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The 13th Annual Muzzle Awards

A year and a half into the Age of Obama, we are learning a lesson we should have figured out long ago — that repression, once in place, is rarely rolled back all the way, and that liberals no less than conservatives are reluctant to give up power.
A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 02, 2010

2010 Muzzle Awards on campus

Harvard and Yale universities felt the sting of the global economic collapse firsthand in 2009, as the endowments of these stalwart New England Ivy League members dropped by nearly a third. The schools didn’t fare much better in the free marketplace of
Harvard and Yale once again lead the way . . . for academic censorship
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  July 02, 2010

Worse than Afghanistan

At almost the same moment that Rolling Stone was reordering the political landscape with its devastating profile of the now-resigned Afghanistan commander General Stanley McChrystal, a smaller, lesser-known political monthly, The American Conservative
Mainstream media flunks again
By PETER KADZIS  |  July 02, 2010

Going hyperlocal: AOL sets its sights on Aquidneck Island

Rhode Island's increasingly crowded media landscape may have a new player soon: AOL is recruiting journalists to run hyperlocal news web sites in Newport, Portsmouth, and Middletown.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  July 02, 2010

Girls talk

There's only one thing more dangerous than being an ambitious, attractive twentysomething female stumbling through the publishing industry, attempting to secure quantifiable career success and, also, a fantastic boyfriend: the impulse to write about it.
Sloane Crosley and Emily Gould tell all
By SHARON STEEL  |  June 18, 2010

Mission accomplished

After 13 years, singer/guitarist Aaron Turner and the band (all New England kids except Ohio native Meyer) have announced that they're packing it in.
Isis call it quits with a last-hurrah tour
By MATT PARISH  |  June 18, 2010


Pols and blowhards beware: PolitiFact is coming

The Providence Journal , facing the newspaper industry's twin demons of declining circulation and plummeting advertising revenue, is in an intense period of reinvention.
As the ProJo turns
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 11, 2010

The M.I.A. kertruffle

In an interview with Nylon magazine, M.I.A. offered a shocking revelation about the Web sites we use every day: "Google and Facebook were developed by the CIA, and when you're on there, you have to know that."
Plus Gallagher goes begging, Bieber gets erased, Abdul loses time
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 11, 2010

High-octane coverage

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
By PETER KADZIS  |  June 04, 2010

Voodoo economics

To paraphrase The Communist Manifesto , a specter is haunting Hollywood. Actually, two of them: zombies and vampires. The undead.
What vampire and zombie movies can tell us about the future of capitalism
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 21, 2010

Apple loses its cool

Sheez, they’re getting awfully touchy out in Cupertino.
Once the underdog cult darling battling the evil empire, Apple is fighting an image problem — and critics, who say it’s betrayed the digital revolution
By WEN STEPHENSON  |  May 14, 2010


How Rhode Island can eliminate homelessness

Making it a reality is a matter of political will.
The concept is as simple as it is radical: give the homeless a place to live, with no strings attached
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 14, 2010

Face the nation

White-trash collection has seldom been as hilarious as it is in The Great American Trailer Park Musical , which makes its Brahmin-area debut courtesy of SpeakEasy Stage Company.
SpeakEasy’s The Great American Trailer Park Musical; Zeitgeist’s Farragut North
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 07, 2010

She blowed up good

File this one under either: “Too much coffee this morning, dear?” or “I told you not to hit the ‘Send’ button!”
Kempe goes ballistic. Plus, global greed, and jockeying for electoral position
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 07, 2010

Murdoch mishegoss

Never mind that Rupert Murdoch is shelling out better than $2 billion to buy Metromedia’s seven TV stations. Never mind that he’s then turning around and reselling Boston’s WCVB-TV, Channel 5 to the Hearst Corporation for an astounding $450 million.
The new brand of gonzo journalism
By DAVE O'BRIAN  |  May 07, 2010

Tyme fer moore lernin’

Much sport has been made of the hilariously misspelled signs created and proudly displayed at rallies by barely literate Tea Partiers.
Tee-Partee Lohjik
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 30, 2010


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

Radical night out in Portland

“People are upset about Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib,” Noam Chomsky told 750 people packed into the Woodfords Congregational Church last Saturday night, “but if you’re concerned about human rights, take a walk into a maximum-security prison.”
 Activism Optimism
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 30, 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

Elena Kagan’s shaky record

As a potential Obama nominee for Supreme Court justice, Elena Kagan has liberal bona fides and the likely support of the right. But if her record is any indication, she’s more likely to side with the conservative bloc on matters of executive power and wa
What a Kagan appointment to the Supreme Court could mean for civil liberties

Cheap thrills

They say Dr. Lakra got his pen name from the doctor’s bag he carried around when he first began tattooing, two decades ago. “Lakra” puns on the Spanish word “lacra,” meaning scar or blemish, but it’s also slang for “delinquent” or “scumbag.”
The inky delights of Dr. Lakra
By GREG COOK  |  April 23, 2010


All you need is love

Outpourings of love have been flooding the Boston musical scene.
Marylou Speaker Churchill memorial, Emmanuel Music’s Haydn/Schoenberg, and more
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 23, 2010

The two-ply muse strikes again

You’re really on to something here, Mr. Creativity ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  April 23, 2010

Is Murdoch’s WSJ being snubbed?

This year’s Pulitzer Prize box score has the Washington Post taking four prizes (international reporting, feature writing, commentary, and criticism) and the New York Times snagging three (explanatory, national, and investigative reporting).
Pulitzers by the numbers
By PETER KADZIS  |  April 16, 2010

Make yourself uncomfortable

In the past month, Sandra Bullock’s husband betrayed her by screwing a white supremacist with a face tattoo, a Georgia teenager was granted the right to take his boyfriend to prom, and Ricky Martin declared himself a “fortunate homosexual man.”
Xiu Xiu bloom on Dear God
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 09, 2010

Play by play: April 9, 2010

Theater listings, April 9, 2010
Theater listings, April 9, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 09, 2010

Tree party

It was, quite obviously, big news when President Barack Obama came to town last week.
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 09, 2010

It’s the rain and snow, stupid

For those morons who say after a blizzard, “How’s that for global warming!” may we point out that one of the harbingers of climate change is the severity of storms that we experience.
Plus, hard times for the Blackstone
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 02, 2010

Play by play: April 2, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, week of April 2, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 02, 2010

Review: Greenberg

Why does she put up with him? Why, for that matter, should anyone in the audience?
A spurious man
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 26, 2010