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Despite admirable wall-to-wall coverage from the national mainstream press and unusually in-depth reports from network television and cable, the Huffington Post has emerged as perhaps the single best go-to source for developing news and wide-ranging com
The Huffington Post owns Gulf coverage; plus, that Hitchens memoir
| June 04, 2010
As Under-Secretary of the Ted Hughes Rough Riders (Boston Chapter), I have been delighted by two recent developments.
Men are from Martin Amis, women are from . . . ?
| May 07, 2010
Spring fiction goes international, starting with a whiff of the Caribbean.
Fiction, non-fiction, poetry
| March 12, 2010
Back to the future
Since leaving Roomful of Blues, the vintage guitar hero Duke Robillard has moved forward by reaching back into the annals of American blues, swing, jazz, and R&B and by doing so, he’s told a pretty incredible story.
Duke Robillard unveils Sunny and Her Joy Boys
| October 22, 2008
Amis hasn’t had this much press since he fell out with Julian Barnes.
Amis yes and no
| June 02, 2008
Defending the universally loathed
Forsaken entities deserve a second chance.
The Phoenix looks with loving eyes at some of the worst people, places, and things in the world — and gives them a big hug
| January 14, 2008
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
| August 22, 2007
Paul’s got Kate?
Paul Potts! Paul Potts! And again — Paul Potts!
Maybe not, but Simon Cowell goes up in flames
| June 19, 2007
April comes like an idiot, Edna St. Millay wrote, babbling and strewing flowers.
Chabon, Murakami, Bukowski, and more
| March 13, 2007
Damon Albarn — Blur frontman, Gorillaz supremo, and now millennial minstrel to the drowning city of London — is that eerie modern specimen, the pop star who talks like a critic. The Good, The Bad, and the Queen, "Kingdom of Doom" (streaming video)
Damon Albarn’s The Good, the Bad & the Queen
| February 21, 2007
Amis on Amis
VIDEO: Martin Amis reads from House of Meetings at the Brattle Theatre, January 31, 2007
| February 19, 2007
For a writer, what a complicated pleasure it is to read Martin Amis — complicated, that is, by thrills of envy, larcenous surges, and bleak shafts of professional despair. Phrase for phrase, nobody should be this good.
Martin Amis’s Soviet sojourn
| January 17, 2007
Big names, new names, and a handful of poets provide worthwhile reading this winter to distract you from the Sopranos reruns on A&E.
Mailer, Lethem, Amis, Ashbery deliver good reads
| December 28, 2006
For hard rock, heated debate, child-care tips, and latex puppetry, 2006 was a banner year in television. Who says the culture’s going to the dogs?
A year in television
| December 18, 2006
Metal reveres above all the single mind, undivided by doubt or the gentle dialectics of sanity.
Slayer stick to their Satanic program
| September 28, 2006
In the footsteps of the devil
On top of everything else that day, there was this.
Why did Mohammed Atta choose to spend his last night on Earth in my hometown?
| September 11, 2006
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