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Interview: Rory O’Connor digs social media

Rory O'Connor has been thinking about trust and the media for a long time.
News trust
By DAN KENNEDY  |  May 18, 2012
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The mind is the battleground in the Gamm’s 1984

"War Is Peace" and "Freedom Is Slavery" were government slogans in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four , his dystopian fever dream.
Reality check
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 04, 2012
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Interview: Paolo Bacigalupi talks about The Windup Girl

Paolo Bacigalupi talks about The Windup Girl

By ARAFAT KAZI  |  August 06, 2010

High-octane coverage

Despite admirable wall-to-wall coverage from the national mainstream press and unusually in-depth reports from network television and cable, the Huffington Post has emerged as perhaps the single best go-to source for developing news and wide-ranging com
The Huffington Post owns Gulf coverage; plus, that Hitchens memoir
By PETER KADZIS  |  June 04, 2010
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Words around town

“Every writer I know has trouble writing,” said Joseph Heller. Let that serve as comfort.
Our fair city is chock full of people who write well and are willing to teach you their trade.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  April 30, 2010
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The other LA

“Absent the Center” is a collection from two of Danny Jauregui’s most recent series of works investigating social space, both are deeply rooted in a cultural and historical context specific to Los Angeles.
Danny Jauregui brings the Left Coast to Bowdoin
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  April 23, 2010


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Orwell and Shakespeare in a Minute

"I thought we were going to be talking about windmills," Jenny Sawyer mutters as she looks into the camera, sandwiched between two pigs.
Second-Hand Books Dept.
By MARIANNA FAYNSHTEYN  |  January 29, 2010

Paging Queequeg

Like Captain Ahab with Moby-Dick, it appears Providence Bishop Tommy Tobin has his own obsession with Rep. Patrick Kennedy.
Patrick and the Bishop go another round. Plus, farewell to Mary and Art.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 27, 2009

Crossword: ''Home slice''

Rolling in the dough.
Rolling in the dough.
By MATT JONES  |  November 13, 2009
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Beat the Tweet

Warm weather is supposed to be accessorized by lackaday, by a breezy sensibility best enjoyed with a frosty tall boy in one hand, the sloppy product of a back-yard barbecue in the other. Instead, I find myself struggling to balance my beer between my kne
Social networking is ruining your summer vacation — just accept it already and go outside
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  July 24, 2009
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Mass betrayal

Is the Massachusetts House of Representatives beyond all hope? Under Democratic leadership, the song has pretty much remained the same for the last decade and a half: an insular and out-of-touch legislature is lost in its own constricted and often petty
How House progressives have let you down — and why they'll do it again
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 19, 2009


Monkeying around

Dire fiscal conditions at most media outlets have led major local players like the Providence Journal and WJAR/Channel 10 to pursue a unique employment strategy. Both organizations are apparently looking into securing the services of trained gibbons
Going ape at the urinal + WJAR. Plus, a compelling reason to stay healthy
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 29, 2009
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Super Sonik

When Cambridge native Caleb Neelon talks about how he got hooked on graffiti, he often recounts a trip he took to Germany with his mom in 1990.  
Graffitist Caleb Neelon is a street survivor
By GREG COOK  |  February 18, 2009
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The nanny state

Assaults on liberty promoted by right-wing authoritarians, such as President George W. Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney, may be difficult to combat, but they are easy to recognize.
Why Boston's latest tobacco ban is a blow to liberty
By EDITORIAL  |  December 17, 2008
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RI DOT marks the spot

Just when you think questionable doings couldn’t get any more questionable in Rhode Island, along comes the state Department of Transportation.
A veritable treasure trove of dubious state doings
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 26, 2008
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Light and dark

Fusionworks Dance Company has always presented a variety of contemporary pieces by a wide range of choreographers, with an emphasis on the work of artistic director Deb Meunier.
Fusionworks’ captivating mood swings
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 19, 2008


Dream on

It’s 4:30 on a Friday afternoon.
Some of Boston’s best chefs share their professional fantasies
By RUTH TOBIAS  |  June 29, 2007

After Dark: Chapter One

Eyes mark the shape of the city.
An excerpt from Haruki Murakami's After Dark
By HARUKI MURAKAMI  |  May 16, 2007
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London falling

Damon Albarn — Blur frontman, Gorillaz supremo, and now millennial minstrel to the drowning city of London — is that eerie modern specimen, the pop star who talks like a critic. The Good, The Bad, and the Queen, "Kingdom of Doom" (streaming video)
Damon Albarn’s The Good, the Bad & the Queen
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 21, 2007
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Political theater of the absurd

It was right out of the theater of the absurd or George Orwell: if certain people say something is true, then it must be true.
Governmental ethics
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  November 01, 2006
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Censored artwork hits the road

The controversial art of Thomas Manning, a man branded a cop killer by his detractors and a political prisoner by his supporters, returned to the USM campus that had sent it packing one week earlier when some seventy supporters gathered there last Friday
Supporters take prisoner’s paintings for a walk
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  September 20, 2006


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Democracy and distaste

David Irving is a British historian who has spent his professional career first denying that the Holocaust took place, then saying that it had been grossly exaggerated. He is a deeply unsympathetic character.
The Phoenix Editorial: What we can learn from the case of a Nazi apologist
By EDITORIAL  |  February 22, 2006
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Elemental journeys

Exploration is the fodder of Five by Tenn and Tom Crean — Antarctic Explorer .
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By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 02, 2006