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The proto-web utopian consciousness of Stan VanDerBeek

In April 1966, sheriff's deputies were hiding in bushes, peering into a mansion that had been turned into a headquarters and commune for LSD guru Timothy Leary and his pals at Millbrook, New York.
Psychadelic, man!
By GREG COOK  |  March 25, 2011
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Anti-Immigrant Stupor

Go back to Africo!
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  August 06, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Vince Neil acts his age

By the time you read this, the Situation will have his first single out on iTunes. Yeah, that the Situation.
Plus The Situation singled, Drake unsurpassed, Pete Doherty denied, Lou Reed exonerated
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 25, 2010
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Flynn-terrogation

In his powerful new memoir, The Ticking Is the Bomb (W.W. Norton), Scituate native Nick Flynn recounts a conversation he had with a man in Turkey.
Obsessed with the wrongs of Abu Ghraib, local author Nick Flynn traveled across the globe to meet its victims
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 15, 2010
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Classic Rock?

If you're looking for meaning in the overly sanitized myth that is our national Thanksgiving celebration, a good place to start is southeastern Massachusetts, where nearly 400 years ago that band of hungry, ill-prepared religious zealots tried to coloni
The myth of the pilgrims is so ingrained in our culture, it's a part of our national DNA. But one trip to the Plymouth area could change all that.
By GREG COOK  |  November 27, 2009

Trucking along with the Mobile Art Project

When the Hera Gallery left its customary perch on Main Street in Wakefield last fall for a time, artist and curator Viera Levitt started thinking of ways to bring art back to the heart of South County. She struck upon the idea of the Mobile Art Project a
Street Art
By GREG COOK  |  August 14, 2009


Flashbacks - February 24, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Jessica McConnell.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 27, 2008

What a break

A shout out of big-time thanks from the John McCain campaign to our friends in Georgia that are being mercilessly bombed by the Russian military after provoking Big Bad Vlad Putin!
McCain struts his stuff as Russia attacks Georgia
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 13, 2008
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Steam dream

The All-in-One Victorian PC is the perfect little black dress of computer modifications.
Steampunk bursts through its subculture roots to challenge our musical, fashion, design, and even political sensibilities
By SHARON STEEL  |  May 14, 2008
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Sex, violence and video games

Popular culture has always had a bogeyman. These days, it’s most often video games being accused of leading the nation’s youth astray.
Reconciling the irreconcilable
By MITCH KRPATA  |  April 23, 2008
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Grief encounter

The protagonist of Ronan Noone’s Brendan bestrides the narrow world, but hardly like a colossus.
The Huntington’s Brendan  and the Lyric’s Dying City
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 25, 2007


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Notre ami Pierrot

“Film is like a battleground,” American director Sam Fuller pronounces famously at the cocktail party in Pierrot le fou .
Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 omnibus rides again
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 12, 2007
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Dream girl

Do films hold the power of dreams?
Satoshi Kon’s got your ticket
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 30, 2007
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Walk on the mild side

In 1970, William Wegman was making short videos — jumping around in his underwear with purses hanging all over him, that sort of thing.
William Wegman at the Addison Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  April 09, 2007
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The biggest loser

Immigration may be a national issue, but it’s also going to be a major theme in this year’s state elections — and nowhere more than in the Massachusetts governor’s race.
Massachusetts Democrats need to stop talking about illegal immigration — and fast
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 30, 2006
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Persian perfection

Recently the readers of the Portland Phoenix voted to name Shahnaz Persian Grille as Portland's best Middle Eastern restaurant, so I decided to head up Forest Avenue to see if the voters were onto something.
Shahnaz struts its stuff
By BRIAN DUFF  |  May 03, 2006


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Hit and miss

Boston Ballet didn’t need Mark Morris’s blessing in 1999, and it doesn’t need it now.
Visiting and home teams swing for the fences  
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 22, 2006