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Teach the controversy

An Iranian cleric says immodest women are the cause of earthquakes
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  June 18, 2010

Sweaty Palmes

Apichatpong Weerasethakul must have done something right in one or more of his previous incarnations.
The Cannes 2010 jury picks some winners, but some head-scratchers, too
By LISA NESSELSON  |  May 28, 2010

Ken Miller just can’t win

What’s an honorable man to do?
Brown biology professor attacked by Darwin-hating fundies and leftie atheists alike
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 05, 2010

The Phoenix cleans up at NENPA

Was 2009 a good year for newspapers?
Tooting Our Own Horn Dept.
By LANCE GOULD  |  February 12, 2010

Review: Creation

God-fearing creationists won't find anything to worry them in Jon Amiel's stiff, stodgy, PBS-style telling of the life of Charles Darwin (Paul Bettany) during the time he was writing (slowly, very slowly) The Origin of Species .
The origin of specious
By GERALD PEARY  |  January 22, 2010

ACLU, fighting the good fight

If the Rhode Island ACLU could tap any two figures to headline its 50th anniversary event, it might choose Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson. And so it has.
Honoring the past
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 18, 2009


Review: The Unmistaken Child

After the 2001 death of Tibetan Buddhist master Lama Konchog, his disciple Tenzin Zopa is charged with tracking down his reincarnation.
A fascinating, if disturbing, look at how the Dalai Lama's enlightened sausage is made
By LANCE GOULD  |  July 17, 2009
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Deep impact

In the most memorable piece in Waterville author Ron Currie Jr.'s 2007 debut short story collection, God is Dead (Viking), God is reincarnated as a Dinka woman in a refugee camp in Sudan, who enlists a jive-talking Colin Powell in an effort to find a
Ron Currie Jr. has a blast with the apocalypse once more
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 03, 2009

Warren Jeffs

This pedophile former leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints is no better than a wannabe David Koresh or Charles Manson. And when you want to be one of those guys - you are beyond unsexy.
This pedophile former leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints is no better than a wannabe David Koresh or Charles Manson. And when you want to be one of those guys - you are beyond unsexy.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

The Center of the universe

Real-life quantum leaper Richard Goodwin was sort of a 1960s political Zelig — everywhere you looked, there he was.
JFK speechwriter and Renaissance man Richard Goodwin explores the roots of today's religious wars by channeling 17th-century anti-hero Galileo in a play called Two Men of Florence
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 04, 2009

Examining the state of Iraq's democracy

Why don't people laugh out loud, or at least guffaw, when they hear about US troops overseas assisting elections? Too many US states and municipalities have dysfunctional voting systems for us to be proudly tutoring anyone else.
Only eight candidates for office were murdered during this year's campaigning, down from 200 in 2005
By ANDISHEH NOURAEE  |  February 18, 2009


Phoenix group harvests 17 regional press prizes

The New England Press Association (NEPA) annual newspaper contest has always been good to us.
Bragging-Rights Night at NEPA
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  February 11, 2009

Tashi Delek

The total Tashi Delek experience is larger than the food or the room, or even the caring service from the lone mid-week waitress.
Fine Tibetan cuisine — freed from Chinese influences
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 09, 2008

Mangum's opus

This article originally appeared in the March 5, 1998 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Neutral Milk Hotel's epic Aeroplane
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  March 07, 2008

Alito: hypocrisy in high places

The First Amendment took two big hits from the Supreme Court on June 25.
Freedom watch

Grief work

From dance to dance, they shared a movement vocabulary that suggested pain, struggle, solace, and submission to unseen but unbreakable constraints.
Prometheus's 'Devil's Wedding'
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 29, 2007


Well shut my mouth!

Are today’s college students thinner-skinned than were previous generations?
Tufts and Brandeis muzzle student newspapers — at students’ urging

Adam's Apples

Before fundamentalists hijacked it, faith was as much mystery as absurdity.
Black humor and handguns
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 11, 2007

Conservatives refuse to give in to Gore

February was a rough month for global-warming deniers.
Climate Change — Not!
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 28, 2007


Although there are references along the way to such disparate films as  Planet of the Apes and Midnight Cowboy — not to mention his own Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ — Apocalypto reveals that Mel Gibson’s chief inspirations are chil
Chaos with a Stooge twist
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2007

Guest lists

What small, private lists like this remind us is that big, honking institutional lists are largely fictions, mirages of a consensus that no longer exists, if it ever really did in the first place.
 What 30 of the Phoenix 's music critics liked this year
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 02, 2007


The Rhoda Reaction

what are the causes of evil and how do we eradicate it — or at least keep it in abeyance?
Why The Bad Seed teaches us more about “evil” than George W. Bush ever could
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  December 20, 2006

Terrorism by any other name . . .

I get so tired of hearing threats and hate speech.
Letters to the Boston editor: December 15, 2006
By LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  |  December 13, 2006

The Giant Buddhas

A few months before 9/11, in March 2001, Muslim fundamentalists destroyed another towering icon of non-Islamic culture: two giant Buddhas in the Bamiyan Valley in Afghanistan. Watch the trailer for Giant Buddhas  
From several viewpoints
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 20, 2006

Falwell U

This article originally appeared in the August 4, 1981 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
The Moral Majority's higher education
By JERE REAL  |  August 03, 2006
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A wild, wild, wide-open race

Here are five Big Things about the recent primary election that were missed or underemphasized by the “straight” press.
What you won’t learn from the rest of the media about Maine’s upcoming elections
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 21, 2006

Do ask, do tell

I’m 19, in the Army, and in the closet.
By DAN SAVAGE  |  January 24, 2006