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The 5 Platonic Solids

Gleaming the cube ... and the dodecahedron.
By DAVID KISH  |  August 17, 2012

The ‘business’ of art

You could be forgiven if you sometimes thought that corporations are the root of what's wrong with the United States.
Carey Young’s ‘Uncertain Contracts’ at the RISD Museum
By GREG COOK  |  January 01, 2010

We're killing the oceans

I meet world-renowned undersea photojournalist Brian Skerry at Legal Seafoods, across from the New England Aquarium, where he's the explorer in residence. He orders a chicken Caesar salad.
Is it too late to save the seas that sustain us?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 20, 2009

In war and love

PBRC'S A Time of Fire burns slowly
PBRC'S A Time of Fire burns slowly
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 18, 2009

Forward thinking

Letters to the Boston editor, November 14, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  November 12, 2008

Juana Molina | Un Día

Un Día shows Molina’s music in its weirdest, most mesmerizing, ideal version of itself.  
Domino (2008)
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  October 15, 2008



This new grand-theoretical manifesto might be completely daft.
Slavoj Žižek’s revolution
By GEORGE SCIALABBA  |  August 12, 2008

El Potro

Like a Mexican wrestling luchador, El Potro hides its true identity under a mask.
Curtido in disguise
By KENJI ALT  |  July 23, 2008

Fair game

There is a big difference between games that are consciously edgy or controversial, such as Postal or Super Columbine Massacre, and games that are intended as nothing but exploitive pornography, such as Custer’s Revenge.
Boston Phoenix Letters: May 9, 2008

Publish and Perish?

Professor Tal Ben-Shahar is a resident rock-star lecturer on Harvard’s campus.
Blogging Harvard courses could revolutionize open education — if its contributors aren’t expelled first
By SHARON STEEL  |  February 28, 2008

Start the revolution without me

To judge from recent movies from that country, everything in Romania is going to pot. Except Romanian movies.
History lessons in 12:08 East of Bucharest
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 24, 2007


Éminence grise

When I first met Joe Boyd, I knew him only as a legend, the force behind the psychedelic and folk-rock movements of the 1960s.
Joe Boyd remembers; remembering Joe Boyd
By DANA KLETTER  |  March 27, 2007

The A list

Overall, a great list; impossible to do and make everyone happy.
Letters to the Boston editor: November 10, 2006
By PHOENIX LETTERS  |  November 14, 2006

Just Visting

What's the difference between Mexican and American comedy?
An occasional shout-out from people passing through town  
By MARK OSTOW  |  November 08, 2006

Changing worlds

On the USM philosophy department's home page, I noticed Karl Marx’s famous lines from Theses on Feuerbach: “the philosophers have only interpreted the world, the point is to change it.”
A talk with USM philosophy professor Jason Read
By CHRIS THOMPSON  |  October 04, 2006

Full Friday

I experienced a Twilight Zone shift in reality last month while walking the streets of Philadelphia.
Two sacred events approaching
By IAN PAIGE  |  September 27, 2006

Heritage hangout

Modern times are tough for the Greeks.
Rediscovering Greek history
By BRIAN DUFF  |  September 20, 2006

Living theoria

This spare spiral that Constantin Brancusi traced to capture the likeness of writer James Joyce describes the sort of journey involved in what Joyce called the “sedentary trade”: using one’s life as the material for one’s work, each working and wandering
Military uses for art theory
By CHRIS THOMPSON  |  September 06, 2006

The Daytrotter sessions

Since it’s just not good enough anymore to start a blog and offer stolen MP3s, a new site called  Daytrotter  is inviting indie bands to its ragtag studioand recording tracks for them, then giving away four “Daytrotter Session” songs for download.
A trip to Rock Island, IL
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  July 11, 2006
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Pure pleasure

John Wayne's recently-opened King of the Roll on Congress Street in Portland's West End is a great addition to the sushi scene in town.
Sushi rolling with the King  
By BRIAN DUFF  |  May 24, 2006


Bound for glory

For the record, some of us still read the New York Times Magazine the old  fashioned way.
Agni, Night Train, and Ploughshares in the age of internet
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  May 18, 2006

Worthy Cause

Live Fast, Die Young celebrates Rebel’s 50th
By  |  October 24, 2005