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Dear Agents of the Central Agency of Blackness — Maine Division ...
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  December 07, 2012
Maureen Dowd: International Woman of Mystery ... Sorta

Maureen Dowd: International Woman of Mystery ... Sorta

And now for another page-turning addition to the ever expanding Laser Orgy Database of Comic Books About Political Pundits and Other Influential Media Figures -...
By Steve Miller  |  December 06, 2010
Major Update On How You'll Be Reading In The Future

Major Update On How You'll Be Reading In The Future

 In recent months the Phoenix has extensively covered major shifts in the literary marketplace - first in "Holy Scrollers!" (about trend-setting e-Bibles), and soon after...
By Chris Faraone  |  July 20, 2010

Oprah, red in tooth and claw

"Of the millions of known species of life on earth, more than 90 percent have no backbone." Well, that explains a few things.
All God's creatures get nailed in Life
By JAMES PARKER  |  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

The Big Hurt: Reed goes to the dogs

More evidence of the sickening barbarity of America’s penal institutions: Lil Wayne is being hassled because officers found headphones and the charger for an MP3 player in his cell.
Plus Weezy debudded, Ant derided, Michaels bandanna’d
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 28, 2010


Glee and sympathy

If Ryan Landry gets any more respectable, he’ll be hosting Masterpiece Theatre.
The Gold Dust Orphans’ The Gulls; Nora’s The Lady with All the Answers
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 21, 2010

Ex–porn star blogs her way sober

This past week at the Radcliffe Union of Students (RUS), Jennie Ketcham taught her first class about something besides, er, “dick-sucking.”
Jennie Does Harvard  
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 02, 2010

Review: Clash of the Titans

It takes a lot of movie magic to reduce some 3000 years of mythology to piffle. After watching this farrago produced by state-of-the-art 3-D and CGI, I’m all for the return of the oral tradition.
Divine badness reigns
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 02, 2010

A black leadership silent on abortion fabrications

Last month, controversial anti-abortion-rights billboards appeared in Georgia hinting that abortion is a tool of black genocide.
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  March 26, 2010

Play by play: March 26, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, March 26, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 26, 2010

Play by Play: March 19, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule.
Boston's weekly theater schedule.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 19, 2010

The quest for the ultimate female orgasm

Let's talk about the female orgasm, and how for some women, it can be difficult to come by.
How far will women go for an orgasm?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 19, 2010

Play by play: March 12, 2010

Boston's weekly theater schedule
Theater listings, week of March 12, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 12, 2010

Play by Play: March 5, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, March 5, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 05, 2010

Play by play, February 26, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings
Theater listings, week of February 26, 2010
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 26, 2010


How is Obama doing?

In response to a question from Oprah Winfrey about how he would grade his time in office, President Barack Obama gave himself a "solid B-plus."
Not as well as he thinks
By EDITORIAL  |  December 18, 2009

King of the world

There was a very nice star turn on the November 29 edition of 60 Minutes by URI's Bob Ballard, although the university got scant mention.
At sea with URi’s Ballard. Plus, pilin’ on Palin, and hanging with Mike and Lucia.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 04, 2009

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

They can handle the truth

"We're supposed to show up for our wives and kids in a way that prior generations frankly weren't," says Brookline resident Tom Matlack.
Rugged Writing Dept.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 13, 2009

Sarah and the shipmates

Humorist, historian, superhero. Sarah Vowell is a woman of letters and voices.
Vowell on the Puritans and the founding of Rhode Island
By GREG COOK  |  October 23, 2009


The Olympic (shell) games

It’s been 13 years since the pageantry and spectacle of the Summer Olympic Games — and the mythical economic boon that goes with it — has graced US soil. But we’ll find out next week if, in a secret-ballot vote in Europe, the International Olympic Commit
Next week, we’ll find out if an American city will host the 2016 Olympic Games — and if Boston has a shot at 2020. Despite the glitzy international attention, there are billions of reasons why every debt-saddled American should hope that the US does not get the gold.
By ANNE ELIZABETH MOORE  |  September 25, 2009

Violet hour

The color purple describes both kids' icon Barney and a bruise. And sure enough, both child-friendly uplift and florid abrasion are wound into the sprawling, heartfelt musical based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer-winning 1982 novel about a beaten-down young
The Color Purple is vivid on stage
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 26, 2009

Interview: Kathy Griffin

"I think Ryan Seacrest and Oprah will finally be together, and it will be like one of those great '70s cover-up movies and I'm playing the body."
D Girl
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  June 12, 2009
menopause list

Hot ticket

Here's a hot flash for you: dying is easy (in the theatrical sense of bombing onstage); producing a successful show is hard.
Menopause the Musical  summers at Trinity 
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 05, 2009

Why local TV news will suck

For the past few weeks, the phones at Casa Diablo have been ringing off the hook with word of what was about to transpire at Channel 10/WJAR-TV.
Plus the return of the Remains, judging the judges, and best wishes for Charlie
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 03, 2009


Not-so-sure guys

It’s a few days after Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday, and Rebecca Watson is posted up at the Asgard, a popular bar down the road from MIT, passing out leaflets promoting an upcoming “Skeptics in the Pub” event.
Pseudoscience debunkers and original thinkers unite in their lack of faith
By GEORGIANA COHEN  |  March 18, 2009

Office Buzz

Here's what we are reading around the office:All Hail Senator Oprah! Apparently Illinois Governor...
By webteam  |  January 26, 2009

Good news, bad news

It will be the best of times. Or, perhaps, it will be the worst.
Fear and loathing? Or happy days? The only thing we know for sure about the coming year is that we're all in this together.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 30, 2008

More sex, more Lincoln

The subject of Lincoln is like catnip to publishers (and readers), but the only things missing from our winter list are actual cat books.
A hefty reading season, from Jayne Anne Phillips and T.C. Boyle to Pablo Neruda
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  December 29, 2008