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MSMT’s fabulous New York, in 42nd Street

You know how this story goes: Lovely, ambitious, and impossibly nice tap-dancing ingénue arrives in Depression-era New York City to make it on Broadway, and — by a mingling of pluck, luck, and looks — she gets herself cast as a chorus girl.
A glorious homage
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  August 24, 2012

Organized labor's big moment

The public discussion around organized labor's influence on Rhode Island politics is a crude business.
How much clout do Rhode Island's unions wield, circa 2011? We're about to find out
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 16, 2011
the great depression and republican Bolsheviks

There is no mystery to the debt crisis. Plus: Scott Brown, and the Boston Foundation

Understanding the debate about raising the debt ceiling, and imagining the economic crisis that will follow if Congress fails to do so, is really very simple.
Republican Bolsheviks
By EDITORIAL  |  July 22, 2011

Why the NFL sucks

Oh, we meant to say "Why the NFL sucks . . . except for the Patriots." Sorry. And prepare yourself for a sporting screed.
Tales of the No Fun League; judging the judges; parsing the Pamphlet of Record
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 07, 2011

Wound to precision

The phrase "perfect summer beach read" doesn't make much sense to me. A week at the water is the right moment for me to put down a diverting thriller and indulge in a novel that necessitates those rarest of commodities: unencumbered time and attention.
Paul Harding's Tinkers , this year's surprise Pulitzer winner
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 16, 2010

The Art of Greed

There’s nothing like a good swindle story, especially when you can trust that, in the end, the bad guys will be collared and the virtuous will be rewarded.
2nd Story's Late Christopher Bean
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 16, 2010


Twilight of the superheroes

While riding the New York subway one warm night in 1922, Hotchkiss-schooled, Yale-educated Henry Robinson Luce conjured the name of his epoch-defining magazine after spotting an arresting advertising placard.
The ghost of Time Inc.’s Henry Luce haunts Bill Keller, Executive Editor of the New York Times
By PETER KADZIS  |  April 30, 2010

Trying times for Obama

It was only a matter of time before President Barack Obama turned into a deficit hawk. But it is a measure of the desperation sparked by Scott Brown's election to Ted Kennedy's old Senate seat that Obama hatched before the conclusion of the 2010 congre
Tough times for the nation
By EDITORIAL  |  January 29, 2010

Alternative universe

In the 1930s and '40s, Boston painters developed a moody, mythic realism. They mixed social satire with depictions of street scenes, Biblical scenes, and mystical symbolic narratives, all of it darkened by the shadow of the Great Depression and World W
Boston Expressionism in context
By GREG COOK  |  December 18, 2009

Interview: Richard Lewis

"My dream [today] was bad. It was like a Jewish, Fellini-esque dragons-with-skulls-and-ex-girlfriends."
Richard Lewis can't stop himself
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 18, 2009

Goal rush!

Get two journalists in a room these days, and before the conversation is five minutes old they'll probably be kvetching about the grim state of the news business. Unless, that is, they happen to be sports journalists, in which case the conversation wil
How long can Boston's frenetic sports-media explosion last?
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 04, 2009


Photos: Gross Thanksgiving food to avoid

Thanksgiving is a time for gorging on food and hanging out with family, but really it's mostly about the food. There are some dishes that take it too far, however, and we are here to help you steer clear of those.
Avoid these fattening and just plain gross Thanksgiving foods
By LISA SPINELLI  |  November 27, 2009

Man and machine

For anyone fascinated with wheels and gears, circus stunts, or political satire, a troupe of performers called Cirque Mechanics bring all that and more.
Cirque Mechanics finds the balance
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 13, 2009

Has Obama peaked? No, he hasn't

Barack Obama's popularity should not be judged by the day-to-day, media-driven vagaries of politics — nor by the wishful thinking of his opponents.
Obama’s days of greatest power and popularity lie before him. But be warned: he might not do what you want with it.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 13, 2009

Arlen the Family

So, Arlen Specter is now a Democrat. That's old news.
Will Specter the Defector trigger a Democratic domination, or is his jump the sign of a growing moderate revolution?
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 08, 2009

Review: Awake and Sing!

Written at the beginning of the Depression, Clifford Odets's Awake and Sing! sounds from its title like a paean to American exuberance and chest-thumping optimism.
Out of time
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 21, 2009