The Boston political universe has a brand new slogan: The cutest candidate with the shortest rap sheet always (or at least sometimes) wins. And you think you’re surprised.Despite some optimistic status assessments in the past few weeks, Sonia Chang-Diaz supporters didn’t show at last night’s post-primary jam arrogantly riddled.
Of the many things we've read about David Foster Wallace in the days following his shocking, sad death, this post on Vulture probably go the biggest reaction - it seems that before he died, Wallace may have been working with filmmaker Sam Jones on adapting Infinite Jest.
There had always been rumors of an eventual film adaptation of Wallace's sprawling, inventive novel/samizdat, but we tended to dismiss them out of hand - how would such a thing work? What would they cut? How would they deal with, among other things, Mario Incandenza? The only way we could see it happening would be as an HBO miniseries.
I called Sonia Chang-Diaz’s Campaign Manager Deborah Shah yesterday to ask if her soldiers were pulling a traditional java-driven all-nighter before today’s primary, in which her candidate is challenging State Senator Dianne Wilkerson for her Second Suffolk Senate District seat. My plan was to surprise them at 4am, when volunteers and even candidates tend to say the darndest things.
I delved into Ariel Levy’s lengthy New Yorker profile of Cindy McCain with the belief that I would emerge feeling much like I do after watching most romantic comedies aimed at female audiences: vaguely annoyed, not particularly moved, and bored and frustrated with the predictability of it all. After all, I’ve heard Ms.
There are literary heroes, and he was one. On Friday, David Foster Wallace hung himself. He was 46 years old.
From the archives:
5 years ago
September 12, 2003 | In announcing his campaign for the governorship of California, Phoenix writer Steve Almond outlined the issues he planned to run on.
"Southern California secession. Anyone who’s lived in California knows that SoCal is fundamentally another state.
This is all just viral marketing for the Watchmen movie.
A popular story for the last few months on both the internet and in the mainstream media has been the Large Hadron Collider (pictured.) And by now, we get it: it's a big particle smasher, scientists think it can recreate the Big Bang, but there's an almost nonexistant chance that it can create a black hole that would eventually destroy the Earth.
I love music, know a lot about it, seldom write about it, but I'm inspired my good-buddy Darien Brahms (self-styled Tomboy Fatale) up in Portland, Maine who releases her fourth solo CD (appropriately titled Number Four) on Saturday, September 6, at that city's SPACE Gallery.
Darien's done a lot of things: musically those include jazz, country, folk, rock, and protest.
The lighter side .
. .The Boston Globe
earlier this week quoted an Alaskan resident who announced that, among
her many other accomplishments, Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah
Palin had once been named Princess of the Fur Rendezvous, which we can only guess means she
had the honor of clubbing the first baby seal of the season.
"Ray, when someone asks you if you are a God, you say yes!"
Variety is reporting that Columbia Pictures has commissioned a script for a third Ghostbusters film, one they intend will reunite the cast of the original films.
This has been a long-rumored possibility. There was a video game originally slated for release this fall which featured voice work from Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson.
Four women from Harvard Book Store stood at the back of the Brattle Theater last night, before the crowds arrived, giggling. “I have the biggest literary crush on him,” said one, referring to the evening’s reader — MIT professor, Boston Review fiction editor, Pulitzer Prize-winner — Junot Díaz, a man, it appeared from listening to the women’s chatter, with many charms.
Microsoft declared this past August "Xbox Live Arcade August," and used the month, usually the slowest time for gaming, to release four top-shelf original game. Two of those games were reviewed by the Phoenix: Geometry Wars 2 and Braid. Not surprisingly, those are both among our best-reviewed titles of the year.
Live from St. Paul, here's Rage Against the Machine, who apparently were not allowed to perform as planned due to a snafu involving curfews and permits (a little too conveniently, some have suggested.) So instead they did it a capella:
We didn't receive a copy of the pilot of the CW's re-boot of 90210. In fact, as you may have heard, not one press outlet has received copies. It's tempting to see this as the television equivalent of a film not being screened for critics - the show must be so mind-bogglingly terrible that the CW wants to stave off bad press until after viewers have been able to see the show for themselves.