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Author sees poetry and prose through the trees

The plan was simple, if nerdy: New York novelist and English teacher Richard Horan would visit the historic sites and childhood homes of famous authors (along with some notable historical and cultural figures).
Planting Seeds
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 13, 2011

Lonely Avenue Gets Burnt


I was pretty thrilled when this week's installment of excellent NPR rock and roll talk show Sound Opinions (not syndicated on WBUR for whatever reason, but available via...
By Eugenia Williamson  |  October 21, 2010
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Cinema paradisos

Here's the dilemma: you love movies, but you also love the idea of taking a vacation to one of the many inviting resorts that New England has to offer — the beaches of Cape Cod or the Islands, picturesque towns in Maine or Rhode Island, or even the cultu
As Hollywood's summer fare goes cold, local film festivals heat up
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 18, 2010

Hope against Hollywood

Mr. Keough’s “Is There Any ‘Hope’ in Hollywood” article makes my own point. Precious , The Blind Side , and The Princess and the Frog were strategically released to detract from the positive image of President Barack Obama.
Letters to the Boston editor, March 26, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 26, 2010
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Excerpt: Patti Smith's Just Kids

The stars were lining up to enter the Ziegfeld Theatre for the glittering premiere of the film Ladies & Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones. I was excited to be there.
Rock icon Patti Smith recalls burroughs and Mapplethorpe, the early days of CBGB, and saddling up for Horses in this memoir excerpt .
By PATTI SMITH  |  March 05, 2010
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The Harvard Psychedelic Club

Timothy Leary brought the bowl of mushrooms up to his nose and sniffed.
How Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil killed the fifties and ushered in a new age for America
By DON LATTIN  |  January 15, 2010


Alive and well

The seventh annual Independent Film Festival of Boston
The seventh annual Independent Film Festival of Boston
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Review: Pontypool

Bruce McDonald's ambitious shaggy-dog story combining elements of Talk Radio , William Burroughs, and Night of the Living Dead succeeds about as well as could be expected.
Bruce McDonald deserves some credit for trying
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 17, 2009
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Year in pictures


Imagery 2008
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 24, 2008
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Patti Smith: Dream of Life

This collage of a documentary emanates from an 11-year collaboration between punk poet/rocker Patti Smith and her filmmaker friend Steven Sebring.
An intimate, affectionate, non-linear visit
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 25, 2008
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Beating a dead horse

I got home about 3:45 after eating breakfast at Riker’s on the corner of Christopher Street and Seventh Avenue  
An excerpt from And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks
By JACK KEROUAC AND WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS  |  October 22, 2008


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Back Beat

On a Sunday afternoon in December of 1997 I hooked up with the poet Jim McCrary at a Greenwich Village saloon.  
At last, Kerouac and Burroughs's co-authored noir novel, And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks , resurfaces
By GEORGE KIMBALL  |  October 22, 2008
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Winners and sinners

Ah, fall, when Nobel Prize winners are announced — and, now, when past winners turn up with more good reading.
Barth, Bolaño, Roth, Morrison, and more
By BARBARA HOFFERT  |  September 08, 2008
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War stories

“We will be fighting for forty years.” Reading those words at the end of Norman Mailer’s 1968 Miami and the Siege of Chicago , you can’t help but feel a chill.
Mailer on the ’68 conventions
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 19, 2008
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Tricky Dick

The Philip K. Dick phenomenon might be petering out.
Philip K. Dick's second Library of America volume
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 28, 2008
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The medium is the movie

In almost every movie you go to these days you’ll see another screen — a television, a computer, even another movie screen — within the screen you’re watching.
In new films, truth is fluid — and controlled by the click of a button
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2008


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Beyond illbient

When I get DJ Spooky on the phone a week ago Tuesday, he’s fresh home in New York City from Antarctica.
DJ Spooky goes global
By JON GARELICK  |  January 14, 2008
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Well hung

Gus Van Sant’s arresting first feature, the 1985 Mala Noche , was a raw, libidinous tale of homosexual desire.
Mala Noche and Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 13, 2007
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New rave

The newest act to come buzzing from the UK is a trio of educated lads whose intelligently obtuse pop is warming hearts, minds, and dance floors.
Klaxons bring their new brand of Britpop to Boston
By DAVID DAY  |  April 09, 2007
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Challenging the print

Lewiston-born painter, printer, and real-estate developer Charlie Hewitt left Maine to live in New York for many years.
A conversation with Charlie Hewitt
By IAN PAIGE  |  February 28, 2007
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Groundbreakers

As the Huntington Theatre Company mounts Radio Golf , the ghost in the rafters is that of Wilson, who died last October at 60, soon after completing this final piece of his grand project chronicling decade by decade the African-American experience of t
Radio Golf ; bobrauschenbergamerica ; I Am My Own Wife
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 20, 2006


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Alchemical ascendancy

Maynard James Keenan, to borrow an observation made about the young William Burroughs, has the face of a sheep-killing dog — taut, starved, bleakly symmetrical, with an underhang of menace.
Into the heart of Tool’s darkness
By JAMES PARKER  |  May 17, 2006
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On the Racks: May 9, 2006

Plus new albums by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Grandaddy, and Snow Patrol.
Art Brut’s Bang Bang and Matmos’s brutish art
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 09, 2006
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How to speak Yiddish

In 1962, the American Jewish Congress released Invitation to Yiddish , a double-LP speak-along-with-the-record instructional course designed as a beginner’s introduction to Yiddish.
From the Talmud to  tukhes  and back  
By JOSH KUN  |  April 28, 2006
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Family and fate

Series creator David Chase could easily have ended The Sopranos last year, in the fifth season.
The Sopranos finds the Tao
By JON GARELICK  |  March 10, 2006
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Steely man

For a rock band who wrote songs about prostitutes, Eastern gurus, pedophilia, heroin, niece lust, Charlie Parker, and a post-apocalyptic world, Steely Dan have always had something akin to the last laugh.
Donald Fagen takes a solo shot
By KEN MICALLEF  |  March 09, 2006


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Dimensions of depth

WORKNOT. Who doesn’t like the sound of that, apart from feudal lords and corporate management?
Artists expand their SPACE
By IAN PAIGE  |  January 18, 2006