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Young and not so old

Noah Preminger is 25 years old. But close your eyes when he's playing - or talking - and you might think you're hearing a gruff jazz sage with 40 years on the road.
Noah Preminger is effin great; plus, dynamic duos live
By JON GARELICK  |  February 18, 2011

Before the concert at Symphony Hall

You smell that?
By KARL STEVENS  |  August 27, 2010

Plain talk

Jesse Sheidlower, an editor-at-large of the Oxford English Dictionary , an expert in slang, and the author of The F-Word , can't stop talking about fuck.
Jesse Sheidlower gives the f-word its due
By JUSTINE ELIAS  |  September 18, 2009

The worst word

Then it happens: you look up at the TV screen and see Bono, the lead singer of U2, step up to the podium to accept a statuette for recording the Best Alternative Music album. "We shall continue to abuse our position," he says, "and fuck up the mainstrea
How F**K became our top taboo term -- and why we need it to stay that way
By TIMOTHY GOWER  |  April 03, 2009

Newspapers censor Bono’s ‘fucking’ gaffe

Why does our ostensibly “free” press insist on acting like prudes or cowards when reporting stories for which it’s vital that readers learn someone said “fuck” rather than an undefined “expletive”?
The FCC’s ‘broadcast indecency’ rules: Still, well, bullshit
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 12, 2008


Steve Anderson’s freewheeling but pointed investigation of the perennially popular deleted expletive boasts a convincing cast of experts, among them Hunter S. Thomson, Pat Boone, Sam Donaldson, and Alan Keyes. Watch the trailer for Fuck
Not for children
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 06, 2006