Rene Descartes

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Visions of hope

Shannon Heuklom of Providence spent the past two summers helping at a rural clinic, serving some 2000 HIV-positive patients, that is run by the nonprofit Hope Through Health in the West African nation of Togo.
‘Coming Out’ at Firehouse 13; Dery and Easton at 5 Traverse
By GREG COOK  |  January 15, 2010

Interview: James Carroll

The Phoenix 's Adam Reilly recently spoke with Globe columnist James Carroll about his new book, Practicing Catholic (Houghton Mifflin), and his critical but durable relationship with the Roman Catholic Church.
The full transcript of the Phoenix's conversation with the author
By ADAM REILLY  |  April 01, 2009

Winners and sinners

Ah, fall, when Nobel Prize winners are announced — and, now, when past winners turn up with more good reading.
Barth, Bolaño, Roth, Morrison, and more
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  September 08, 2008

Letter to the Boston editor: July 20, 2007

While I can certainly understand the impetus for the “America Blows” article, I found it short-sighted.
No blow?

Digital strips

In the not-too-distant past, telling someone you were interested in webcomics was met with awkward stares and changes of subject.  (Trust me.)
The rise of webcomics and four artists leading the way
By JOE BERNARDI  |  July 10, 2007

Coffee lids by design

Sage Lewis makes pinpricks on white paper, a constellation of dots, interrelating references or access points to dualistic planes of existence.
Four artists explore Intelligent Design
By IAN PAIGE  |  May 23, 2007


Sell your body, or sell your soul?

Desperation had driven me to this point. I was determined not to return to the soul-eating life of a cubicle serf, so, unemployed and grasping for tuition money, I’d become a Craigslist whore, selling my services to slick marketers wielding surveys and h
30 nights as a (well-paid) guinea pig in hospital sleep study
By I-HSIEN SHERWOOD  |  January 25, 2007

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


A handful of this year’s travel books seem an odd, almost ghoulish enactment of Rene Descartes’s statement that “Traveling is almost like talking with men of other centuries.”
Travel guides that go beyond the practical
By DANA KLETTER  |  June 21, 2006
Chomsky N&F list photo 2/3/06

Maine-ufacturing consent

Typical of the exposure given 77-year-old MIT linguistics professor and philosopher Noam Chomsky by most American news media, he was blanked out by the Portland Press Herald , and there was no coverage by the Portland TV news shows or Maine Public Radio
Noam Chomsky himself is filtered by the news
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 02, 2006