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Talking with Vladimir Jurowski

The 40-year-old Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski made an enormous impression last year at his BSO debut, conducting Shostakovich's gnarly hour-long Fourth Symphony.

By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 01, 2013
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Interview: Chris Gethard poolside

Chris Gethard calls The Chris Gethard Show (airing weekly on Manhattan public access) "a gang of weirdoes that hang out, take phone calls on way-too-personal topics, and execute crowd-sourced schemes . . . just because life should be more fun."

By CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  January 18, 2013

West on the new political landscape

Darrell West, former political science professor at Brown University, moved to the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington a few years back. But he never quite left Rhode Island behind.
Q&A
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 04, 2013
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Interview: Nina Hoss on Barbara

Quietly over the last 11 years, one of the strongest collaborations in contemporary cinema has been developing between the German director Christian Petzold and the actress he often chooses to star in his films, Nina Hoss. Petzold and Hoss's latest col

By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  December 21, 2012
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Interview: History lesson with Ken Burns

Many recall the "wilding" incident in 1989, in which five non-white teenagers were convicted of raping and nearly killing a woman jogging in Central Park.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 14, 2012
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Interview: Sound bites from Bourdain

We asked WFNX executive producer (and chef-in-training) Kurt St. Thomas to grill Bourdain on the intersections between music and cuisine.

By KURT ST. THOMAS  |  November 16, 2012


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Ross McElwee and son look back

The films of Harvard professor Ross McElwee serve as an intimate, ongoing first-person document of his life, so I was somewhat surprised when he preferred answering questions about Photographic Memory , his ninth feature-length documentary, via email.
Time machine
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 16, 2012
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Interview: Junot Diaz on manhood, monsters, and Cancer Planet

Junot Diaz shows up late for our interview, his Red Sox cap askew and one shoelace untied.
Q&A
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  November 09, 2012
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Interview: David Mitchell on Cloud Nine

In his 2004 Cloud Atlas, British author David Mitchell presents six stories, each from a different literary genre, written in different styles, featuring characters in diverse settings and time periods.

By ED SYMKUS  |  October 26, 2012
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John Hawkes on body language

Ask any great actor — Robert De Niro, Christian Bale, Daniel Day-Lewis — if all that physical preparation is necessary for a great performance, and they'll say that sometimes you just have to put your body on the line.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 26, 2012
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A fortunate event

This coming Saturday, author Daniel Handler, in the persona of his alter-ego Lemony Snicket, delivers the "Kids' Keynote" address at the Boston Book Festival.

By STEPHIN MERRITT  |  October 26, 2012


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Affleck on 'Argo'

Ben Affleck's Argo may be a 1970s period piece, but that doesn't mean his Iran-set thriller isn't timely.

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 12, 2012
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Interview: God save John Lydon

When Sex Pistols impresario Malcolm McLaren coined the phrase "cash from chaos," he may have been describing his own filthy lucre, but for the members of rock's most explosive group, the fiduciary comeuppance was and has been eternally forthcoming.

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 12, 2012
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Billie Joe's crackup, Muse's truth

Jeers this week to regrettable behavior -- Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day is seeking treatment for substance abuse following a tantrum at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

By DAVID THORPE  |  October 05, 2012
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PaintNite comes to Portland

One of the more interesting art developments of the season has been the advent of PaintNite, a social gathering in which participants collect to drink and paint in groups at local bars.
Acrylic + beer = art!
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 28, 2012
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Junot Díaz: down and dirty

Pulitzer alum and MIT prof Junot Díaz's new book, This Is How You Lose Her , follows his alter ego Yunior to Boston, where he gets yelled at by racists and rejected by women.

By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  September 21, 2012


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A Q+A with SNL’s weekend updater

Though you may know Seth Meyers best as the anchor of Saturday Night Live 's "Weekend Update," he's anything but a one-trick pony.
Seth Meyers? Really!
By JESSE PAPINEAU  |  July 20, 2012
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Review: Ballplayer: Pelotero

Ballplayer initially declares that it is about dreams, ambition, and family struggles, but by focusing almost entirely on money and market values, it strikes out.
Striking out
By MILES BOWE  |  July 13, 2012
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Review: The Invisible War

A few years ago, documentarian Kirby Dick read an article about rape among the troops and was shocked to see that no one had made a movie on the subject.
Kirby Dick's documentary on rape in the military
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 06, 2012
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Review: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Nearly 15 years after Don McKellar ended it all in Last Night (1998), the world endures, and so does the question: how will doomsday affect one's love life?
Doomsday scenarios
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 22, 2012
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Interview: Christopher Hayes looks at an unfair America

After a decade of national failure, the public's trust in our most essential institutions is at a record low.
Merit Testing
By JOHN J. KELLY  |  June 22, 2012


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Interview: Oil Can Boyd on playing the game

This week, I had an hour long chat with Oil Can Boyd.
Baseball ‘takes away a lot of hurt’
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 25, 2012

A talk with Sam McPheeters

One of the most interesting people to emerge from the second generation of US punk rock, Sam McPheeters has had a pretty full life.
This punk is a writer
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  April 06, 2012
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Interview: Adam Green gets frightful laughs with 'Holliston'

Director and Holliston native Adam Green ( Frozen, Hatchet ) knows a thing or two about what it's like to be stuck in your hometown post-college, working a dead-end job, and pining for the high school girl of your dreams. Green parlayed all that angst i
Native son
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  March 30, 2012
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Review: The Karski Report

After nine and a half hours of Shoah , what remains to be said? Everything and nothing, but some testimonials in Claude Lanzmann's Holocaust account begged for elaboration, among them a segment in which Polish underground hero Jan Karski described his
Elaborations on Claude Lanzmann's Holocaust account
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 23, 2012
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Interview: Emily Blunt is hooked on Salmon Fishing

Emily Blunt's roles have included the sexually anarchic teenager of her debut in My Summer of Love (2004), the crime scene custodian in Sunshine Cleaning (2008), the Queen of England in Young Victoria (2009), and a lawn gnome in the animated Gnom
Reel deal
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 09, 2012


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The second installment of a thriving Maine literary journal

Volume Two of The New Guard literary review is 140 pages longer than its predecessor, as though its creators decided to demonstrate its growing relevance by gleefully stuffing it with more material.
Mixing old and New
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 24, 2012
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Interview: Tilda Swinton talks about Kevin

You never know what you're going to get with a film starring Tilda Swinton.
Mother load
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 24, 2012
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Interview: Woody Harrelson cops a plea for Rampart

Woody Harrelson knows bad guys; Natural Born Killers and No Country for Old Men set the bar for charismatic villains.  
Officer down
By ED SYMKUS  |  February 17, 2012
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Interview: Wim Wenders takes 3D one step further

Some are surprised that Wim Wenders, like fellow veteran of the '70s New German Cinema Werner Herzog, has embraced something as newfangled as 3D.
Pina envy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 20, 2012