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Harper's Magazine, 1850-1980

It seems but a moment ago that the sound of Dylan and Baez, the Beatles and the Stones reverberated through a world bent on catastrophe. Has it been almost 20 years?
The legacy of Willie Morris and Lewis H. Lapham
By MARCO TRBOVICH  |  June 25, 2010
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Reflection Eternal | Revolutions Per Minute

It really sucks when critics sing about their personal relationships with old records.
Asylum (2010)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 07, 2010
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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
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Field guide to Facebook

Recently, CNN ran a short piece listing common Facebook personas. CNN ? After our collective jaws dropped, we asked the rhetorical question, "How instructive is the funeral-parlor-stopover of undead zombies like Lou Dobbs and Larry King going to be to t
Log on at your own peril! We take you on a surfing safari and break down the site's 19 most browser-busting bozos.
By KARA BASKIN  |  September 04, 2009
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Special delivery

For the last two decades, comedian and SNL alum Norm MacDonald has been firing off on pop culture and sharing life observations with his disarming deadpan delivery and signature subtleties through a stoner Canadian accent and nasal drawl.
The subtle genius of Norm MacDonald
By CHRIS CONTI  |  August 21, 2009
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Gay deceivers

The California State Supreme Court just upheld Proposition 8, denying gay people the right to marriage. This should disabuse the complacent of the illusion that the religious right has relinquished its death grip on America. So, too, should Kirby Dick's
Outrage isn't outrageous enough
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 05, 2009


Play by Play: February 27, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 24, 2009

Play by play: February 20, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays A to Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 17, 2009

Play by play: February 13, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
Plays A to Z
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 10, 2009

Play by Play: February 6, 2009

A compilation of theater productions in and around Boston
  Plays A through Z
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 03, 2009
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Could America face a committee choice for president?

Like many thoughtful voters, I have privately wondered what would happen if John McCain, Hillary Clinton, or Barack Obama were to die after being nominated.
Surprise Scenario
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  April 09, 2008


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A tragicomedy of errors

It was not until after George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were narrowly re-elected that many Americans began to realize that the Iraq War represented a dangerous moment in American history.
In an excerpt from his new book, The Fall of the House of Bush, author Craig Unger details how Bush is, well, screwing up the world
By CRAIG UNGER  |  November 20, 2007
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Man of the people

This past week, CNN’s Lou Dobbs posted an online commentary in which he predicted the victory next year of a surprise presidential candidate not yet in the race.
Yes, he’s a long shot, but no other independent “candidate” has Lou Dobbs’s potential, platform, or populist appeal
By STEVEN STARK  |  November 14, 2007
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Jerry-built

One day, Jerry Seinfeld was talking with his good friend Steven Spielberg, and he said, “Wouldn’t it be funny if ‘B’ movies were really about bees?”
Seinfeld’s Bee Movie gets a D-
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 31, 2007
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Excellent Italian interview

Steve Albini is a pretty nerdy guy.
Steve Albini speaks
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 23, 2007

Fulsome prison blues

If a Hollywood It-Girl really wants to leave her mark this summer, she’ll have to work a lot harder than usual.
Two DUI s , cocaine, and now jail — what’s next for Li Lo? Five local dignitaries chime in.
By SHARON STEEL  |  August 01, 2007


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Taking stock of an imperiled free press

Frontline ’s new PBS series on the shifting balance-of-power between the government and the media — New War: Secrets, Spin and the Future of the News — isn’t uplifting. Far from it. But it’s essential viewing for anyone interested in the future of a f
News you can lose
By ADAM REILLY  |  February 07, 2007
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Sweet delusion

Violence was in the air, and the promise of simmering humiliations.
On American Idol it’s fame or nothing
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 06, 2007
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Texas two-step

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the late ’70s musical getting an entertaining staging at URI Theatre, is quite a curious little time capsule.
URI stages a wholesome Whorehouse
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 05, 2006
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Not that there’s anything wrong with that

Want to make the mainstream press squirm? Suggest that a major public figure is gay.
Big media’s big gay baggage
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 21, 2006
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Listing forward

Like anyone who works a specific beat — sportswriters and political writers come to mind — media critics acquire lots of impressions, opinions, and stray observations that never actually make it into print, and yet they are worth musing over.
Sometimes a media critic just wants to herd a few cats
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  May 03, 2006


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Still crooning

It’s the morning of Ted Kennedy’s 74th birthday, and as the senator enters NECN’s Newton headquarters, he warmly greets Chet Curtis — who is tan and rested after a stint in his Fort Lauderdale condo — as an old friend.
How Chet Curtis became the Larry King of New England Cable
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  March 03, 2006
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Attack of the 50-foot Oprah

David Letterman is by no means the first one to realize that the road to success — or forgiveness — entails planting a kiss somewhere on Oprah’s oft-fluctuating anatomy.
Why America’s most powerful celebrity should be more feared than loved
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  February 09, 2006