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A smoker’s tale

Somehow one is surprised — if one is a semi-conscious literary journalist like me — by the discovery that Will Self has continued to produce books.  
Will Self’s The Butt
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 08, 2008
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The T and the Tube

From time to time, upon discovering that I moved here from my native London, a well-meaning Bostonian will make the conciliatory observation that our two cities are not, after all, so very different.
London’s Underground is seething with danger. Boston’s T has cuckoo juice
By JAMES PARKER  |  April 30, 2008
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Chris Bull

A bike is the most appropriate technology for moving around the city — it’s easy to park, and it’s powered by burritos and beer.
Almost famous
By FRANK MULLIN  |  March 05, 2008
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Read all about it

Riding there red line from Central Square to Park Street recently, a friend of mine from Philadelphia surveyed the length of the train and said, “You don’t see this in Philly.”
Some of Boston’s best bars have a literary history
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  September 01, 2006
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Anheuser-Busch Demon’s Hop Yard IPA

When A-B, the world’s third-largest brewery, announced their “You Choose It, We’ll Brew It” campaign, in which New England beer drinkers were afforded the opportunity to vote on a craft beer that would reflect the region’s tastes, I was wary.
Big brewer, big flavor
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 30, 2006
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Moz-a-mania

The disappointing thing about Henry Rollins — otherwise a paragon of American manhood — has always been the fact that he is, in public at least, a Moz basher.
The singular brilliance of Morrissey  
By JAMES PARKER  |  March 27, 2006