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Interview: Glenn Danzig

There was a moment, while I was on hold on the phone as Glenn Danzig was being summoned by his publicist, where I was a tad intimidated. And not just because I was about to talk about one of the more legendary and divisive figures in the history of punk
The horror-punk legend on  Deth Red Sabaoth , comics, and vast global conspiracies
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 18, 2010
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Apple loses its cool

Sheez, they’re getting awfully touchy out in Cupertino.
Once the underdog cult darling battling the evil empire, Apple is fighting an image problem — and critics, who say it’s betrayed the digital revolution
By WEN STEPHENSON  |  May 14, 2010
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The Phoenix cleans up at NENPA

Was 2009 a good year for newspapers?
Tooting Our Own Horn Dept.
By LANCE GOULD  |  February 12, 2010

Dane Cook does suck

In "Dane Cook Is Funny," the author says that to say “ 'Dane Cook is not funny' is an extreme oversimplification.” Not really.
Letters to the Boston editor, January 22, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 22, 2010
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Scientology defector tells all

If every last allegation that Church of Scientology (CoS) defector Nancy Many charges in My Billion Year Contract is true, then her book should inspire several FBI raids and a Lifetime mini-series to rival any Charles Manson documentary.
Many's Rivers to Cross Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 15, 2010
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What's the scam?

Back on the morning of June 7, 1982, a man walked into the New York branch of the Middle East Bank on the 25th floor of a Madison Avenue office building and tried to deposit a $2 million check. The man, a native of the United Arab Emirates, left without
Trying to bilk the Scientologists
By JIM SCHUH  |  September 25, 2009


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Gloom merchants

It would’ve been nice if Bobby Hecksher, songsmith and ringleader of the Warlocks, had spoon-fed me some anecdotes from back when he used to trip out with Timothy Leary.
The Warlocks’ psych is far from psyched
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  August 07, 2009
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Scientology Back in the News - This Time Banned from Wikipedia


 I'm not generally prone to blindly push along potential rumors (even if they're probably true)...
By Chris Faraone  |  June 01, 2009
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Year in pictures


Imagery 2008
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 24, 2008

Beyond a joke

Your recent “Chick Schtick” article contained a very interesting and revealing line.
Letters to the Boston editor, October 31, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 29, 2008

Choosing my religion

There’s nothing that strikes me as heroic or important about Gregg Housh’s farcical jihad against Scientology.  
Letters to the Boston editor, October 24, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 22, 2008


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Battling Scientology

In a world wracked with uncertainty, there is at least one thing you can bet on: pick a fight with the Church of Scientology, and its leaders will fight back — always with vigor, often with a vengeance, and sometimes with litigation that can be long and
Anonymous's Gregg Housh is committed to bringing down the Church of Scientology. Is he a gadfly or a goon?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 15, 2008
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Photos: Guy Fawkes Day


Anonymous protest against Church of Scientology, Boston, MA, October 11, 2008
By MATT TEUTEN  |  October 15, 2008
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Real to reel

Even now, after Greil Marcus’s Lipstick Traces and Simon Reynolds’s Rip It Up and Start Again , the rock-star-as-vector-of-ideas is still something of a challenge for us.
The exquisite artifice and lasting weirdoid-ness of Roxy Music
By JAMES PARKER  |  April 01, 2008
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Crunch time for Obama and Hillary

If you are a believer in omens — you no doubt picked up on the portent of Billary and Barack’s recent prime time TV buys in the Biggest Little .
Advertising time slots offers a preview of the results
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 27, 2008
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Traveling music

I imagine many Bostonians have a woeful tale or two of a nighttime bus trip to New York for a show that’s gone wrong.
Boston techno hits the road with Zero G
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  January 07, 2008


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Untrue north

Just as there are many universes in the world of Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass (published in Great Britain as Northern Lights ), so there are many movies in this New Line adaptation.
This Compass doesn't point to Pullman
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 05, 2007

Californians show impressive grace under pressure

Many of us haven’t felt a hell of a lot of national pride over the last six or so years.
Golden state
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  October 31, 2007
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Difficult people

As a reader of fiction, at this point in life I’m sort of in my late Imperial phase — a sensationalist, easily distracted, with a vulgar appetite for brilliance.
Tom Perrotta keeps his characters company through the bumps and bumbles of American life
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 03, 2007
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The Invasion

This latest incarnation from Oliver Hirschbiegel also has a lot of anxiety to work with.
Another soulless copy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 22, 2007

The cult of the Mooninites

Regarding Harvey Silverglate’s Web post “ The Artists Are Innocent ”: this was not performance art.
Letters to the Boston editor: February 16, 2007
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  February 14, 2007


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JC > TC

"Tom Cruise is the new “Christ” of Scientology, according to leaders of the cult-like religion."
Mounting a sermon
By JOHN SMITH  |  January 31, 2007
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Cheap cheer

Why bother caroling when you can spike your eggnog and sing karaoke? Heck, why venture into the windy streets when you can snuggle next to the radiator with a six-pack of cheep beer?
The Scrooge – lovers guide to seasonal fun
By VANESSA CZARNECKI  |  December 12, 2006
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Is Iraq in a civil war or something indefinably worse?

The Today Show ’s Matt Lauer, as easy going a news guy as exists on television, nonetheless finds himself a catalyst of controversy for the second time in 18 months.
The debate, although good for America, is irrelevant to Iraq
By EDITORIAL  |  November 29, 2006
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Kids’ stuff

As the world’s most famous Scientologist honeymoons in the Maldives, junior-bird-man havoc is being wreaked on Tom Cruise’s ideology of choice.
A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant ; Exceptions to Gravity
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 28, 2006
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Life, examined

Solo performer Mike Daisey has been described as a cross between Noam Chomsky and Jack Black, Spalding Gray and Robin Williams and — my favorite — “Jackie Gleason meets Franz Kafka.”
Delving deeper with Mike Daisey
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 26, 2006


Learning the hard way

Barbara Merrill spent the summer demonstrating she’s not qualified to be governor.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 13, 2006
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True Dick?

Philip K. Dick saw into the future, man, the FUTURE. Scanner brained: Richard Linklater animates Philip K. Dick’s Darkly . By Peter Keough A slacker darkly: Why Dick likes Dick. By Peter Keough
Looking for fidelity to the cyber-punk master
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 05, 2006

Flashbacks: June 2, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Jessica Coughlin and Sam MacLaughlin.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 31, 2006
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Alchemical ascendancy

Maynard James Keenan, to borrow an observation made about the young William Burroughs, has the face of a sheep-killing dog — taut, starved, bleakly symmetrical, with an underhang of menace.
Into the heart of Tool’s darkness
By JAMES PARKER  |  May 17, 2006