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Life during wartime

In Fallujah, Marine Captain Rye Barcott got good at separating the two parts of his soul.
NGO big or go home
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  April 08, 2011

Odd meter

It's time for that popular feature, Practical Advice for Political Nutjobs, the column that's been proven by complicated scientific-type testing to help weirdos avoid public humiliation. It also saves them money because they never again need to line the
Practical Advice for Political Nutjobs
By AL DIAMON  |  March 18, 2011
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Oprah, red in tooth and claw

"Of the millions of known species of life on earth, more than 90 percent have no backbone." Well, that explains a few things.
All God's creatures get nailed in Life
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 18, 2010
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Summer treats

From Andean to zydeco, pick your flavor and there's a summer music festival ready to serve it up.
Whether classical, jazz, pop, or folk, 'tis the season to get out and enjoy the music
By CLEA SIMON  |  June 18, 2010
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Live to be 106

Jenny Sanchez learned many of her magical dishes, including chancho frito and gallo pinto (previously featured here), from a family helper when she was a young girl.
 The Nicaraguan secret: tortas de espinaca
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  June 04, 2010
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Balls of fire

For one month every four years, the United States — try as it might — can’t impose its vacuous culture on the rest of the planet. The World Cup arrives and the Americans are, at best, an afterthought.
Porn stars, witch doctors, elephant farts, and the worst soccer team on the planet take center stage at this summer’s World Cup
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG AND LANCE GOULD  |  May 28, 2010


When traders equal traitors

It is about time someone pointed out that the vile crooks of Wall Street aren’t just greedy, thieving bastards. They are, in fact, traitors to this country and its citizens.
Turncoats on Wall Street. Plus, ecori, celebrating Susan, and Rock ’n’ Roll
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 30, 2010

High ideals and crazy dreams

I have nothing against conspiracy theories.
Truthers hurt
By AL DIAMON  |  April 30, 2010

Crossword: ''Burn After Reading''

It's what remains.
It's just overkill
By MATT JONES  |  April 23, 2010
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Passage to India

Activist-photographer Fazal Sheikh’s tales of women from the Indian holy city of Vrindavan are devastating.
Fazal Sheikh’s ‘Beloved Daughters’ at the Bell Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  April 09, 2010
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Gold standard

Samy Badrio waded exhausted in waterlogged gumboots up from the mine's dark entrance and raised his hand to shield his eyes against the brightness of the noon-high Equatorial sun.
In Congo, desperate men labor in dangerous conditions to satisfy the world's appetite for gold
By MIKE PFLANZ  |  May 22, 2009


Alive and well

The seventh annual Independent Film Festival of Boston
The seventh annual Independent Film Festival of Boston
By  |  April 17, 2009
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Review: Beeswax

Beeswax as in, mind your own . . . ?
Don't expect intensity of any kind
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 17, 2009

Giles is one tough cookie

Phillipe and Jorge could not be more pleased to hear that President Barack Obama has nominated Cynthia Giles, the director of Rhode Island's branch of the Conservation Law Founda-tion.
Plus economic outrage, the clueless Pope, and listening to 'The Angry Man'
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 25, 2009
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Black like him?

Whatever your race — and whatever you think of his résumé, or his politics, or his yen for tax-cheating cabinet nominees — Barack Obama's arrival in the Oval Office is something to celebrate.
Obama is, apparently, our first African-American president. But is that the identity he touted as a candidate?
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 11, 2009
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The spectacle of terror

Images are weapons as real as bullets and bombs.
Why the attacks in Mumbai constitute a terrible threat
By EDITORIAL  |  December 03, 2008


Ben Dover’s big bailout

Phillipe + Jorge are furious over the $700 billion bailout of the pinstriped pirates of Wall Street, who are laughing as they return to their McMansions.  
Our congressional officials owe Rhode Island an apology
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 09, 2008
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Out of Africa

Writing about Extra Golden, you’re tempted to focus on the novelty: two indie-rock dudes taking off to Nairobi to jam with a pair of benga masters sounds like the premise for some awful Jack Black movie. (Please don’t please don’t.)
Extra Golden swipe their visas
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 22, 2008
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Origami appetizers

Welcome to a tasty morsel of Somalian life.
Otherwise known as Somalian samboosas
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  June 04, 2008
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Casting ballots

Some believe democracy can save the world. Others wonder whether it can even work in America.
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival on the campaign trail
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 08, 2008
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The Ingmar imbroglio

There hasn’t been such a stir among film critics for years.
Plus the Manhattan Short Film Fest
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 26, 2007


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Common ground

Like the American naturalists of the last century, Ann Patchett examines race and class in her new novel, Run .
Ann Patchett’s Boston allegory
By DANA KLETTER  |  September 18, 2007
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The believer

Ben LaGuer is one of three things: the victim of massive injustice, a con man of staggering persistence, or a delusional head case.
Eric Goldscheider’s lonely crusade
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 02, 2007
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'I'm done killing hyenas'

I’m almost as tall as my father now, and I’ve nothing left to prove.
Excerpts from Portland teens' stories of migration to America
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 02, 2007
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Revolution rock

It’s an incongruous sight at first: Tom Morello strumming an acoustic guitar emblazoned with the words “Whatever It Takes.”
Tom Morello rages quietly against the machine
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  April 17, 2007
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New editor for Boston Phoenix

Lance Gould, a journalist with 20 years’ experience at leading New York–based newspapers and magazines, will become the next Editor of the Boston Phoenix .
Veteran New York editor Lance Gould to helm the weekly
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 28, 2007


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Indulge me

If Dave Eggers’s career is any indication, the best way to become a writer of importance is to convince everyone you’re a self-indulgent jerk and then pull the rug out from under them.
How the writer of a generation stopped speaking for himself
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 14, 2007
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Dreams do come true

Longfellow Books confirmed Tuesday that Dave Eggers will deliver a reading at SPACE Gallery on Sunday, February 25.
Coming attractions
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 24, 2007
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Before there was Darfur

With the US bogged down in Iraq and anti-American sentiment sweeping the globe, it’s hard to find an affirmative story about our country’s place in the world. God Grew Tired of Us: A devastating and uplifting documentary. By Tom Meek.  
Around the world
By TOM MEEK  |  January 17, 2007
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God Grew Tired of Us

Back in the ’80s, long before Darfur became a word linked with genocide in the Western media, the Islamic north waged a bloody campaign against the Christian farmers. Before there was darfur: Around the world. By Tom Meek.  
A devastating and uplifting documentary
By TOM MEEK  |  January 17, 2007