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Letter to an Old Contrarian
Most of the classes I had with Christopher Hitchens began the same way.
Christopher Hitchens, 1949–2011
| December 23, 2011
2010 Muzzle Awards on campus
Harvard and Yale universities felt the sting of the global economic collapse firsthand in 2009, as the endowments of these stalwart New England Ivy League members dropped by nearly a third. The schools didn’t fare much better in the free marketplace of
Harvard and Yale once again lead the way . . . for academic censorship
| July 02, 2010
Despite admirable wall-to-wall coverage from the national mainstream press and unusually in-depth reports from network television and cable, the Huffington Post has emerged as perhaps the single best go-to source for developing news and wide-ranging com
The Huffington Post owns Gulf coverage; plus, that Hitchens memoir
| June 04, 2010
Ken Miller just can’t win
What’s an honorable man to do?
Brown biology professor attacked by Darwin-hating fundies and leftie atheists alike
| March 05, 2010
Greg Epstein, Atheist Superstar
Once an intellectual taboo, atheism has become one of the great growth industries of the third millennium.
Can Harvard's humanist chaplain save nonbelief from itself?
| November 27, 2009
August Wilson pioneered a magical realism all his own.
Fences, plus The Savannah Disputation and Mister Roberts
| September 25, 2009
Ideas and emotions
Grace takes place in the recent memories of the title character as well as in her difficult present. The basic concern here, which nags her like a toothache, is the non-existence of the divine.
The Gamm delivers Grace at a fever pitch
| March 17, 2009
100 Unsexiest Men of the Year Follow-Up
The problem with dropping our Unsexiest list in March of an election year is that we never know what kind of weasels, Republicans, and Republican weasels will urinate in America’s stream of consciousness down the final stretch.
Because There Was an Election
| December 04, 2008
Required reading for Joe Fitzgerald
In today's Boston Herald, the inimitable Joe Fitzgerald wonders: why all the fuss over Sarah Palin? Then he offers some theories. Palin's detractors--"self-styled suffragettes," as...
| October 20, 2008
Sandra Bernhard was supposed to be performing in Boston this week. But that was before she challenged whether Sarah Palin would keep the baby if she became pregnant after being violated by a group of black men in New York.
The case of Sandra Bernhard vs. Sarah Palin begs the question: is it ever okay to use “rape” in a punch line?
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN
| October 16, 2008
Palin: off the reservation?
That's the conclusion of Politico's Roger Simon:The real problem for McCain is that Palin is running a separate--and scary--campaign that does not seem to be...
| October 14, 2008
Should Americans Send Books to Iraq?
Sending books to Iraq to promote civic culture in Iraq might help you to sleep more soundly. But do small-scale efforts make more than a symbolic impact?
| August 20, 2008
Photos: The surreal spectacle of North Korea's Mass Games
While the world’s eyes are focused on the Olympic Games in Beijing, just 500 miles away another major sporting extravaganza will kick off in the more austere communist capital of Pyongyang. The Mass Games, held twice annually in North Korea, is the most
While everyone else watches the Olympics, Asia's weirdest sporting event transpires in the world's most secretive country
| August 07, 2008
Amis hasn’t had this much press since he fell out with Julian Barnes.
Amis yes and no
| June 02, 2008
Don't tase me, bro
2007 was the year that viral humor hit critical mass.
The year in would-be catch phrases
| December 21, 2007
Frank Darabont’s adaptation of the Stephen King novella spawns a horror beyond human comprehension. Yes, I’m talking about another performance by Marcia Gaye Harden.
| November 20, 2007
Angels in America
The publication this month of the selected correspondence of Mother Teresa has revealed that, for many years, the Saint of Calcutta entertained significant doubts about the existence of God.
If the world’s saintliest woman can have doubts about God, surely the world’s most cynical man can also question his non-belief?
| September 19, 2007
In two weeks of “Talking Politics” columns about Massachusetts politics, David S. Bernstein has left us bewildered about what candidates think.
Letters to the Boston editor: September 14, 2007
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| September 12, 2007
Dance Monkey: Lizz Winstead
It will be called Harry Pott-him .
A visiting comic in the hot seat
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN
| July 16, 2007
There’s no doubt about it: right now, God is on the side of the atheists.
A new army of atheists is taking no prisoners in its battle with God and his self-appointed faith dealers
| June 06, 2007
For hard rock, heated debate, child-care tips, and latex puppetry, 2006 was a banner year in television. Who says the culture’s going to the dogs?
A year in television
| December 18, 2006
Windbags of change
Regardless of which major party sits astride Capitol Hill, Washington is a conservative city. Not in ideological terms, mind you.
A front-row seat at the midterm elections
| November 08, 2006
Had Groucho Marx been a Marxist and stopped in the middle of A Night at the Opera to praise Karl Marx, the effect might have been a little like that which greeted Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez after he lauded Noam Chomsky at the UN General Assembly
As the lefty linguist’s most recent book rises to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list, a partisan explains why Noam Chomsky’s all that
| September 27, 2006
Flashbacks: September 29, 2006
These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Dan Peleschuk, Ian Sands, and Eva Wolchover.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
| September 27, 2006
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