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Annie Leibovitz’s elegiac ''Pilgrimage''

Between 2009 and 2011, New York celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz wandered around the US and off to England, tracking down the homes and things of famous dead politicians and writers and naturalists and musicians.
Dead people’s things
By GREG COOK  |  August 31, 2012
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Taking a global view at Salt

In the 1930s, the New Deal-era Farm Security Administration compiled arguably the most influential photo dossier in American history, enlisting nationally prominent photographers like Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans to capture scenes of rural poverty dur
The plight of the worker
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 09, 2011
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Looking deeply into the everyday with aa//ee's Broadsheet

The Dixie cup is the first object investigated in aa//ee's inaugural issue of Broadsheet , a quarterly newsletter exploring the historical narratives behind mundane objects of industrial design.
Targeting ‘To Go’
By ANNIE LARMON  |  January 21, 2011

High-octane coverage

Despite admirable wall-to-wall coverage from the national mainstream press and unusually in-depth reports from network television and cable, the Huffington Post has emerged as perhaps the single best go-to source for developing news and wide-ranging com
The Huffington Post owns Gulf coverage; plus, that Hitchens memoir
By PETER KADZIS  |  June 04, 2010
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Updike does death, R. Crumb does God, Vanity Fair does Proust

Trying to reach as broad a range of tastes and pocketbooks as possible, we this year scavenged everything from the front pages of the Onion to R. Crumb's genesis, to valedictory Updike. Stuff to read, stuff to look at, glossy pages and matte. Remember
Gift books to savor
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 11, 2009
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Review: William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe

“Bill” Kunstler was the flamboyant, contentious, proudly revolutionary lawyer for the Chicago Eight, a handsome man with an unruly mane of black-and-white that was as impressive and iconic as the head of hair on Susan Sontag.
What’s it like being the young daughters of this John Brown–like presence?
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 13, 2009


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Midsummer madness

After a relatively quiet summer, I saw Boston Midsummer Opera's Cosí fan tutte at BU's Tsai Center. Then I raced out to Tanglewood for a Mark Morris program accompanied by Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax, a BSO matinee with Ma, and all six concerts in the annua
Mark Morris, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Festival of Contemporary Music at Tanglewood, Mozart in Boston, Meyerbeer at Bard
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  August 21, 2009
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Review: 'A Horse Is Not a Metaphor'

Cinema might not be able to cure cancer, but when wielded by a master documentarian like Barbara Hammer, it can squeeze a little beauty out of the disease.
Hammer's joy in being alive is no metaphor either
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 08, 2009
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Wish-fulfillment for a burning world

From the shining big-screen debut of Iron Man to the large amounts of green produced by the Incredible Hulk, this was the year the public couldn't get enough of their favorite heroes.
The 2008 heroic holiday DVD and Blu-ray gift guide
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 08, 2008
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Once upon a time in Hungary

Since its release in 1994, Hungarian auteur Béla Tarr’s 435-minute sui generis masterpiece Sátántangó has had the top critics grasping for superlatives.
Béla Tarr’s epic arrives on DVD
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 26, 2008
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The cuteness surge

Cuteness, of course, is the collective cultural cure-all to our problems.
Why, in desperate times, we turn to lolcats, twee songs, and mute kittens
By SHARON STEEL  |  February 01, 2008


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The Oscars go to Hell

Maybe it’s just as well if the writers’ strike forces a cancellation of the Oscars show.
The Devil knows what the nominations will be for this year’s Oscars
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 18, 2008
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Winter reads

Esteemed fiction writers, young stars, the Civil War, the ’60s, and the morass of contemporary geopolitics — it’s all here for reading during winter’s long, dark nights.
Novels from Peter Carey and Russell Banks, poetry from Elizabeth Bishop, and advice from Madeleine Albright
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  December 21, 2007
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Unwell

In combining the dual careers of novelist and physician, Michael Stein has honed his skills of observation of characters and patients.
A doctor writes about coping with illness
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  April 18, 2007
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Deadly art

It’s tempting to see two new biographies of Leni Riefenstahl and assume they’ll push the envelope, and expose the dirt about her personal life.
Sorting out the life and career of Leni Riefenstahl
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  April 10, 2007
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My Ellen Willis

When I was a queer teenager in suburban New Jersey in the early 1960s, I decided that I wanted to be Susan Sontag.
Making sense of a woman who was always two or three steps ahead of the Zeitgeist
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  November 30, 2006


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Absolute Wilson

Back in 1991, in the American Repertory Theatre production of When We Dead Awaken , Robert Wilson’s musical based on the dour Henrik Ibsen play, there was a moment when the cast, led by Honey Cole, started a cakewalk line while chanting the play’s title
Absolutely   bewildered
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 29, 2006
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Life, examined

Solo performer Mike Daisey has been described as a cross between Noam Chomsky and Jack Black, Spalding Gray and Robin Williams and — my favorite — “Jackie Gleason meets Franz Kafka.”
Delving deeper with Mike Daisey
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 26, 2006
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Film noir or red meat?

On this, all agree: nobody in 1940s Hollywood consciously made “film noirs,” though that’s what we now call The Maltese Falcon , Double Indemnity , The Big Sleep , and other dark, cynical, crime melodramas.
And Ric Burns’s Warhol documentary
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 12, 2006
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Master movers

Rhode Island audiences have long been treated to national caliber dance troupes in Rhode Island College’s Performing Arts Series.
Mark Morris and Ronald K. Brown head to RIC  
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 01, 2006