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Review: The Sessions

No other film this year pushes as many Academy buttons as Ben Lewin's adaptation of the true story of the Dorchester-born poet and writer Mark O'Brien, a paralyzed polio survivor who hired a sex surrogate to lose his virginity.
Sexual healing
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 26, 2012
protesters of the week

Do the fight thing

Union flags were flown, loud music roared, and fleets of motorcycles rumbled, as several thousand people marched for civil rights and human dignity, and, in at least one case, to scold moguls for banking gross salaries at the expense of workers.
Bostonians rising in anger -- and action -- against ableism, racism, Verizon, and Fox News
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 12, 2011

Review: Robert Pollard | Elephant Jokes

Pollard doesn't care whether you listen to his music. The entire world could be rendered deaf and he'd still put out a half-dozen albums a year, driven by a need to express the twisted melodies and schizophasic lyrics that clutter his brain.
Guided By Voices Inc. (2009)
By MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  August 14, 2009

Federal judge: more rights for the unborn

A federal judge in Bangor, Maine, has recognized a new right of fetuses that could become a key element in the nation's ongoing abortion debate.
Fetal Obligations
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 12, 2009

Freedom RIDErs

This article originally appeared in the August 12, 1988 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
A new civil-rights movement emerges
By SEAN FLYNN  |  August 14, 2008

Breaking it down

There are so many things wrong with this review, both factually and in his dismissal and apparent ignorance of the whole culture of hip-hop.
Letters to the Boston editor, April 18, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 16, 2008


Tax break heaven

As the economy sours, state taxes are bringing in less than expected.
The rich get richer, the middle class picks up the tab, and the state goes broke. Here’s why.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 20, 2008

Christmas cheers

Both mini-plays are stirring up non-stop giggles and guffaws at the Gamm.
Huzzahs for Gamm’s Santaland and Greetings
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  December 11, 2007

Breaking and Entering

What with the Downs-syndrome boy in Notes on a Scandal and now the autistic girl in Anthony Minghella’s Breaking and Entering , maybe the Brits are coming up with a subgenre of the family melodrama in which a spouse is driven to infidelity by a mental
Pretensions do not pay off
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 07, 2007

Letters to the Portland Editor, February 24, 2006

Lance Tapley is my hero; he has the guts to reveal the stories of the abuse and oppression of the poor, disabled and elderly once again.
Readers fire back on the issues of oppression of the poor and elderly, Governor Baldacci's re-election plan, and Woody Allen's Match Point

No place like home

This Friday is Margaret Rouleau’s 77th birthday. It will mark the 56th year she has lived at the Fernald Developmental Center in Waltham, a state-run facility for people with developmental disabilities and mental retardation.
The families of mentally retarded Bay Staters fight to save Fernald — and an entire way of life
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 23, 2006