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Review: The Turin Horse

Review: The Turin Horse(1)

Legend has it that in Turin, Friedrich Nietzsche came across a horse being beaten by its driver. Nietzsche embraced the horse, went insane, and remained so for the rest of his life.
Bela Tarr's final film
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 09, 2012

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

How the other half eats?

Seeking to understand our once-and-future masters, I headed up to Falmouth, where registered Republicans outnumber Democrats, to examine how they eat. I followed some expensive sedans to Johnny's Bistro.
Sampling suburban fare in Falmouth
By BRIAN DUFF  |  February 19, 2010

Stopping time

BSO music director James Levine has returned to Symphony Hall for the first time since October, when back surgery put him out of commission.
The BSO, Peter Maxwell Davies, BCMS, BMOP, Mark Morris, and Christian Tetzlaff
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  February 05, 2010

Play by play: August 14, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 14, 2009

Play by Play: August 7, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 07, 2009

Play by play: July 31, 2009

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 31, 2009

Quake and Shake

A tenderhearted yarn spinner tells an anxious little girl a story about a talking bear hawking honey. A nerdy young debt collector comes home to find a six-foot amphibian bent on recruiting him to save Tokyo from a natural disaster. Both scenarios emanat
Company One meshes Murakami; Orfeo compacts the Bard
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 24, 2009

2008 Listravaganza Part 2

Everything you wanted to know about the year in music, in tidy lists of 10.
The lighter side of music in 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 05, 2009

What We Do Is Secret

That staple of the musical bio-pic — a close-up of dope bubbling on a spoon — punctuates Rodger Grossman’s account of the short life of Darby Crash.
Exposition trumps atmosphere
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  August 20, 2008

On the nature of things

Too often we seek just the wrong thing in the legacy of Greece, looking for something deep, weighty, and purifying, when the lesson of the Hellenic way of life should be just the opposite.
Two Greek perspectives on traditional food
By BRIAN DUFF  |  April 23, 2008


The play’s the thing

A couple of weeks ago at the Oscars, the first Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film to go to an Austrian went to the wrong filmmaker.
 Interview: Michael Haneke on the rules of his Games
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 04, 2008

Patrick Lynch goes for broke

One small basketball photo lurks inconspicuously on a far wall in the spacious South Main Street office of Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch.
In gunning for Governor, the term-limited AG has little to lose
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 23, 2008

That’s amore

The invention of pizza in the 17th century coincided with a turning point for the most enduring sex-adverse culture in history — Catholicism.
Indian pizzas — and others — tempt Portland with sultry spice
By BRIAN DUFF  |  November 28, 2007

''Great Journeys''

Now that the jungle is withdrawing, and the wilderness is tenanted, the brief of the travel writer has altered somewhat.
From Marco Polo to Twain and Shackleton, with a bit of Pico Iyer
By JAMES PARKER  |  September 24, 2007

Stormy weather

The BSO has been having terrible luck hanging on to its star soloists.
BSO cancellations, plus the Camerata, Jonathan Biss, Emmanuel Music, and more
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 28, 2007


Cheatin’ heart

In The Unbearable Lightness of Being , Milan Kundera struck upon an idea to give every cheating heart a moment’s pause.
In Lionel Shriver, you only live twice
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  March 16, 2007

Inside the L.A.B.

This Saturday, March 3, a new record store opens in Boston. DJ Alcala, "February 2007 mix" (mp3)
New store defines ‘culture-fusing’; Alcala’s German mix
By DAVID DAY  |  February 27, 2007

The A list

Overall, a great list; impossible to do and make everyone happy.
Letters to the Boston editor: November 10, 2006
By PHOENIX LETTERS  |  November 14, 2006

The Mormonator

Political dynasties are as American as apple pie.
Mitt Romney’s blinding ambition. Plus, the inexplicable opposition to an Armenian-genocide memorial.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 30, 2006

Ethical eating

Friedrich Nietzsche wanted to be remembered as a nutritionist.
Foie gras isn’t the only question
By BRIAN DUFF  |  September 13, 2006