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Jared Lee Loughner
Two days before Saturday's horrific shooting in Tucson, Arizona, which gravely wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and left six people dead, a woman disrupted the reading of the US Constitution on the floor of the US House of Representatives by loud
Tragedy in Tucson re-opens the question of the GOP's dangerous embrace of extremists
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| January 14, 2011
It will be unclear for some time whether alleged Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner will qualify for an insanity defense. But one need not be a practicing psychiatrist to see that the 22 year old is a disturbed individual.
And the American psychosis
| January 14, 2011
Cowardly new world
I know that the ancient Mayan calendar indicated the world may end in 2012, but I doubt it. Instead, let me illustrate how bad it might get, starting in that year.
| May 28, 2010
An immigrant song
Arizona has declared war on Mexico. SB1070, the incendiary new immigration bill signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer, has set off national boycotts, lawsuits, protests, and denouncements.
What we can learn from our neighbors to the south
| May 14, 2010
Notes from a Borderland
What we learn from immigrants
What we learn from immigrants
| May 07, 2010
Heart keeps beating
Storytelling is largely about character, and writer Thomas Cobb came up with a doozy when he conceived Bad Blake.
Novelist (and RIC professor) Thomas Cobb recalls the origins of Bad Blake
| January 29, 2010
Hell on wheels
There are rules. No hands, no feet, no heads. No tripping, no hitting from the back — just thighs, hips, upper arms and torso, from the side or front.
Providence roller derby — fast action, big fun, and grrrl power on skates
| October 16, 2009
Portland Phoenix honored
At the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies annual awards banquet in Tucson, Arizona, last Friday, Portland Phoenix staff and freelancers were recognized for their coverage of the 2008 elections, with a second-place award, tying the City Newspaper
AAN honors Portland Phoenix for election coverage
| July 03, 2009
The Detroit Cobras give new life to old soul
There's nothing lazier than the typical cover band: musicians taking the easy way out for listeners who don't want to be challenged — or, worse yet, revisiting the glory years when their shitty taste in music was current and therefore socially acceptabl
| June 05, 2009
All quiet on the Times Co. front
When I heard this past Friday that the New York Times Company had delivered a radical ultimatum to the Boston Globe 's 13 unions I called Globe spokesman Bob Powers to check it out. He wasn't talking.
The Globe crisis leaves New York speechless. Plus, Morrissey Boulevard's problematic political fan club
| April 10, 2009
Interview: Lance Hammer
Some filmmakers seek to penetrate the mystery of human existence through cinema.
| October 28, 2008
Feel the pain
Barn Burning is the acclaimed audio outlet for singer/guitarist Anthony Loffredio, a Providence native whose introspective tales are spun well beyond his 33 years and well-complemented by a revolving door of musicians since the 2004 promising debut Weat
The bittersweet smolder of Barn Burning
| October 22, 2008
Calexico: Carried to Dust
True to its title, Carried to Dust moves along with wraith-like grace, a haunting and beautiful drift of songs about codebreakers, gravebound ghosts, and stars that “shone in slowness.”
| September 02, 2008
The play's the thing
Like Tropic Thunder , Hamlet 2 makes its satirical intent known straight away with a flurry of phony, funny commercials.
Steve Coogan masters tragic irony in Hamlet 2
| August 19, 2008
Cock and bull?
Americans will finally know who Steve Coogan is.
Interview: Not if it’s British actor Steve Coogan
| August 11, 2008
Are turtles making love at King Middle School?
“What your values are, and what actually happens, are quite different.”
| October 24, 2007
In the not-too-distant past, telling someone you were interested in webcomics was met with awkward stares and changes of subject. (Trust me.)
The rise of webcomics and four artists leading the way
| July 10, 2007
In 2005, author Barbara Kingsolver moved her family from Tucson to a farm in Virginia to embark on a year-long experiment of returning to nature.
Barbara Kingsolver grows her own
| June 27, 2007
As you read this, I’m moving — and probably literally.
| June 13, 2007
Slow + steady
Before grown-ups start talking to kids about certain things, a parent observes, kids start talking to grown-ups.
Talking about sex – with a turtle?
| February 28, 2007
The flying Scotsman
“I don’t usually come across as all that interesting in interviews,” admits 20-year-old Paolo Nutini over the phone from a gig in Stockholm.
Paolo Nutini soars across the pond
| January 29, 2007
Good music, good causes
A few fund-raisers stand out on this week’s docket.
The Scuba Steve and PARL benefits; plus, the Jesse Minute
| October 10, 2006
Players and painted stage
It seems the fall theater season was shot from a gun this year, barely after the Labor Day picnic baskets had been packed away.
Fall on the Boston boards
| September 13, 2006
Where it was
As a wee lad, Jeff Coveney went down to the sea on Martha’s Vineyard in search of where Steven Spielberg and crew shot bits of Jaws . “Where’s the beach?” he remembers shouting out.
Boston Movie Tours gets wheels
| August 02, 2006
Joey Burns and John Convertino celebrate 10 years together as Calexico on Garden Ruin by embracing the Southwestern twang that’s always come so naturally to them and also by leaving it in the dust.
Garden Ruin | Quarter Stick
| May 08, 2006
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