Good news! There is finally a reason to live in this economy: the McRib has turned out to be the Jay-Z (or Cher) of sandwiches. McDonald's may have teased us with the McRib Farewell Tours of 2005-06,
but last weekend they announced that as of November 2 (that's only two weeks from today, roughly 335 hours), the
mythical pork product sandwich will come out of retirement
and return to the Golden Arches for a six-week run at 14,000 slop-food
Don Draper's future wife is a vampire!
And with that, we end the fourth season of Mad Men, the best season in my estimation since the first - although I'm sure I said the same thing after the end of season three, also. I've got a longer, spoiler-heavy preamble than usual this week, so those who haven't seen the episode yet may want to head elsewhere for a little bit.
Music Hack Day is the hardest topic that I've ever had to write on. I think my editor and I covered the conference somewhat competently last year, when we noted that none of the five major labels came to Microsoft N.E.R.D. in Cambridge for the first stateside meeting of the greatest minds in music technology.
One thing even more certain than Tea Party bigotry is the fact that the Democratic demographic is a melting pot worthy of a college catalog cover. Outside of today's pres-assisted rally at the Hynes Convention Center, old folks, young cats, black, white, and Jersey-orange Oompa Loompas all congregated for a glimpse of United States Senator John Kerry.
In case you haven't been glued to your laptop all morning, the MIT MEDIA LAB is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an all-world geek-superstar affair over in Cambridge. We missed the morning sessions (those are gonna be archived, right?) but are on our way over to hit the afternoon panels -- where the big guns come out.
Today's New York Times has an
excellent article about how a Maine homeowner - and her volunteer
lawyer, working with Pine Tree Legal Assistance - have exposed the
latest round of bank misdeeds: uninformed, and possibly fraudulent, filings of foreclosure proceedings in courts in Maine and all over the country.
If you want to know how this mess has developed, read this story.
This week in the fishwrap, we've given you 33 REASONS NOT TO MISS THIS YEAR'S BOSTON BOOK FESTIVAL, which takes place all day Saturday. Here's reason #34: free passes to the Festival's only ticketed event -- our rock-authors bash featuring NICK ZINNER (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), DEAN WAREHAM (Luna/Galaxie 500), KRISTIN HERSH (Throwing Muses) and more
Welcome to "Meet the Mayor," a segment in which we interview local Foursquare Mayors in their natural habitats.
South Street Diner John
I see from
how you just rolled up on a motor scooter that you're a bad-ass as well as
mayor of the diner. How's that working out for you?Well, scootering is actually one of the best ways to get
around the city if biking isn't available.
As our city girds itself for the tsunami of book boosterism
that's about to sweep Copley Square this weekend (to refresh your
memory on just how incredible last year's Boston Book Fest was, check out our 2009 podcast archives), it seems like this is the perfect opportunity to wax introspective on one of the greatest novels of all time.
Jill Lepore | The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's
Revolution and the Battle over American History reading | Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge | October 14 @ 7 pm | 617.661.1515 or harvard.com
Tour de Somerville | Ten-mile
bike tour | Seven
Davis Square, Somerville | October 16 @ 10 am | somervillebikes.
Photo: JOHN HOWREY
When you hear that Ryan Landry is starring in a production called Turn of the Screw, your mind immediately thinks dirty things. After all, this is the infamous founder of the flaming Gold Dust Orphans troupe, whose name is synonymous with such carnalized musical skewerings as Phantom of the Oprah, Who's Afraid of the Virgin Mary, and Joan of Arkansas - the likes of which inspired us to hand the Orphans the "Best Titles for Theatrical Productions" award in our 2010 Best issue.
We've got one episode left in this season of Mad Men, and there is still quite a bit to be resolved. We will be here to talk about it around 12:30 (for those of you stuck at work or spending your Columbus Day in front of your laptops) along with the rest of the week in television - it seems to me that the fall season has actually been a bit underwhelming thus far, no?
Virginia, he's your problem now.
Commissioner Harold Clarke, the top administrator of Massachusetts Department of Corrections, has taken a job as the director of Virginia's Department of Corrections.
Last month, the Phoenix published an investigation into one of the Mass DOC's biggest failures: the Old Colony Correctional Facility [OCCC], which has been plagued by suicides, overcrowding, and allegations of human-rights abuses.
By now, pretty much everyone has heard of slash, right? After all, fanfiction about two allegedly straight fictional characters (or celebrity personae) falling in sweaty, homoerotic love is something everyone can enjoy.
And what better grist for the genre than the heated, contentious world of politics? Besides, ever since the Tea Party started cockblocking the midterm elections with their weird, boring antics, the spark is gone; the current races just aren’t making our hearts go pitter-pat they way they usually do.
not sure who spoke at my Boston University graduation five years ago.
Though I can't remember why I skipped the ceremony, my guess is that
it either had to do with my fear of robes or a longstanding suspicion
that commencement speeches are just opportunities for pols and
benefactors to mount bullshit pulpits.