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Thanks to students and unions, #OccupyBoston is growing. It's also dividing.

Thanks to students and unions, #OccupyBoston is growing. It's also dividing.

It was a great day for Occupy Boston. On the heels of drawing support from Boston labor unions, the Dewey Square ranks swelled to include...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 05, 2011

Why parenthood is a bad model for government

Political theory has, for centuries, come down to an analogy of anatomy, or of family: the head of the government is the head of the body politic, or the head of the household.
Diagnosing democracy
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 11, 2011
Globe Columnist Alex Beam hates hip-hop even more than he hates Twitter

Globe Columnist Alex Beam hates hip-hop even more than he hates Twitter

Alex Beam has more beef than 50 Cent. The Boston Globe columnist is a longtime enemy of all bloggers, prone to channeling his insecurities through...
By Chris Faraone  |  December 14, 2010

PODCAST: Cornel West, Mary Gordon, and Harvey Cox on the answer to atheism

Click to play video, or download the mp3 after the jumpThis week in the Phoenix, Adam Reilly profiles  "atheist superstar" Greg Epstein, Harvard's Humanist chaplain...
By Carly Carioli  |  December 01, 2009

Ask the black woman

I've lived in Maine for seven years and been writing for this fine publication for about five, and during that time I've covered a wide array of subjects on the issue of diversity in Maine.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  August 21, 2009


If there was ever any doubt that race and perception are intimately linked, the bizarre arrest of Harvard superstar Henry Louis Gates Jr. — which hit the news this past Monday — should dispel it once and for all.
Banner come back
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 24, 2009

risd list

Artful dodger

Phillipe and Jorge are quite disappointed to see that the Rhode Island School of Design Museum will be closing for the month of August, largely due to its endowment being down due to the economic recession.
Keep the RISD Museum open in August! Plus, the weirdness on C Street.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 17, 2009

Review: Examined Life

Astra Taylor's peripatetic gabfest doesn't examine "life" so much as it trolls the gray area between genuine philosophy and pop-cultural pap.
Astra Taylor's deep thoughts
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 01, 2009

The Night James Brown Saved Boston

The memory of what Brown and White accomplished 40 years ago should endure.
Documentary that situates the concert in a larger context
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 05, 2008

Soul control

Just as an attention getter, the title of VH1’s new rock-doc treatment of James Brown’s April 5, 1968, concert at Boston Garden — The Night James Brown Saved Boston — is hard to beat.
James Brown rescues Boston, and a whole lot more
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 02, 2008

The Summers putsch goes awry

The Harvard presidential putsch, engineered by a minority faction of the Arts and Sciences faculty, may yet fail to accomplish the second half of its goal: to determine Lawrence Summers’s replacement.
Freedom watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 16, 2006


I stand by what I said

We find ourselves in what we academics call “a teachable moment.” 
The speech Harvard's Larry Summers should have given six months ago
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  February 23, 2006