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In search of Boston’s worst smell

Take the pretty-vacant Blue Line train — twin rows of hard plastic seats, the digestive groan of the train's wheelwork grinding beneath the pitchy whir of its rectified motor — to Orient Heights.
Our intrepid correspondent travels deep into the bowels of the Deer Island sanitation complex to get a snootful
By TREVOR QUIRK  |  November 30, 2012
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Maine celebrates National Co-op Month

It's the Year of the Dragon (Chinese Zodiac), the Year of the Girl (Girl Scouts of the USA), and, perhaps less well known, the International Year of Cooperatives, according to the United Nations.
Just co-operate!
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 12, 2012
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Photos: 23rd Boston Freedom Rally on the Boston Common

The 23rd Boston Freedom Rally went down at the Common on September 15, 2012.
September 15, 2012
By JEREMIAH ROBINSON  |  September 21, 2012
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My trip to the land of wrinkly dicks

When your job is to visit porn movie sets and report on them, you get used to seeing other guys' dicks pretty quickly.
Naked ambition
By SCOTT FAYNER  |  August 31, 2012
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Photos: 2012 Fisherman's Feast

This year's Fisherman's Feast took over the North End on August 16-19, 2012.  
Cannolis, clams, and a flying virgin
By MELISSA OSTROW  |  August 24, 2012
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Jack Keats and Howard Pyle

Ezra Jack Keats published The Snowy Day in 1962 — around the time Freedom Riders were being beaten for trying to integrate bus travel in the South and James Meredith was being barred from the University of Mississippi.
Well drawn
By GREG COOK  |  August 17, 2012


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48 hours with Maine filmmakers

Over the weekend, you may have encountered people dying on the street, staring longingly into mirrors, being tormented by puppets, or any number of other events not normally occurring in this area, strange and creative though its denizens are.
Embedded Reporting
By DEIRDRE FULTON, JEFF INGLIS, MELISSA NELSON, AND NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  August 10, 2012
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Hilary Mantel's power play

Endings, perhaps more than beginnings, set the tone in historical fiction.
King's Man
By CLEA SIMON  |  May 11, 2012
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I was a teenage Gramlich

I can't say I ever intended from a young age to spend my 18th year mastering Washington Consensus–era monetary policy to recite in stuttering, rote cliché before a panel of mildly curious economic policymakers who filled out the payroll at Alan Greenspa
How I conquered monetary policy, macroeconomics, and the giggles
By JIM NEWELL  |  March 30, 2012
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The Battle of Midway

To understand what happens when a defense contractor moves into an artists' enclave and isn't the strangest thing to happen there, one only need look at the saga of Midway Studios.
Have you heard the one about the artists, the defense contractor, and the landlord they all don’t like?
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 30, 2012
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The quiet side of A Place To Bury Strangers

When you are surrounded with those jagged barbs of sheer bloody noise for the first time, do you run for the hills or continue to stick your head in the acid bath? It only takes a few seconds of luxuriating in the stinging audio hailstorm that is A Plac
Sonic bids
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 30, 2012


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Contemplating the self with Youth Lagoon

Knowing what kind of wall hangings a musician had as a child doesn't always offer clues about his adult personality, but in the case of the Boise-situated creator of hazy pop project Youth Lagoon, Powers's posters provide handy visuals when listening to
Poster child
By REYAN ALI  |  March 30, 2012
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Yoda is in the building

First, the numbers: the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference grew 50 percent from 2011 to 2012, and has now grown 1300 percent from its inception, in 2007, as a roomful of MIT math nerds, to last weekend's 2200-strong blowout at the Hynes Convention Ce
A completely unanalytic guide to the most important sports analytics conference on Earth
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  March 09, 2012
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The Big Hurt: Kid and Mitt, Ja Rule’s Leap Day, Limp Bizkit and Cash Money, Bieberwatch, and more

At the July 2011 launch party for Kid Rock's Born Free album, the New York Post was already asking the tough questions: who would Kid Rock endorse for president?
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 09, 2012
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Give Up the Ghost roar back for a timely reunion

It's tough to maintain unswerving matter-of-factness without boring anybody. But hardcore, at its best, manages exactly that.
Growing up hardcore
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  December 23, 2011
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Dubstep's party crashes the mainstream

And with a single magazine cover, it was written.
Wobble to the top
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  December 23, 2011


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The director of Immortals could be Hollywood's most misunderstood blockbuster auteur

When I first saw the trailer for Immortals, I wondered how Tarsem's newest film would be misinterpreted.
Tarsem revealed
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  December 02, 2011
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Rob Halford gives Judas Priest one last spin

When you talk to a living legend like Rob Halford, it should come as no surprise that you are dealing with a pro; after all, the man not only invented almost all the tropes and conventions of modern heavy metal, but he's been doing it all — show after s
Metal god
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 18, 2011
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Boat people

For around $200 a month, houseboaters get a place to dock — plus electricity, refuse service, and Wi-Fi. There's no security deposit, homeowners' taxes, or assessment fees.
They cover the waterfront
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 19, 2011
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The schizoid stronghold of Iwrestledabearonce

The experts claim irony is dead, but the experts are stupid morons. Irony is an abstract concept. It was never alive, therefore cannot die.
Metal hedge
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  August 05, 2011
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The deCordova thinks about ''murals''

In "Wall Works" at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, curatorial fellow Lexi Lee Sullivan attempts to corral a trend in art today that spans graffiti and interior decoration.
Off the Wall
By GREG COOK  |  July 22, 2011


Kurt Vile plays it straight as he is

Kurt Vile plays it straight(1)

For all the defiant, anguished fists we shake in the general direction of New York and Los Angeles whenever a musician becomes way more famous after they leave Boston, perhaps this city's gypsy-attracting disposition has advantages.
As he is
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  July 08, 2011
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The Big Hurt: Getting serious about Tyler, the Creator

Odd Future's lyrics — particularly those of frontman Tyler, the Creator — aren't for the faint of heart.  
Word games
By DAVID THORPE  |  May 27, 2011
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Plainville, James Farm, and the Infrared Band

When Antoine Batiste is looking for a guitarist, the one thing he doesn't want to hear is "white boys with bad hair playin' them cowboy keys."  
Old and new dreams
By JON GARELICK  |  May 27, 2011

Wannabe Wishlists


 


 

>>Click here for the Wannabe Wishlists slideshow<< 

What to get for the guy who wishes he was in a rock band? How about the girl who wants to be the next Rachel Zoe? We've taken the guesswork out of your holiday shopping by compiling some ideas for what to buy the aspiring jetsetter, fashionista, musician, chef, and domestic diva on your list.

Text by Erin Souza
Illustrations by Kevin Banks

By Erin Souza  |  December 02, 2008


Bumbling into Bubbly: A sparkling feet of imagination

Bumbling into Bubbly: A sparkling feet of imagination


"OH, I CAN'T. It goes right to my head!" And with this phrase, a thousand eager hands (attached to lusting hearts) reach forth, offering yet...
By Thor Iverson  |  February 06, 2008
Fun blonde brings home bi-guy: welcome to the Xciting world of XTube

Fun blonde brings home bi-guy: welcome to the Xciting world of XTube


  I first heard about XTube — YouTube’s naked, well-hung, slutty stepbrother, with even less talent and more ego — weeks ago from a friend,...
By Jeannie Greeley  |  September 07, 2007
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Gamay bear


 THIS ARTICLE isn't supposed to exist until November. It's part of the wine-writer calendar, well-known to anyone who plies the trade: romantic wines in February,...
By Thor Iverson  |  September 07, 2007

How sweet it is


EVERY NOW and then, it's fun to cap off an evening with something - ahem - cool and creamy. Though ice-cream season is almost behind...
By Sara Faith Alterman  |  September 07, 2007