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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 road not taken

Shooting Star , by Steven Deitz, got its title from a Bob Dylan lyric that speaks of poignant regret.
 A brief encounter in Trinity’s Shooting Star
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 30, 2009
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Lindy city

Guys just start dancing, and gals — no matter how many women's-studies classes they took in college — have to counter with appropriate reflexes.
It takes two to tango, but apparently only one to lead a good Lindy Hop
By CHRIS FARAONE AND SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  November 05, 2008

Ideas and optimism, plus more reports!

Last Friday, at the annual GrowSmart summit held at the Augusta Civic Center, more than 500 people checked in on Maine’s progress.  
Grow smarter
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 16, 2008
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Repression illustrated

Graphic novels are an acquired taste.
People’s history in graphic format
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  July 01, 2008
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Eating bugs can help a troubled planet

So why the Western taboo?
Yum!
By JESSICA KERRY  |  October 31, 2007


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Ouch!

Things haven’t been going well as of late for Needham-based chronic-pain specialist Dr. Joseph Zolot.
The DEA’s bad-faith war on pain doctors
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  September 26, 2007
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Why the Imus cave-in is bad for free speech, radio, and the whole society

I was never a fan of Don Imus.
Freedom watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  April 19, 2007
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Exchange student challenges the high cost of textbooks

When he encounters an injustice — no matter how small — Dustin “Dusty” Pfundheller takes action. Pfundheller, 20, arrived at Rhode Island College this fall on an exchange program from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls.
Straight outta Wisconsin
By ERICA SAGRANS  |  December 29, 2006
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Hot box

Remember that South Park episode where Cartman froze himself for 600 years so he wouldn’t have to wait for the release of the new version of Nintendo Wii?
Sports blotter: "It's in the game" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 06, 2006
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The Summers putsch goes awry

The Harvard presidential putsch, engineered by a minority faction of the Arts and Sciences faculty, may yet fail to accomplish the second half of its goal: to determine Lawrence Summers’s replacement.
Freedom watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 16, 2006


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Higher calling

There’s one word that Philip Altbach really wants you to understand: massification .
Boston College’s Philip Altbach offers five ways to keep Massachusetts on top in higher education
By RICCO VILLANUEVA SIASOCO  |  January 25, 2006
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Class act

With Boston bursting at the seams with colleges and conservatories, music knowledge can get you quite far in this town.
Wayne brings his wax to school; a VFW house party
By DAVID DAY  |  January 23, 2006

Worthy Cause


Live Fast, Die Young celebrates Rebel’s 50th
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