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Book bag for the dog days

Planning to be lazy and let it all go this summer? Sorry, there are too many good books to read. From Allegra Goodman's The Cookbook Collector to Richard Rhodes's The Twilight of the Bombs and Jean Valentine's Break the Glass , you'll find tomes gal
Load up your Goodman, Gordimer, Franzen, Moody, and more
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  June 18, 2010
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Freaks, Geeks, and Faux Bono

As Bay Staters, we recognize that our European ancestors sure knew how to roll: scarlet letters, sticks up asses, if-she-drowns-she's-not-a-witch-if-she-floats-she's-a-witch-so-let's-kill-her legal applications.
Boston-area subcultures keep the Bay State comfortably kooky this summer
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  June 18, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Enduring the Billboard ‘Active’ chart

If you're not in the radio business, you might not know the term "Active Rock." It's not a genre, thank Heaven, but a radio format — the worst radio format.
Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 04, 2010
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Twisted sister

Wow. An explosive performance could be anticipated, since Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the story of an anguished life transformation.
Perishable’s knockout Hedwig and the Angry Inch
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 23, 2010
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Review: The Sun

No sun is in sight in the beginning of Aleksandr Sokurov’s look at the last days of divinity for Emperor Hirohito.
The shades close for  Emperor Hirohito
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 26, 2010
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Heart of gold

How can someone make so many movies for so long and still be such a nice guy? Once again, the Coolidge Corner Theatre is giving its Coolidge Award to a filmmaker who genuinely deserves the recognition. Hollywood seldom turns out anyone as good-nature
Jonathan Demme wins the Coolidge Award
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 26, 2010


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Flynn-terrogation

In his powerful new memoir, The Ticking Is the Bomb (W.W. Norton), Scituate native Nick Flynn recounts a conversation he had with a man in Turkey.
Obsessed with the wrongs of Abu Ghraib, local author Nick Flynn traveled across the globe to meet its victims
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 15, 2010
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GI blues

"I think to an extent all soldiers come back with PTSD. If you do what we do and see what we see, if you're not affected in a deep way, then that's a problem."
A former Army medic tells his story
By CLEA SIMON  |  December 04, 2009

C.J. Chivers's real journalism

Phillipe and Jorge were absolutely stunned by the astounding and chilling story on the front page of the April 20 Urinal
Plus, it's time for same-sex marriage, the PPL on the brink, and some unusual tomes
By PHILLIPE and JORGE  |  April 24, 2009

Alive and well

The seventh annual Independent Film Festival of Boston
The seventh annual Independent Film Festival of Boston
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Review: In The Loop

Six years ago, Armando Iannucci's slick and merciless satire might have drawn more blood, but even now it blows away the recent competition with its sharp, sardonic dialogue and uncompromising cynicism.
A  Doctor Strangelove for the Iraq War
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 17, 2009


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AIC crosses cultural divide

Dina Abkairova is a Muslim whose high heels and long flowing hair reveal her secular preference.
Fun with Islam
By PETER PIATETSKY  |  March 18, 2009

Culture wars

IN A CONTROVERSIAL PROGRAM, THE US ARMY IS USING ANTHROPOLOGISTS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN TO BRIDGE CULTURAL DIVIDES AND LIMIT AMERICAN CASUALTIES. BUT IS THE DATA THEY COLLECT USED TO TARGET AND KILL FOREIGNERS?
IN A CONTROVERSIAL PROGRAM, THE US ARMY IS USING ANTHROPOLOGISTS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN TO BRIDGE CULTURAL DIVIDES AND LIMIT AMERICAN CASUALTIES. BUT IS THE DATA THEY COLLECT USED TO TARGET AND KILL FOREIGNERS?
By PETER PIATETSKY  |  March 11, 2009
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Soldiers committing suicide

On July 22, 2004, unable to handle the intensity anymore — the daily vomiting, the feeling that he was a murderer — Lucey wrapped a garden hose around his neck and hanged himself.
US troops are killing themselves in record numbers
By JASON NOTTE  |  March 11, 2009

We could be heroes . . .

With all due respect to David Bowie's lyrics — and certainly to all the men and women in the military at all levels — the concept of "hero" as it pertains to the media's use of the term has sadly become overblown.
Superlative sobriquet overused as blanket term for all military members
By PHILLIPPE AND JORGE  |  February 11, 2009
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Review: Lark and Termite

"Language Immersion" is the name of a program set up by the US Army in Korea just prior to the North's invasion of the South.
Total immersion
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 26, 2009


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White album

The best of the work on view in "Duane Slick and Critical Distance," at Rhode Island College's Bannister Gallery (600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence, through January 8), is what you might call painters' paintings.
Duane Slick's minimalist meditations
By GREG COOK  |  December 29, 2008

Here come the bugs

I'm not one of those people who assumes that just because somebody casually mentions they're thinking about running for governor of Maine in 2010, that they should be restrained, subjected to electro-shock therapy, and deported to someplace where they c
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 19, 2008
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In harm's way

Most of the job-related fears that keep journalists up at night are relatively mundane, but on rare occasions, a more ominous scenario presents itself.
The tragedy of Rakan Hassan and the impossibility of a Hippocratic Oath for journalists
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 06, 2008
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Bigger! Better!!

This year the festival will host 58 world premieres and 41 North American premieres.
The 12th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 30, 2008
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Frill rides

Looking back on a time when action sequences unfolded without the currently fashionable veil of rapid editing and CGI.
Getting an Indy history lesson on DVD
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 22, 2008


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Local heroes 2008

In this, the eleventh annual edition of the Providence Phoenix’s “Best” issue, we highlight people and organizations who are doing exceptionally good work.
Ramon Martinez, Bill Harley, Ren Whitaker, and Bob Fusaro
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 17, 2008
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Body of War

Tomas Young volunteered for the US Army right after 9/11, hoping to be sent to Afghanistan and chase down Osama bin Laden.
Poetic Americana
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 09, 2008
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The outsiders

Just a few months ago, the story-line of Maine’s 2008 US Senate race seemed inevitable.
None of Maine’s indy candidates can win a seat in the US Senate, but they will have a say in who does
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 05, 2008
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Who killed Edward Okeny?

When members of Portland’s Sudanese community gathered at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on November 16 to lay to rest 26-year-old Edward Okeny, the church was filled with more than just their collective grief.
Portland police ignore a stone-cold mystery
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  December 05, 2007
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The anti-Ozu

You can draw the time line of the Japanese new wave in scores of different ways.
Shohei Imamura at the HFA
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  November 27, 2007


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Dragon Wars: D-War

I’ll take weird, surprising crap over slick any day.
Monumental clunk
By CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  September 19, 2007

Crossword: 'Ghost of a chance'


What's the common link?
By MATT JONES  |  May 23, 2007
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Candyland

“Hey! Do you like fake violence? Do you think you might like real violence even more? Good! Here’s a .50-caliber machine gun and some money for college.”
The US Army wants you . . . to take on-screen violence seriously
By BEN RICHARDSON  |  May 02, 2007
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Return of the Bud-I

We guarantee that you will be entertained.
Cherry Arnold’s Buddy hits the big screens
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 25, 2007