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Berenice Abbott's miracle of science

Like Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan, Berenice Abbott was inventing abstract photography. She combined Surrealism and a romance with modernity.

By GREG COOK  |  October 12, 2012
Catalog Lit: Free People and Paris in the 20s

Catalog Lit: Free People and Paris in the 20s


 I got my copy of the Free People holiday catalog this afternoon. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Free People is a clothing company owned by the...
By Eugenia Williamson  |  November 04, 2011

Explaining Ulysses — if possible

James Joyce's stream-of-consciousness epic Ulysses is widely regarded as a benchmark of modern literature, but as anyone who has ever picked it up (or been forced to read it) can tell you, a sincere "What the hell?" is perhaps the most common reaction
Bloomsday
By KEGAN ZEMA  |  June 11, 2010
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Review: Bad Boy Made Good

If Igor Stravinsky’s Sacre du printemps paved the way for modern rock, then George Antheil’s Ballet mécanique made possible every genre of contemporary music with “noise” or “metal” in its name.
The revival of George Anthiel's 1924 Ballet méchanique
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 06, 2009
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MFA neglects to award prize for neglected female artists

In 1993, on the occasion of her 90th birthday, friends of prominent Cambridge artist Maud Morgan donated funds to Boston's Museum of Fine Arts to establish a prize in her name. (She died six years later.) The Maud Morgan Purchase Prize would celebrate u
Missing Maud Dept.
By GREG COOK  |  October 09, 2009
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Endurance Reads

Beach reading . The very phrase is abhorrent to book lovers, connoting as it does cheap paperbacks, tumescent with air-dried seawater and crunchy with sand, paragraph after paragraph of poorly written pulp meant to be read as fast as the passing of su
Summer-Book Therapy Sessions
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 19, 2009


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Say what?

Good news for perplexed suburbanites: a new site called  UnderstandRap.com  lets experienced rap interpreters explain difficult urban slang to hip-hop neophytes.
The Big Hurt: A chat with Bill Buckholz of UnderstandRap.com
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 10, 2009
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The worst word

Then it happens: you look up at the TV screen and see Bono, the lead singer of U2, step up to the podium to accept a statuette for recording the Best Alternative Music album. "We shall continue to abuse our position," he says, "and fuck up the mainstrea
How F**K became our top taboo term -- and why we need it to stay that way
By TIMOTHY GOWER  |  April 03, 2009
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Arresting Shepard Fairey

A cynic might argue that anything that publicizes art is a good thing. Art, after all, challenges how you think — provokes thoughts, insights, emotions that otherwise might not be stirred. It also can amuse and entertain.
It's about small minds, revenge, and embarrassing the mayor
By EDITORIAL  |  February 11, 2009
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Review: Lark and Termite

"Language Immersion" is the name of a program set up by the US Army in Korea just prior to the North's invasion of the South.
Total immersion
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 26, 2009
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Novel idea: Twitter fiction

Inauspiciously, Tom Scharpling began his Twitter novel with a typo.
Post-modernism, post by 140-character post
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 14, 2009


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Back Beat

On a Sunday afternoon in December of 1997 I hooked up with the poet Jim McCrary at a Greenwich Village saloon.  
At last, Kerouac and Burroughs's co-authored noir novel, And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks , resurfaces
By GEORGE KIMBALL  |  October 22, 2008
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ReJoyce!

Trust Boston’s socially conscious Catholic academics to connect the dots between James Joyce’s once-banned 1922 mega-novel Ulysses and (among other things) gay marriage.
Love in Bloom at BC
By NEELY STEINBERG  |  June 11, 2008
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The war games

The Cry of the Reed seems torn from some particularly gruesome headlines: kidnapping, beheading, such stuff as Daniel Pearl’s final dreams were made on.
The Huntington’s The Cry of the Reed ; Travesties by the Publick
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 15, 2008
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Beyond illbient

When I get DJ Spooky on the phone a week ago Tuesday, he’s fresh home in New York City from Antarctica.
DJ Spooky goes global
By JON GARELICK  |  January 14, 2008
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The best on the boards

There have been a few muggings on the rialto this year.
Theatre: 2007 in review
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 17, 2007


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Last man standing

In his 1954 novel I Am Legend , Richard Matheson conjured up a terrifying scenario: a man-made plague has killed most of humanity.
Once a cautionary tale about human folly, has the doomsday myth become just more fun and games?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 12, 2007
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Bouncers tell all

A young man of my acquaintance, a callow pube of a London club-goer, got himself bounced not long ago from an establishment on the King’s Road.
Tales from behind the velvet rope
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 22, 2007
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‘Bring us your worst . . . ’

Mike brought his creation to a climax with high-pitched keening — part orgasm, part death knell — before swooning onto the stage.
The ‘Anti-Slam’ poets wax erotic
By JACQUELINE HOUTON  |  August 22, 2007
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Couples

The Eternal Feminine gets a workout this week.
Kiki & Herb; Lucia’s Chapters; Our Son’s Wedding
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 19, 2007
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Against interpretation

To file Hallelujah the Hills under “literary rock” would be, according to frontman Ryan Walsh, an insult to literature and an insult to rock. Hallelujah the Hills, "Wave Backwards to Massachusetts" (mp3)
Hallelujah the Hills get litr’y with it
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  June 12, 2007


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Daddy’s girl

Repressed, talented women lurk in the background of Western cultural history.
Mabou Mines looks into James Joyce’s daughter
By IRIS FANGER  |  June 05, 2007
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Rock against rock

Once on stage, SGM launched into a much-ado-about-everything set — a collision of prog-rock, thrash metal, free jazz, punk, off-kilter funk, and more.
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Middle East Downstairs, June 3, 2007
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  June 04, 2007
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Indie bands are better than groundhogs

Another indie rock show?  It’s 10 degrees outside.  I don’t know these bands.  I’m a cranky Bostonian.  Fuck indie rock shows.  But this one actually might be worth it.  Here are the ten reasons why you should come.
Knocks from the Underground: The Best of the Boston Underground at the Middle East
By BECKY FIRESHEETS  |  February 01, 2007
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Portrait of the artist as a dirty man

“This is so fucking tame compared to what’s coming,” says My Life in Heavy Metal author Steve Almond after reading a bit from his R-rated short stories on the stage at Great Scott last Tuesday night.
Jimmy’s letters to Nora
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  November 20, 2006
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S.O.S. in the Biggest Little

What a joyful time in the Ocean State.
The possible private takeover of Harrah’s is more bad news
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  October 04, 2006


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Living theoria

This spare spiral that Constantin Brancusi traced to capture the likeness of writer James Joyce describes the sort of journey involved in what Joyce called the “sedentary trade”: using one’s life as the material for one’s work, each working and wandering
Military uses for art theory
By CHRIS THOMPSON  |  September 06, 2006
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Two Gallants

It’s not difficult to figure out how Two Gallants, a band who borrow their name from the title of a James Joyce short story, wound up on Conor Oberst’s indie powerhouse Saddle Creek.
What The Toll Tells | Saddle Creek
By CHRIS BROOK  |  April 14, 2006
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From the ashes

Honest, perceptive, and keenly felt, The Good Life — the story of two couples’ furtive, hesitant stabs at happiness in the brave and fearful new world of post-9/11 New York — is McInerney’s most mature and affecting book yet.
Jay McInerney grows up
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 22, 2006
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Photos: Literary tattoos

Selections from Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide
Selections from Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide
By THE WORD MADE FLESH  |  January 01, 1900