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Eat, pray, shove

So after all the roarings and the thumpings and the garlands and the scandals, after all the sex and the jazz and the fires on the moon and the women’s-libbers howling for his blood and the glass bouncing off Gore Vidal’s head, the old lion ends his days
Cooking with Mailer in two new memoirs
By JAMES PARKER  |  April 02, 2010
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Updike does death, R. Crumb does God, Vanity Fair does Proust

Trying to reach as broad a range of tastes and pocketbooks as possible, we this year scavenged everything from the front pages of the Onion to R. Crumb's genesis, to valedictory Updike. Stuff to read, stuff to look at, glossy pages and matte. Remember
Gift books to savor
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 11, 2009
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Review: Amelia

The hallowed formula for an Oscar Best Picture nomination — legendary figure, pat rise and fall scenario, overproduced visuals and music, a showboating performance from a name actor, reassuring platitudes — falls flat in what is Mira Nair’s worst picture
Plane bad
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 23, 2009
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Murder in six degrees

You’ve probably never heard of Peter Ivers.
Peter Ivers — pals with john Belushi to the Circle Jerks — was killed in 1983. A new book recalls his fascinating life — and mysterious death.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 10, 2008
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Chris Bull

A bike is the most appropriate technology for moving around the city — it’s easy to park, and it’s powered by burritos and beer.
Almost famous
By FRANK MULLIN  |  March 05, 2008
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American original

During the great American renaissance period in movies, Hollywood was in the hands of the counterculture.
Arthur Penn at the Harvard Film Archive
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  January 29, 2008


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Dead white females

Can you remember the last time you curled up under the covers with Marcel Proust’s I n Search of Lost Time ?
From Fall Out Boy to One Night in Paris , modern pop culture is what it is today thanks to 10 long-expired ladies
By SHARON STEEL  |  August 08, 2007
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Salman speaks

This article originally appeared in the May 6, 1999 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Rushdie's new novel, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, is a work of epic ambition that fuses myth with rock-and-roll reality
By PETER KADZIS  |  June 21, 2007

Crossword: 'Soy what?'


I'm just bean crazy, that's all
By MATT JONES  |  March 28, 2007
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Boston Music News: January 19, 2007

Leah Callahan is the former singer from atmospheric Boston bands Turkish Delight and Betwixt, as well as the driving force behind a small performance-art/music group called the Illegitimate Theatre Company. Sebadoh, "The Freed Pig" (mp3)
Notes on the Glass Set, Six Day Slide, and the Sebadoh reunion
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  January 16, 2007
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Yule logs

From $16 paperbacks to $120 collector’s items, we’ve come up with a range of selections that should cover everyone on your list — from former classics majors and music fans to future art critics and lovers of high-fashion soft-core.
Virgil, Ted Williams, Courtney Love, Bruce Springsteen, and other ideas for the giving season
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 07, 2006


Point to Point Navigation: A Memoir by Gore Vidal


Doubleday, 288 pages, $32
By PETER KADZIS  |  December 05, 2006

Where’s the Outrage? Pt. 2

When George W. Bush makes his State of the Union Address, protesters in scores of US communities — including Westerly — plan to embark on a symbolic effort to drown out the president.
 Critics mount an alternative State of the Union
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 25, 2006
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Why We Fight

As Eugene Jarecki’s documentary of the same title points out,  Why We Fight was originally a series of propaganda movies produced by Frank Capra during World War II.
Rating: 2 stars
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 25, 2006