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A balmy night in 1776

Egad!
Failure
By KARL STEVENS  |  October 12, 2012

Power sticks

In my opinion, the Reverend Wesley J. Mills needs to take his own advice (see " Know Before You Spout ," letter to the editor, March 16).
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, April 6, 2012
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 06, 2012

Health 'n' hops

Thomas Jefferson once asserted that beer, when drank in moderation, "promotes health." Trappist monks in Belgium and the Netherlands referred to it as "liquid bread."
Is beer good for you?
By JOSH SMITH  |  April 01, 2011
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Take a seat and consider the chair

Richard Prince's 2008 "Nurse Hat Chair" sits next to a gothic French "Joined Chair" in the first gallery of the extensive "Sit Down!" — book-ending the six centuries of chairs represented in the exhibit.
Form + function
By ANNIE LARMON  |  December 10, 2010
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Drawing inspiration

"Die, yuppie scum," chants the long-haired man, to the beat of a pounding drum. "You don't need to fuck people over to survive."
Anarchist Seth Tobocman brings radical comic-book to the Lucy Parsons Center
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  June 18, 2010

Relentlessly ringing freedom

Amid relentless bell-ringing (“Let freedom ring!” chanted the enthusiasts as they deprived passersby of their hearing and sanity), the Tea Party came to Portland last week to greet President Barack Obama.
Northern New England’s Tea Partiers go local
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 09, 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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The Granite State Gang

Big bucks couldn't buy the viral awe and ire that the Free State Project (FSP) scored on August 11, when New Hampshire resident William Kostric arrived outside President Barack Obama's Portsmouth Town Hall meeting with a handgun on his right thigh — "op
New Hampshire transplants live free — or die trying
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 28, 2009
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Scratch and Whiff

I have 53 fully scratched (and completely worthless) Billion Dollar Bonanza scratch tickets sitting in my desk drawer. Each cost $20.
A non-junkie lottery player comes to grips with cardboard crack
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  July 17, 2009
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Sotomayor's mixed message on free speech

Minutes after President Barack Obama announced that he was nominating appellate judge Sonia Sotomayor for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, battle lines were drawn on the pre-scripted questions of "post-racial" America.
Freedom Watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 05, 2009
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Folk my brains out

Toby Kamp's 'The Old, Weird America: Folk Themes In Contemporary Art' at The Decordova Museum
Wild and weird
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  May 22, 2009


Letters

Harvey Silverglate’s " The Gray Lady in Shadow " (January 6) was excellent and raised extraordinary concerns.
GUNNING FOR THE TIMES
By  |  October 27, 2008
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Interview: John Hodgman

Long before John Hodgman became universally recognized as the systems-challenged PC in Apple’s ads, he was writing fake trivia for such publications as McSweeney’s and the New York Times Magazine.  
One man's operating system
By CLEA SIMON  |  October 08, 2008
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Bad sports

When historians trace the rise of the blog as the dominant journalistic form of the 21st century, they’ll pay close attention to two recent developments.
While old and new media are mending many fences, they’re still squaring off in jockland
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 18, 2008
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Hungry Mother

Platters such as “catfish pâté” can be visually hilarious, but also really delicious.
Beverly Hillbillies food goes to Paris
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 21, 2008
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What's left behind

Tap Olé is less a new-fangled bicultural fusion than a return to tap dancing’s foundational swingtime.
Tap Olé at the Regent, Rachid Ouramdane at the ICA, Prometheus at Boston Conservatory
By DEBRA CASH  |  May 21, 2008


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Issues, shmissues

During the past few weeks, we’ve heard yet more media laments from our self-appointed guardians of political civility, warning us that this campaign is about to go over a cliff.
Never mind the complaints about how the media are not focusing on the issues. Historically, they never have.
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 21, 2008
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For real change, the chattering classes need to take a fall

The key word of the moment in America is “change.”
Phillipe and Jorge
By PHILLIPE + JORGE  |  January 09, 2008
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Ego Trippin’

All the stories chronicling the demise of the Barack Obama campaign are premature, no matter what the current polls say.
Obama can still win the Democratic nomination — b ut first, he has to get over himself
By STEVEN STARK  |  October 10, 2007
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Talking to Himself

There’s a scene in Alan Alda’s new memoir  that’s hard to forget: Hawkeye, age eleven, shooting terminally ill rabbits to a bloody, dusty death.
Alan Alda talks to us about his new memoir and what it means to live a successful life  
By JENNY HALPER  |  September 07, 2007
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Murder most foul

Man, just what the hell is going on in the sports world?
Sports blotter: "This isn't funny" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 20, 2007


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High time for high principles

Every now and then a case comes before the US Supreme Court that has as much entertainment value as constitutional significance.
Why the Supreme Court should back the bong guy
By EDITORIAL  |  March 21, 2007
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Pressing the case

In the aftermath of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s perjury conviction last week, the journalistic fallout of the case remains a subject of intense interest for reporters and legal observers.  
A limited federal shield law would be better than the post-Libby status quo
By JIM TARICANI  |  March 14, 2007
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If terrorists hit Boston

What follows is a scenario roughly based on two real-world post-9/11 terrorist attacks.
In The Edge of Disaster , a security expert warns that the US is not prepared for future disasters
By STEPHEN FLYNN  |  March 08, 2007

Higgins at large

This article originally appeared in the February 17, 1976 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
 
By GEORGE V. HIGGINS  |  November 14, 2006
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Freedom fighters

Anglo-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, which is getting its area premiere at New Repertory Theatre (at the Arsenal Center for the Arts through October 1), is a superficially clever play.
The Pillowman at New Rep; 1776 at Lyric Stage
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  September 12, 2006


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Samuel Adams Brewer Patriot Collection

A nation founded on beer is a strong republic indeed.
Revolutionary
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 08, 2006
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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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Quotes and numbers, March 31, 2006

6: n umber of nights in a row that Tribe, a popular lesbian/bi/queer night, will be hosted at Felt  and Vinalia  in coordination with the NCAA Women’s Final Four, which takes place this week in Boston.
Bush, basketball and more
By  |  March 29, 2006
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Frontier justice

Log on. Check your Gmail. Click the URLs your friend just sent. One’s a blog entry about electronic voting machines, the other is a news story about warrantless wiretapping. Grit your teeth.
As the Internet and other shifting technologies dominate our lives, is the EFF the new ACLU?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 09, 2006