There's nothing that anyone reading this post could've done to prevent
the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Someone (or a group of
someones) with a lot of responsibility fucked up, finger pointing
ensued, and in all actuality, people may be better served saving their
breath. The irrevocable damage has been done and one of the richest
ecosystems on our increasingly faltering planet is now tainted beyond repair
In the 19 months since the 2008 election, our nation's political
landscape has taken quite the dramatic turn. The Democrats have
succumbed to a Wall Street-like plunge in popularity. And in a
bizarro-world scenario, health care has morphed Obama into a grossly
polarizing figure, while Sarah Palin has birthed a "Yes We Can"-style
underdog attack of her own -- successfully stirring the pot during her
recent Tea Party appearance in our very own Common
Ray Kurzweil -- the guy who developed the world's first computer speech recognition programs, among about a billion other things -- has some pretty extraordinary predictions for what technology might soon be able to do for the human body."Like telling your cells they can let a few calories slide here and there."
The email didn't go out of its way to explain itself. ALEC BALDWIN, appearing at the fabled JFK Forum at Harvard University's storied Kennedy School of Government, as a guest of the Institute of Politics. In conversation with no less an interlocutor than New York Times National Editor RICK BERKE (who admitted to staying up late the night before to watch It's Complicated on DVD).
There probably aren’t a ton of high school girls in America
scrawling the word “slut” and “rape” down their arms and across their
stomachs as a proud political statement, or joining all-girl punk bands
in throngs and putting on DIY basement shows. It’s a big stretch to say
that the early-’90s riot grrrl movement, or its cornerstone feminist
ideals, are resurfacing with any force.
Seth Grahame-Smith speaks at the Brattle Theatre
Ever wonder why Honest Abe always wore that tall stovepipe hat?
All the better to conceal his wooden vampire-killing stake, my dear. In
his most recent book, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, critically
acclaimed author Seth Grahame-Smith recounts the "true story" of our
nation's 16th president.
advancement of modern medicine owes a great deal to a sharp pelvic pain
felt by a Southern black woman in 1951. This pang, followed by a
self-examination in a bathtub and a trip to Johns Hopkins, was
ultimately diagnosed as cervical cancer. “I got a knot on my womb,” the
patient had told her doctor, who scraped cells from the tumor for
As DEVAL PATRICK gears up for the fight of his political life, Boston Phoenix Executive Editor PETER KADZIS and political reporter DAVID BERNSTEIN sat down for an hour-long conversation to let Patrick make his case for why he deserves four more years as Governor of Massachusetts.
It was surprising on several levels.
Match made in heaven: JOHN WATERS, he the maker of Pink Flamingos, and RONI HORN, she the maker of such inscrutibly beautiful but maddeningly evasive Objects as Pink Tons.
Even Waters has a hard time getting what Horn is after at first look -- and, as he pointed out last week, that's the damn point. We thank our stars that the ICA BOSTON picked Waters as Horn's interlocutor -- we doubt anyone less flamboyant, off-the-dome amusing, unabashedly curious, and ultimately fearless could have done as impressive a job.
Everyone's familiar with the dreaded palm-to-forehead
feeling you get when a minuscule misstep leads to some larger disaster.
Locked your keys in the car, forgot to feed the fish, didn't properly
set your alarm clock on the day of your big interview. We've all been
there and have faced the shameful realization that if we had just
slowed our roll, these little catastrophes could have been avoided.
As you've no doubt noticed from last week's Oscar announcements, The Hurt Locker's blown up in a big way since its initial release last summer, reaping honors for best director, cinematography, and
editing, all on top of best film of the '09. And, according to its
Academy Award-nominated star, Jeremy Renner, Kathryn Bigelow's
accolade-stealing indie pic owes a great deal of its buzz to the praise
of reviewers nationwide, including our own Boston Society of Film Critics
In a few short hours, we'll all find out whether Rosanne Cash will take home a Grammy for "Sea of Heartbreak," her duet with Bruce Springsteen off The List
(an album inspired by a compilation of essential songs her father,
Johnny Cash, gave to her when she was 18). But you don't have to wait
any time at all to get a behind-the-scenes peek at not only The List,
but also Rosanne's brain itself -- from her actual physical neural
functioning, to her thoughts on Sting's tantric sex practices -- by
listening to our podcast of "Music on My Brain," Cash's tune-filled talk with neuroscientist Daniel Levitin at the Museum of Science a few months ago.
"[P]eople think that I live in this Bavarian castle and sleep upside
down in the fucking rafters, and fly around the gantry every night,"
Ozzy Osbourne told Phoenix editor Lance Gould over the phone a
few days ago. Instead, judging from their little tête-à-tête last week
about Osbourne's latest autobiography, I Am Ozzy (written
with an assist from journalist Chris Ayres), he might have more in
common with Frank McCourt and Monty Python than Count Dracula.
Happy 201st birthday, EAP.
Considering that the man was the original architect of the
detective story -- that'd be The Murders in the Rue Morgue -- it’s only fitting that we celebrate the birthday of Edgar Allan
Poe with a riddle. Which city can rightfully claim the legacy of Poe:
Philadelphia, or Boston?
The Phoenix's DAVID BERNSTEIN will be all over your radio dial today, feeding us the inside dope on the Coakley/Brown race. Follow his updates on the TALKING POLITICS blog, on FACEBOOK, and on TWITTER. This morning, Bernstein chatted about TV campaigns, little old ladies in snow, and predicted that Martha Coakley will squeak out a win in today's Senate race election.