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Freedom can be taxing
As the landscape of listenable music gets bigger and bigger, the simple question — what to listen to? — becomes harder every day.
PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| February 01, 2013
Police drones redefine civil liberty
The War on Terrorism — or whatever name it goes by today — has not been kind to the freedom in whose name it dispenses death.
Privacy's new threat
| August 10, 2012
The 15th Annual Muzzle Awards
Liberal dreams that Barack Obama would somehow usher in a progressive paradise were always misplaced.
Our annual look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England
| July 13, 2012
Review: For Greater Glory
Bring coffee, because director Dean Wright's dramatization of the 3-year-long Cristero War (1926-9) seems to last longer than the Mexican conflict itself.
| June 01, 2012
Circumstance begins like an early Kiarostami film, but with schoolgirls in hijabs instead of schoolboys in sweaters.
Schoolgirls in hijabs
| September 09, 2011
Review: Apollo 18
Officially, the final lunar manned launch was Apollo 17 in 1972. But what if there was another, secret one, and footage from it was "found" somewhere?
López-Gallego's inert thriller
| September 09, 2011
For Memphis Three, a bitter guilty plea
On Friday — after inspiring songs, award-winning documentaries, and celebrity-led protests — the West Memphis Three were suddenly freed from state custody, but only after all three pleaded guilty to the murders as part of the deal that secured their free
| August 26, 2011
Beyond espionage: Four ways the United States can still prosecute WikiLeaks's Julian Assange
Not long after WikiLeaks entered the international lexicon, the question became not whether the United States government would prosecute founder Julian Assange, but how .
HARVEY SILVERGLATE AND KYLE SMEALLIE
| January 07, 2011
Liveblogging Franzen on Oprah
Today, December 6th, 2010: Jonathan Franzen appears on Oprah. And I'm liveblogging it. 3:59 pm: The teaser has a hug! Oprah says they've never met...
| December 06, 2010
This month, Jonathan Franzen became the first living American novelist in 10 years to make the cover of Time . His Freedom — out this Tuesday, and his first novel since 2001's National Book Award–winning best seller, The Corrections — has been anoin
Jonathan Franzen and the Great American Novel
| August 27, 2010
Tyme fer moore lernin’
Much sport has been made of the hilariously misspelled signs created and proudly displayed at rallies by barely literate Tea Partiers.
| April 30, 2010
Will Beacon Hill be bullied into enacting a politically correct law?
A case of high-school bullying in South Hadley ended in tragedy this past January when the alleged victim, a freshman girl, committed suicide. Now, ramped up by the outrage over the case, Massachusetts legislators are in danger of enacting a politically
| April 09, 2010
Review: Akon | Freedom
Back in April 2007, R&B singer and rapper Akon dry-humped a 15-year-old girl on stage, an incident that led to some overblown criticism in the conservative media.
Droppin', poppin', etc.
| December 15, 2008
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