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Barbarians, legions clash at Holiday Inn

On Saturday morning, more than a hundred men crowded into the banquet hall of the Holiday Inn beside the turnpike exit in Westbrook. They came with armies in tow, prepared to refight many of the most famous battles of history.
Repeating History
By WHIT RICHARDSON  |  May 07, 2010

Creating a legend

The soldiers of the 20th Maine Regiment marched quickly into the night, moving west from Hanover toward Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 1, 1863.
How Little Round Top made Chamberlain a hero
By DONALD G. FULTON  |  January 08, 2010

Interview: Ken Burns

After watching The National Parks: America's Best Idea , it would be easy to conclude that it all could have been said a lot faster. Ken Burns disagrees — but he's not just being defensive.
On his latest PBS documentary, The National Parks
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  September 25, 2009

Anita Silvey

In her near-40-years working in the field of children's literature, Boston-area resident Anita Silvey has been everything from a publisher, to an editor, an author, a lecturer, a reviewer, and even a professor.
Women warriors
By IAN SANDS  |  January 16, 2009

The awful truth

Among the signal directors of 1930s comedies — one thinks of Frank Capra, Howard Hawks, Ernst Lubitsch, and George Cukor — Leo McCarey’s name has been largely forgotten.
Leo McCarey was better in the ’30s
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 02, 2008

Brown puts Italian epic painting online

The problem with an enormous piece of art, though, is where to do you put it?
Big art
By GREG COOK  |  December 05, 2007


Ego Trippin’

All the stories chronicling the demise of the Barack Obama campaign are premature, no matter what the current polls say.
Obama can still win the Democratic nomination — b ut first, he has to get over himself
By STEVEN STARK  |  October 10, 2007

Empty pantsuit

I have a terrible confession to make: I couldn’t get through either of the two new biographical tomes about Hillary Clinton.
There's a reason why two new biographies of Hillary Clinton elicit such yawns
By STEVEN STARK  |  June 22, 2007

Night of the living dead?

Reading your feature on the Massachusetts Republican Party’s long slide into irrelevance, I’m reminded of that suddenly popular quote: “I used to be a Republican before they lost their minds."
Letters to the Boston editor: October 27, 2006
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 25, 2006

Urban branding

The Boston Center for the Arts is a one-time white elephant morphing into an urban tiger.
The BCA’s ‘Inside::out’
By MARK FAVERMANN  |  June 27, 2006

Being there

Being there fascinates us. We like to watch even if we don’t participate, we are reminded by “States of Siege: A Consideration of Re-enactment Photography,” at the University of Rhode Island Main Gallery through March 12.
Considering re-enactments at URI
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 22, 2006