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Hedonism at its best

In 1888, a 15-year-old French kid and a couple of his buddies wrote a script, modeling its gross and laughable anti-hero on a school teacher whom they had it in for.
Absurdist mirth and wonder in Ubu Roi
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 29, 2010
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2009: The year in Phoenix blog posts

Our most popular blog posts from 2009
Michael Jackson, meteors, WBCN, and one very angry Obama
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 18, 2009
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Plain talk

Jesse Sheidlower, an editor-at-large of the Oxford English Dictionary , an expert in slang, and the author of The F-Word , can't stop talking about fuck.
Jesse Sheidlower gives the f-word its due
By JUSTINE ELIAS  |  September 18, 2009

Knowledge in a flash

Jake Rolan sat at Starbucks on Thayer Street one day last month, busy on both his laptop and iPhone, seemingly no different from the other students who had carved out an itinerant workspace there, cursing out the wireless network that seemed to fade in
Ingenuity
By RICHARD ASINOF  |  August 14, 2009
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Bibio | Ambivalence Avenue

Since this new record by Wolverhampton's Stephen James Wilkinson (a/k/a Bibio) has done nothing but delight me, I'm going to honor the sentiments posted to his MySpace blog and spare him the f-word and all variants thereof.
Warp (2009)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 03, 2009
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Review: Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight

In Wendy Keys's extreme hagiography, nobody on earth seems to have a bad word about graphic designer Milton Glaser, either his art or his person.
Smitten with its subject, with good reason.
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 26, 2009


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Between rock and a soft place

There's a blog post on the Everyday Visuals' Web site titled "Pop is fucking (aka. Everything to all people? / a/k/a. Coldplay is just as bad as Wavves)" that I was tempted to cut, paste, and submit in place of this article.
Is the Everyday Visuals' likability a liability?
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 08, 2009
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Good dirt

"Part of the mystery, when you find a love letter that was torn into bits: was it torn up by the person who received it, or did the person that wrote it tear it up before they even gave it to them?"
Davy Rothbart's lost-and-Found
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 08, 2009
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Get shorty

"It's not like Jay-Z saw me on the street and discovered me and made me into a superstar! I was doing my thing already."
Lady Sovereign hits new heights
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 01, 2009
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Braziliant

As if puny, leaf-free trees and a general lack of flowers in late April weren't enough of a message to the post-winter season to hurry its shit up, art schools across Boston are poised to open their annual May fundraisers, all in the name of spring.
'Brazil on Screen 2009,' Mass Art shorts, and spring sales at Mass Art and the SMFA
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  May 01, 2009
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Wanted: Shitty jobs for shitty times

Ethnic Stereotype Debunker, Royal Taco Eater, and more.
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  April 24, 2009


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We gladly accept

I wanted to point out something to both the editorial staff and theater critic Carolyn Clay regarding her review of A Bronx Tale , starring Chazz Palminteri.  
Letters to the Boston editor, April 24, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 24, 2009
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Faulty Conscience | Good Enough for Punk Rock

Of the innumerable punk bands who will release their debut full-length this year, Allston's Faulty Conscience will surpass the majority with their aptly titled Good Enough for Punk Rock .
BPO (2009)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  April 17, 2009
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Dance Monkey!: Mehran Khaghani

Every week we put a comic in the hot seat. This week's victim is...
Hates to be called Mommy Face
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Another damn study

Some people argue that scholarly inquiry about profanity is pointless, and even laughable.
Timothy Jay, PhD, discusses words his colleagues won't
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 10, 2009
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The worst word

Then it happens: you look up at the TV screen and see Bono, the lead singer of U2, step up to the podium to accept a statuette for recording the Best Alternative Music album. "We shall continue to abuse our position," he says, "and fuck up the mainstrea
How F**K became our top taboo term -- and why we need it to stay that way
By TIMOTHY GOWER  |  April 03, 2009


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Unextinct

The convo is already off to a bumpy start with one Lou Barlow of Dinosaur Jr., phoning in from his Los Angeles residence at 10:30 am PST.
Dinosaur Jr. will roam the earth forever
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 31, 2009

11. Rick Warren

As if having a religious invocation at a political event isn't intellectually offensive enough, Obama chose this sweaty goateed homophobic pig to summon Christ's light upon the new administration. But for anyone put off by this dickhead's odd calling to
As if having a religious invocation at a political event isn't intellectually offensive enough, Obama chose this sweaty goateed homophobic pig to summon Christ's light upon the new administration. But for anyone put off by this dickhead's odd calling to “Sasha” and “Malia,” just wait until pictures surface of him sniffing meth off some hairy hustler's throbbing crucifix.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

Clark Rockefeller

Of course we Bostonians enjoy having the national spotlight splashed upon us, but not when the subject of its ire is a compulsive bullshit artist with Buddy Holly glasses. We wouldn't fuck this guy with Mitt Romney's dick.
Of course we Bostonians enjoy having the national spotlight splashed upon us, but not when the subject of its ire is a compulsive bullshit artist with Buddy Holly glasses. We wouldn't fuck this guy with Mitt Romney's dick.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

MC Frontalot

Now that dweebitude is all the rage in mainstream circles (see: the popularity of Marvel movies, video game sales, etc.), all that separates real geeks like nerdcore hip-hop king MC Frontalot from everybody else are his unfortunate accessories. And his s
Now that dweebitude is all the rage in mainstream circles (see: the popularity of Marvel movies, video game sales, etc.), all that separates real geeks like nerdcore hip-hop king MC Frontalot from everybody else are his unfortunate accessories. And his shitty rapping.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

Toby Young

No doubt it's easy to make this list when you sit next to the sexiest being on this green earth: Top Chef hostess Padma Lakshmi. Still, Tom Colicchio dodged us, and so did the dramatically unsexy Ted Allen. But Young is a shoo-in; besides his canned one-
No doubt it's easy to make this list when you sit next to the sexiest being on this green earth: Top Chef hostess Padma Lakshmi. Still, Tom Colicchio dodged us, and so did the dramatically unsexy Ted Allen. But Young is a shoo-in; besides his canned one-liners and nonsense observations, shithead looks like a British David Cross.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009


6. Christian Bale

What the fuck was Bale doing with that massive viral tirade on the Terminator set? Is this guy professional or not? Shut the fuck up, Bruce! For fuck's sake, man. Fucking amateur. Somebody should kick his fucking ass. Bale shouldn't just be sorry. Next t
What the fuck was Bale doing with that massive viral tirade on the Terminator set? Is this guy professional or not? Shut the fuck up, Bruce! For fuck's sake, man. Fucking amateur. Somebody should kick his fucking ass. Bale shouldn't just be sorry. Next time he should think for one fucking second.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

Detroit Auto Executives

We agree that it was shitty how these guys took private jets to request auto bailout bucks, but if we owned American cars we wouldn't take the chance of driving either.
We agree that it was shitty how these guys took private jets to request auto bailout bucks, but if we owned American cars we wouldn't take the chance of driving either.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

Manny Ramirez

At last, the mashing man-child finally ended feverish off-season speculation by accepting a paltry two-year $45 million contract from the Dodgers. What a tragedy considering that Manny's been paid $147 million since 2001. Fuck him and his agent for dissi
At last, the mashing man-child finally ended feverish off-season speculation by accepting a paltry two-year $45 million contract from the Dodgers. What a tragedy considering that Manny's been paid $147 million since 2001. Fuck him and his agent for dissing Boston after we put up with his shit for seven years. Still, this faux-hippie asswipe wound up here because of that horrific oily mane he sports.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

Jonah Goldberg

Most parents want their kids to amount to more. But this half-stepping conservative hack is a straight up cunt just like his cheap mother.
TALKING HEAD CHEESE
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

Rafaello Follieri

Anne Hathaway's greaseball ex-boyfriend isn't just guilty for his role as a star-screwing real estate con man – even though he duped the Pope and wound up bunking alongside Bernie Madoff for misappropriating billions in so-called investments. We just hat
GUINEA PIG
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009


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Rogue wave

These days, younger, wiser bands simply don't bat their eyelashes at the majors like they used to.
The allure of the music industry may be long gone, but SXSW can still attract the underground to its edges
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 25, 2009
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Bomb the Music Industry! | Scrambles

To Leave or Die in Long Island  (2005) and Goodbye Cool World  (2006) cemented this outfit's legacy as a band-type thing too self-consciously goofy to be taken seriously.
Quote Unquote/Asian Man (2009)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 23, 2009
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Review: Britney Spears at the Garden

"Oh my God, this is going to be so fucking crazy!" screams a teenage girl behind me.
Britney Spears' Circus Maximus at the Garden, March 16, 2009
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 19, 2009
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From your biggest fan

I e-mailed but you're still not calling. (I left my cell, my office, and my home number at the bottom.) You must not have got 'em; there must have been a problem with your servers or something.
An open letter to Canibus (sans Dido interludes)
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 19, 2009