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Review: My Afternoons with Margueritte

European cinema doesn't have as many sure-fire formulas as Hollywood, but the one described, I think, by Pauline Kael as the "lonely child, clean old man" scenario has long endured.
Twisting the "lonely child, clean old man" formula
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 23, 2011
Bill O'Reilly. In the Phoenix. On porn.

Bill O'Reilly. In the Phoenix. On porn.

READ: Bill O'Reilly, ELI WALLACH ON ACTORS AND ACTING [February 5, 1974]READ: Bill O'Reilly, THE DEVIL BEHIND THE DEVIL IN MISS JONES [April 30, 1974] ...
By Steve Miller  |  August 26, 2010

Flashback: Love is the Drug

When the government cast the fisheye over aphrodisiacs a few weeks ago, it sent the hopes of countless philophiles into the deep freeze. Well, I've read the summary report of the US Food and Drug Administration denouncing over-the-counter love drugs as

By BROOKE GLADSTONE  |  March 19, 2010

Looking for Trouble

As he does every night, the custodian is riding the red line from Mattapan to his job in Central Square, where he's supposed to start work at midnight. He watches as a group of Guardian Angels leaves the car at Fields Corner, and he confides to another
Lisa Sliwa and the Angels find it in Boston

Sporting Eye

There were 7800 official entries and between 2000 and 3000 others along for the ride. By our crude calculations, the leaders were a mile and a half into the course by the time the last runner crossed the starting line.
See how they ran: No loneliness for these long-distance athletes
By GEORGE KIMBALL and MICHAEL GEE  |  May 01, 2009

Flashbacks: Boston chess champ squares off against a computer, the painful musical pairing of Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, and the squabble over the Boston Tea Party Bicentennial festivities

CRUEL TO BE KIND5 years agoDecember 5, 2003 | Rebecca Paley profiled Dr. William Rashbaum, a long-time practicing, prominent second-trimester abortion provider.“Husbands or boyfriends have...
By Ian Sands  |  December 04, 2008

Flashbacks: Touring MIT's nuclear reactor, the coffee table book from hell, and a 1968 review of the White Album.

RADIATION RULES10 years agoNov. 20, 1998 | Jason Gay toured MIT's nuclear reactor. "...touring a nuc...
By Ian Sands  |  November 21, 2008

Flashbacks: Poking fun at the Globe’s tone deaf corrections, on the campaign trail with Mel King, and the Frisbee as a weapon of war?

TONE DEAF5 years agoNovember 14, 2003 | Chris Wright thought it strange that the Globe delivered trivial corrections in the same tone as it did significant...
By Ian Sands  |  November 14, 2008

Flashbacks: Tantric sex explained, dinner with Julia Child, and a Phoenix writer goes free in Chile

MYTH BUSTING15 years agoOctober 22, 1993 | Cecil Adams, of the Straight Dope, answered a reader’s question.Since you seem to know everything, just what is...
By Ian Sands  |  October 24, 2008

Flashbacks: Artist provocateur Paul Richard puts the ICA up for sale, king of the Bonds and where were you when Agnew Quit?

DEPT. OF REINTERPRETATION10 years agoOctober 16, 1998 | Reporter Sarah McNaught interviewed conceptual artist Paul Richard about his latest “work.”“The 36-year-old provocateur...recently climbed up on...
By Ian Sands  |  October 17, 2008

Flashbacks: Why we should invade France, confessions of a pâté girl and a local campaign spy sounds off on Watergate

NOT TO MENTION THAT FAMOUS FRENCH STENCH5 years agoMay 23, 2003 | Steve Almond asked that Bush and Co. consider invading France.“What the Bush regime...
By Ian Sands  |  May 22, 2008

Flashbacks: Why we should invade France, confessions of a pâté girl and a local campaign spy sounds off on Watergate

NOT TO MENTION THAT FAMOUS FRENCH STENCH5 years agoMay 23, 2003 | Steve Almond asked that Bush and Co. consider invading France.“What the Bush regime...
By Importer  |  May 22, 2008

Jayson Blair revisited, Radiohead’s least favorite Radiohead song, and notes on the plight of the tenant-musician

BAD TIMES5 years agoMay 16, 2003 | Dan Kennedy called for “tougher standards” in journalism in the wake of the Jayson Blair scandal.“Yet by purging...
By Ian Sands  |  May 16, 2008

Flashbacks: alternative Seinfeld endings, a local astrologer on whether or not President Reagan is basing all of his decisions on the astrological charts, and Deep Throat on Trial

WEST ROAST5 years agoMay 9, 2003 | Jay Jaroch mused on the bi-coastal lifestyle and the differences between West and East Coasters.“Sure, it’s been new...
By Ian Sands  |  May 09, 2008

Flashbacks: bidding adieu to Dawson’s Creek, the losingest team in basketball, a visit to an “anti-terrorist” driving school, and the most controversial course in Boston

NOT-SO-FOND FAREWELL5 years agoMay 02, 2003| Joyce Millman bade adieu to the WB’s Dawson’s Creek. “An era is about to end as one of TV’s...
By Ian Sands  |  May 01, 2008
Mental Detox Week

Mental Detox Week

Happy Mental Detox week! Yeah, so Mental Detox week began on Monday and I have yet to actually turn anything off - or at least...
By Will Spitz  |  April 24, 2008

Flashbacks: how Al Gore’s favorite book hurt his campaign chances, animal testing controversy, and the mad, mad world of Miss Baby America pageants

PLAYING FAVORITES5 years agoApril 25, 2003 | Brent Kendall analyzed how a presidential candidate’s declared “favorite book” can affect his campaign chances. “The 2000 election...
By Ian Sands  |  April 24, 2008

Flashbacks: an embedded reporter goes over to the “dark side,” dumb things John Silber once said about gay people, and the virtual house call

CROSSING OVER5 years agoApril 18, 2003 | Dan Kennedy discussed what he thought was “perhaps the most astounding media story to come out" of the...
By Ian Sands  |  April 18, 2008

Flashbacks: A pen with the “genetic essence” of Abe Lincoln, eloquent words for a Red Sox legend, and Daniel Pearl on earthquake etiquette

THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL AND IT’S BEEN PENNED IN FLOURESCENT HUES5 years agoApril 11, 2003 | Camille Dodero looked at how city surfaces were...
By Ian Sands  |  April 10, 2008

Flashbacks: Woman punished for being a dominatrix, Gloucester’s heroin problem, and Kafka on housebreaking a cat

MASSAGE HERESY10 years agoApril 3, 1998 | Sarah McNaught looked into why a local massage student was expelled from the Muscular Therapy Institute upon divulging...
By Ian Sands  |  April 04, 2008

Flashbacks: Press under fire, pro-wrestling as a window onto the Zeitgeist, and the Boston-based followers of a Kid Guru

PRESS UNDER FIREce:office" /> 5 years agoMarch 28, 2003 | Dan Kennedy talked to UVA professor Larry Sabato about the drawbacks of embedded reporting during...
By Ian Sands  |  March 27, 2008

Flashbacks: Reviewing R. Kelly after the arrest, “the writer’s writer’s writer,” and a city with amnesia

THE ICK FACTOR5 years agoMarch 21, 2003| While listening to R. Kelly’s new album, Chocolate Factory, critic Jon Caramanica couldn’t get the singer’s recent transgression...
By Ian Sands  |  March 20, 2008

Flashbacks: The Pope as human shield, the Tarantino touch, and a hermit goes to heaven

HOLY PURPOSE5 years ago March 14, 2003 | Michael Bronski talked to a peace activist with the idea of sending the Pope to Iraq in order...
By Ian Sands  |  March 13, 2008

Flashbacks: The Romney diet, Censorship on the MBTA, and the Pacification of Cambridge

THE ROMNEY DIET5 years ago March 7, 2003 | Kristen Lombardi delved into Governor Romney’s fiscal budget to see who would be hurt most by...
By Ian Sands  |  March 07, 2008

Mangum's opus: Neutral Milk Hotel's "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" turns ten

"Mangum's Opus: Neutral Milk Hotel's epic Aeroplane" by Carly Carioli A decade ago, Carly Carioli interviewed Neutral Milk Hotel's frontman Jeff Mangum about the band's...
By Importer  |  March 07, 2008

Flashbacks: BU Med School's controversial live-animal labs, dissing the Dukester, and stoned stupid

MAD SCIENCE10 years ago February 27, 1998 | Sarah McNaught discovered that Boston University’s medical school was still offering live-animal labs for would-be doctors.“AT BOSTON...
By Ian Sands  |  February 28, 2008

Flashbacks: pre-Iraq war jitters, that damn smoking ban, and the growing clout of the local Hispanic community

RAIN ON THEIR PARADE5 years agoFebruary 21, 2003| Seth Gitell wondered if the imminent invasion of Iraq could turn into a quagmire of urban combat...
By Ian Sands  |  February 21, 2008

Flashbacks: Activist Michael Colby fights the power, a former spy's real world transition, and Boston's gay church

IRRADIATION FIXATION10 years agoFebruary 13, 1998 | Dan Kennedy reported on the controversial activist Michael Colby and his organization Food & Water’s effort to fight...
By Ian Sands  |  February 15, 2008

Flashbacks: adventures in smuggling, all-star alternatives, and yet another person who's been threatened by Dapper O’Neil

CONFESSIONS OF A SMUGGLER20 years agoFebruary 5, 1988 | Nancy Roosa wrote of her experience as a smuggler in Asia.“The offers were almost too good...
By Ian Sands  |  February 07, 2008

FLASHBACKS: Remembering Sarah Pettit, Orientation at the Church of Scientology, and A.I. Gore

TOUGH LOVE5 years agoJanuary 31, 2003 | Michael Bronski remembered the tough-as-nails, gay journalist Sarah Pettit.“I DON’T KNOW that I’d say I enjoyed working with...
By Ian Sands  |  January 31, 2008