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When Disaster Strikes

For better or worse, hometown pride is as central to hip-hop as misogyny and marijuana.
Scream On
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 30, 2012
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Climate change is forever

You have to be a fool, a charlatan, or seriously uninformed to deny the reality of climate change.

By  |  November 03, 2012

Two sides to Guy

I’m a delegate at the state Democratic convention and I didn’t vote for Guy Glodis for auditor.
Boston Phoenix letters, June 25, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  June 25, 2010
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Teach the controversy

An Iranian cleric says immodest women are the cause of earthquakes
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  June 18, 2010
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Still life

Nobody knew very much about Mike Disfarmer. Even his name was a fabrication.
Disfarmer at the ICA
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 21, 2010

At the Cable Car: The wind-lashed and sea-worn

On a recent Sunday, the usual grad school crowd at the Cable Car Cinema in Providence gave way to something different — the wind-lashed faces and sea-worn hands of Rhode Island’s oft-ignored surfing community.
Surf’s Up
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  May 14, 2010


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After Fort Thunder, the zine lives

Last week, friends of the zine Taffy Hips gathered at Ada Books on Westminster Street to celebrate the sixth issue: robot comics, prints of giant tsunami waves, and an interview with Chicago-based cartoonist Anya Davidson.
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By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  February 05, 2010

Department of conjecture

The Haiti disaster will not serve to turn a state from toss-up to safely Republican as the George W. Bush Administration's calculated response to Hurricane Katrina did in Louisiana.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 29, 2010
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Covering a tragedy

The earthquake that ravaged Haiti on January 12 posed a major challenge for the Boston Haitian Reporter , the lone English-language outlet focused on Boston's sizable Haitian community. The quake and its aftermath were of vital interest to the Report
How does a small local paper cover the world's biggest story?
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 22, 2010
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Aftershock

From the second that the Richter scale registered at 7.0 in Haiti, a desperate grief rippled through Hyde Park, Dorchester, and other corners of this region, which is home to the third-largest Haitian population in America.
More than 1500 miles from the epicenter of the Haitian quake, its effects rippled through Boston's teeming Haitian community
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 22, 2010
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Water, benign and fierce

In Onne van der Wal's sailing photos, it seems the weather is always balmy and the golden sun always setting. The Jamestown resident's exhibit at Moses Brown School's Krause Gallery (250 Lloyd Avenue, Providence, through October 2) depicts a world that's
Sailing photos at Moses Brown, Katrina’s aftermath at Brown
By GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2009


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Looking back to climb forward

It's been four years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. Its causes and ramifications, though, extend much farther into both the past and the future. So say Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman, Brooklyn-based spoken-word and multimedia artis
Katrina's aftermath
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 11, 2009

Down in the flood

A few years ago, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (motto: Cornsistently Rong Abowt Everyting) informed me I was buying a house in a flood zone. FEMA had a map that showed where the waters of the semi-mighty Carrabassett River had surged over its
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  August 21, 2009
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Quake and Shake

A tenderhearted yarn spinner tells an anxious little girl a story about a talking bear hawking honey. A nerdy young debt collector comes home to find a six-foot amphibian bent on recruiting him to save Tokyo from a natural disaster. Both scenarios emanat
Company One meshes Murakami; Orfeo compacts the Bard
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 24, 2009
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Review: Mine

Early in Geralyn Pezanoski's documentary, a news clip shows George Bush proclaiming, "The world saw this tidal wave of disaster descend upon the Gulf Coast, and now they're gonna see a tidal wave of compassion."
Watch, animal lovers, and be stupefied.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  April 17, 2009

23. Bobby Jindal

As you might suspect, the Republican governor of New Orleans rocketed onto our Unsexy list with his rebuttal to President Obama's Congressional address. And as long as he continues forgetting that his gutless party was largely responsible for the devasta
As you might suspect, the Republican governor of New Orleans rocketed onto our Unsexy list with his rebuttal to President Obama's Congressional address. And as long as he continues forgetting that his gutless party was largely responsible for the devastatingly lackluster response to Hurricane Katrina, here he will remain.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009


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Year in Film: Risky business

Every year the studios hold back their best until the end of the year, but this year they let us down.
Films whose aspirations are more than Academic
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 22, 2008
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On street level

It is impossible not to wonder how Louisiana might have fared after Hurricane Katrina, had Barack Obama been in office a term sooner. There are so many questions about what went wrong and how it could have been handled differently, which have gone unans
As Katrina hit New Orleans, filmmakers went to work
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  November 19, 2008
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Blown up

Lamar’s voice both ravages and exults in the past 10 years of the Pained Male Pop Singer.  
Shoney Lamar proves there’s life after Florida
By MATT PARISH  |  October 08, 2008

Let the rabble eat cake

Isn't it comforting to know that Dubya II McCain’s top economic advisors are Phil Gramm and Carly Fiorina?
The economy is in shambles, and McCain doesn’t get it
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 24, 2008
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Trouble in the Water

The direct, artless footage conjures a real-world Cloverfield , except with people who are resourceful and worth caring about.
A raw and emotional look at Hurricane Katrina
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 09, 2008


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Backed the f*** up

I wasn’t the only one held back from “Rock the Bells” by fleets of ugly persons driving Chevy Avalanches.
‘Rock The Bells’ 2008
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 30, 2008

Crescent City health report

“Is much better! The tourists is coming back !” That was our cab driver from Louis Armstrong Airport into New Orleans — a transplanted Haitian from Jefferson Parish.
The New Orleans Jazz + Heritage Festival buoys a wounded community
By JON GARELICK  |  May 06, 2008
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Time after time

The DeCordova Annual has been going strong since 1989, indefatigably showcasing work by New England artists chosen each year for the quality of their individual work.
The De C ordova Annual, New Orleans after Katrina, ‘Superartificial,’ 19th-Century Leisure Travel, and El Chango Verde
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  April 30, 2008
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Shaping the Crescent

Even before Katrina wreaked its havoc on New Orleans, a popular T-shirt proclaimed the city “Third World and Proud of It,” and numerous more-literary types have long referred to it as the “northernmost Caribbean city.”
The making of New Orleans
By CLEA SIMON  |  April 29, 2008
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Post-Katrina tales of the real New Orleans

New Orleans is back in business — if you’re a conventioneer or a tourist.
Aftermath
By RUTH HOROWITZ  |  March 05, 2008


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Earthquake!

Picture buildings from Southie to West Somerville reduced to rubble. Dozens of three-alarm fires all over town. Tunnels flooded with seawater.
The threat is real. It could happen here. Is the city ready?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 27, 2008
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Casting ballots

Some believe democracy can save the world. Others wonder whether it can even work in America.
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By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 08, 2008
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Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino

This packed two-disc set gathers all the usual suspects and more for a Tipitina’s Foundation project to rebuild Domino’s Ninth Ward neighborhood in New Orleans.
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By CLEA SIMON  |  October 22, 2007
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Perfect Tenn

When Tennessee Williams summered in Provincetown in the early 1940s, Eugene O’Neill was the playwright most associated with the tip of the Cape.
Jeremy Lawrence’s one-man show Everybody Expects Me to Write Another Streetcar
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 04, 2007