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The onliest Sonny

Sonny Rollins has held the unofficial title of world’s greatest living improviser at least since the early ’70s, following the death of John Coltrane and the second of two extended Rollins sabbaticals from public performance.
Rollins looks at 80
By JON GARELICK  |  April 09, 2010

Fourth-estate follies, 2009 edition

Between the rise of the Web, the ADD-addling of America, the fragmentation of any national political consensus, and the devastated economy, working in the press can feel a bit like manning the Titanic — and this year, the entire industry seemed to te
The Phoenix's second annual year in media malfeasance
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 25, 2009

PODCAST: David Gergen, Lani Guinier, Jack Beatty, and Michael E. Porter on Obama's First Year

A year ago tomorrow we woke up and elected the first-ever black President. A couple of weeks ago at the Boston Book Festival, a panel...
By Carly Carioli  |  November 03, 2009

Dance, Monkey!: Rob Crean

Rob Crean has secret talents
We put a visiting comic on the hot seat
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  February 10, 2009

Pants afire

The ratio of falsehood to truth in the universe has not, of course, altered one jot since the world began.
Fakeries and the faking fakers who fake them
By JAMES PARKER  |  March 13, 2008