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Authors talking: Spring readings in Boston

America’s best young novelist, Britain’s most popular mystery writer, a bearded indie rocker, and a dead master populate this spring’s mandatory literary events.
By ear
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 18, 2011

The way I roll

As you may have read in this space last week, my decades-long partner in crime, Chip Young, has left the column for a gig at  golocalprov.com . So first, a word about the new "Cool, Cool World."
A florid salutation; the changing Times ; more on the Roots Café
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  March 18, 2011
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Interview: David Rakoff

Nine years ago, Wellesley College psychology professor Julie Norem wrote a book in defense of negative thinking.
The author ponders the worst
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 15, 2010
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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

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
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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


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Easy does it

Writer/producer Eric Overmyer was quoted in a New York Times Magazine article last month, but it’s worth repeating: “ Treme is not the The Wire .” He went on: “Those who are expecting The Wire or wanting The Wire may be frustrated.”
Treme tours New Orleans
By JON GARELICK  |  April 09, 2010
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Review; Fred Hersch at Jordan Hall

Photos from Fred Hersch's set at Jordan Hall
Fred Hersch, live at Jordan Hall, February 17, 2010
By JON GARELICK  |  February 26, 2010

Change? What change?

Nice to see Goldman Sachs employee Barack "President" Obama get rolled by Gen. Stanley McChrystal so we can send more troops to Afghanistan on a hopeless mission.
Operation Afghan Tragedy. Plus, getting steamed over global warming and men in tights.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 18, 2009
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Interview: Gabourey Sidibe

"While reading the book, I realized that I knew this girl in so many different people. Not just girls but boys, and not just black people but white and Asian and Indian."
A hidden gem discovered in Harlem
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 20, 2009
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Brave New Advertorial

This week's reminder that journalism isn't in Kansas anymore comes via a funky advertising concept showcased at  nytimes.com/magazine  — where, as you'd expect, the contents of the New York Times Magazine are available for Web readers.
When is a news story not a news story? When it becomes a Starbucks ad.
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 14, 2009


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Is the American Dream a nightmare?

Action Speaks!, AS220's panel discussion series, continues with a topic near and dear to us here in little Rhody — failure.
Action Speaks!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 01, 2009
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Toxic talk: Hating Obama

During and just after the 2008 presidential campaign, the antipathy of right-wing pundits toward Barack Obama reached remarkable, often repugnant depths.
Repugnant anti-Obama hate speech has dissipated for the moment. How likely is it to raise its ugly head again?
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 19, 2009
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Fourth-estate follies!

Granted, other years have had flashier media embarrassments (Jayson Blair, Stephen Glass), but that doesn't mean that 2008 lacked for media misdeeds.
Remembering the year in media malfeasance
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 23, 2008
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Water wars

Elizabeth Royte’s new book, Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It , is a frank reminder of just how ubiquitous bottled water has become.
Bottlemania puts a local story on the national stage
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 10, 2008
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Best and the brightest

Phillipe + Jorge’s Roman Hruska Award, celebrating mediocrity in the General Assembly, goes to departing state Representative Joseph Scott. 
Departing lawmaker suggests closing Halitosis Hall for a few years
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 09, 2008


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Camera bluff

Even as critics and moviegoers alike have scorned the surge of movies related to the War on Terror and Iraq, Nina Davenport has quietly been making illuminating, fair-minded, and entertaining films on these topics.
Occupational hazards in Operation Filmmaker
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 17, 2008
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Beating up on Chris (times two)

It’s nice to see the rest of the world picking up on something we Vo Dilunduhs have known for years.
Matthews gets dissected; Young goes egotistical in ATM contretemps
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 16, 2008
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Allison Moorer

Working with producer Buddy Miller, Moorer takes an approach opposite to Lynne’s on the stripped-down Lovin’ , giving each track its own distinct personality.
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By MIKAEL WOOD  |  February 26, 2008
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That’s what he said

More than any other presidential candidate, Barack Obama owes his success to sheer rhetorical power.

Barack Obama sounds just like Deval Patrick. Is that good or bad?


By ADAM REILLY  |  January 17, 2008
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The people's choice?

Gustavo Dudamel, in case you hadn’t heard, is the 26-year-old Venezuelan conductor who’s going to save classical music.
Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 08, 2007


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Ego Trippin’

All the stories chronicling the demise of the Barack Obama campaign are premature, no matter what the current polls say.
Obama can still win the Democratic nomination — b ut first, he has to get over himself
By STEVEN STARK  |  October 10, 2007
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Show fetish

Ever since Salvatore Ferragamo designed the first stiletto heel in 1955, podiatrists have faced a steady stream of female patients seeking physical relief from their devotion to fashion over function.
The MFA’s new ‘Walk This Way’ exhibit traces the history of footwear fashion, from sandals to stilettos
By SHARON STEEL  |  September 26, 2007
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Ouch!

Things haven’t been going well as of late for Needham-based chronic-pain specialist Dr. Joseph Zolot.
The DEA’s bad-faith war on pain doctors
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  September 26, 2007
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Upping theANTI

When Urban Outfitters started selling shirts featuring a Christ-like cartoon and the words JESUS IS MY HOMEBOY, Mark Stiles and Jason LaCouture were pissed off.
Local T-shirt company refuses to make Jesus its homeboy
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  May 30, 2007

The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 90-81


These guys couldn't turn on a radio
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Worst in breed: Music

Who are the unsexiest music men of 2007?
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By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 12, 2007
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Rockets men

In 1982, two brothers from Oxnard, California, 60 miles northwest of LA, self-published the first issue of a comic they called Love and Rockets .
Brown showcases the comix world of Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez
By GREG COOK  |  February 07, 2007
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The Blowhard Bulletin

Last week’s Phoenix carried an intriguing article, by ace news editor Ian Donnis, about how Bruce “Captain Blowhard” Sundlun, our esteemed former governor and all-around giant raving character, was looking to have a local group of investors buy the Pro
 Sundlun’s desire to restore local ownership is on the money
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  December 13, 2006
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Next steps

There’s a perverse, painful pleasure in recalling a particular New York Times Magazine essay by David Hajdu back in December 2000.
Dominique Eade returns to disc with a new partner
By JON GARELICK  |  November 07, 2006