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About Peter Keough

Peter Keough has been the Film Editor at the Boston Phoenix since 1989 and has become a familiar figure at the office for his endearing habit of coming to work in pajamas and pestering people for soup. He describes his position as “the best deal a guy like me could get, being a tick on the butt of the entertainment industry.” He is a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics and The National Society of Film Critics and both organizations regret including him because of his tendency to stuff his pockets with free food from the lunch table during meetings. As a member of FIPRESCI, the International Society of Film Critics, he’s been able to score free trips to Thessaloniki, Istanbul, Sydney, Turin, Stockholm, Amsterdam, London and many other places. In his long tenure at The Phoenix he has reviewed thousands of movies, though he admittedly often confuses many of the recent ones with X-rated features he snuck into as a teenager in the late 60s. Despite his busy schedule he found time to edit the book Flesh and Blood: The National Society of Film Critics on Sex, Violence and Censorship, published by Mercury House Press in 1995. Critics raved, declaring it “a book with a long title” and “full of amusing typos, factual errors and misspellings.” It sold over seventeen copies, most to now estranged family members and friends.