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Meet Evan Thomas

Narrative is the throughline in the professional life of Evan Thomas.
The parallel careers of Newsweek's premier wordsmith
By PETER KADZIS  |  May 14, 2010

Walk on the wild side

With Douglas Adams dead, where have we to turn for quirkily unconventional questions about life, the universe, and everything?
 Inner beasts are unleashed in Avenue Q
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 23, 2009

Ra Ra Riot at the Paradise

Ra Ra Riot is a little more ra ra than riotous, but that's part of their charm. The six-piece act resembles a group of young...
By webteam  |  October 06, 2009

Vote Yoon

Barring supernatural intervention next Tuesday, incumbent Thomas Menino is expected to top the ticket in Boston's four-candidate mayoral preliminary. The final vote will take place November 3.
It is time for Boston to debate its future
By EDITORIAL  |  September 18, 2009

Yoon or Flaherty

Boston voters will go to the polls in less than seven weeks to choose two candidates, out of the four now running, to face off against each other in November's mayoral election.
Who will win the chance to challenge Menino?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 14, 2009


If there was ever any doubt that race and perception are intimately linked, the bizarre arrest of Harvard superstar Henry Louis Gates Jr. — which hit the news this past Monday — should dispel it once and for all.
Banner come back
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 24, 2009


On Sotomayor

There is a pleasing symmetry to President Obama's nomination of federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court.
A noble pick that highlights a political flash point. Plus, California's shame.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 29, 2009

A living history

Since Anna Deavere Smith's Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 is set in a specific place and time, some theatergoers will want to relegate its incidents and attitudes — which surround the Rodney King riots — to history.
Twilight revists the King riots
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 24, 2009

The wild bunch

By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 04, 2009

Wish upon a czar

Paul Krugman could be Obama’s economic dream come true
Paul Krugman could be Obama’s economic dream come true
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 18, 2009

Downhill economy

Thrills, generally speaking, aren't cheap.
How to go skiing in New England with no car and little money
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  November 18, 2008

Scars and souvenirs

The campaign is over. Now for the fun stuff.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 05, 2008

No rules

The state of Maine doesn’t give away money. Except for the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Economic Development, and the state treasurer.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 25, 2008

Are universities selling out to oil nations?

As Academia searches for elusive dollars in a downward economy, oil-rich nations are enticing American schools to open satellite campuses in the Gulf.
As their big bucks beckon, Gulf campuses boom
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  September 24, 2008

The truth is up there

The sky’s on the move again, he can feel it.
Clouds, sun dogs, and the dream of an atmospheric education . . . How one former TV reporter brought his sky gospel to the people
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 20, 2008

Parody flunks out

Artist Barry Blitt’s brilliant illustration — which sought to satirize the naysayers who portray Obama as a flag-burning, unpatriotic Muslim and his wife as a black-power radical — cut to the core of today’s political paradox.
Political humor is no longer welcome in Academia as administrators choke the life out of parody
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  July 30, 2008


Modern romantics

Romeo & Juliet, On Motifs of Shakespeare is less of a statement than a supposition: what if we did it a different way?
Mark Morris’s Romeo & Juliet ; Lar Lubovitch at the Pillow
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 08, 2008

Nowhere to hide

Google-fucked. That’s what you are when a potential employer searches your name and discovers that you — you of the 4.0 GPA, you of the charity work — are also the sluttiest person on campus.
College gossip blogs exposed
By KARA BASKIN  |  April 25, 2008


Behind the camera and in front of it, George Clooney has glorified screwjobs (Chuck Barris) and romanticized bygone eras.
A plucky play that takes its eyes off the ball
By TOM MEEK  |  April 09, 2008

After Sesame

Where does Gen-X move when it’s way too old for Sesame Street and way too poor for Park Avenue?
Avenue Q  is the street where you live
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 14, 2008

Celibate at Harvard

A year ago, a conservative revolution was born in the throbbing heart of liberal Cambridge: a True Love Revolution (TLR), that is.
Can true love ever replace campus hook-ups?
By KARA BASKIN  |  October 25, 2007

It’s not big, it’s large

Legislative candidate: “Thanks for your time, Mr. Swamp Thing.”
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  September 12, 2007

What’s in a name?

The discovery that we’ve had Lane’s name wrong since at least 1913 has prompted questions about what else scholars have gotten wrong about him.
Why it’s Fitz Henry, not Fitz Hugh, Lane — and why it matters
By GREG COOK  |  August 31, 2007

Aesthetic genius

When I saw Marisha Pessl in the New York Times Style Section, meticulously posed on an antique chair wearing a pair of high heels and a coy smile, I cringed.
Why can’t more writers be smart enough to be beautiful, handsome, or at least cute
By SHARON STEEL  |  August 30, 2007

Poison ivy

John Edwards’s campaign seems to have hit a roadblock that could seriously hurt his chances of securing the Democratic nomination.
What’s dooming John Edwards’s campaign to be the Democratic nominee? He never attended Harvard or Yale.
By STEVEN STARK  |  August 01, 2007

Outsmarting himself

Much of Barack Obama’s appeal is rooted in his promise to bring a new style of thoughtful politics to Washington.
Can race trump the egghead factor in Obama’s bid for the nomination?
By STEVEN STARK  |  July 20, 2007


Pass the jelly

It came about “because I knew a girl who wanted to wear a tutu on stage.”
John Kuntz toasts Mr. Marmalade
By SALLY CRAGIN  |  July 10, 2007

Bacevich’s war

Eight days after 9/11, NPR broadcast a commentary by Andrew J. Bacevich, a Vietnam War veteran, former Army colonel, and professor of international relations at BU.
The politics of personal tragedy
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 02, 2007

Peers, pressure

Every time there is a school shooting, interest peaks in the media about the pressures that students are under.
PBRC's thought-provoking Done
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 01, 2007

Rebirth of a salesman

He’s going too fast.
The return of Russel Pergament
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 25, 2007