Lisa W. Foderaro's page one story in
today's New York Times, "Private Moment
Made Public, Then a Fatal Jump," demonstrates how society's increasing
reliance on fuzzy, politically correct ways of analyzing current events make
national public discourse if not less intelligent, then certainly more idiotic.
Foderaro's absurd take on the Rutgers student,
whose tragic suicide came three days after the secret webcam recording and
broadcasting of his sexual encounter with a male, is evident in the fourth
graf of her story, where she refers to "the online posting of hurtful
It would be shocking if these two announcements were not intimately related: yesterday, Phoenix contributor Dan Kennedy broke the news that DAVE BEARD is leaving as the editor and "tweeter in chief" of Boston.com. Today the Globe announced that it will be severing BOSTON.COM into two pieces: BostonGlobe.com will put much of the Boston Globe's journalism behind a paywall, while Boston.
Sitting in the middle of a long row at the MFA'S packed Remis Theater for a spotlight event with Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner (as part of the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Celebrity Lectures) reminded me of the first foreign film I saw at a theater. Everyone around me smelled good and was triple my age. And anything slightly amusing was worthy of laughter (in the case of the foreign film, it was nudity; in this case, it was emotion and discomfort.
Welcome to "Meet the Mayor," a segment in which we interview local Foursquare Mayors in their natural habitats.
The Boston Cat HospitalElizabeth
you become mayor of the kitty hospital?We took our cat in for a lot of tests and treatments to
find out what was wrong with her.
Dorchester Reporter noted yesterday, the quadruple homicide at or
near 40 Woolson Street in Mattapan late Monday-early Tuesday occurred
directly next door to the scene of an August 28 shooting that left
one man wounded.
the Phoenix has learned that both of those properties – 40 and 42
Woolson Street, as well as an abutting lot on Wildwood Street – are
owned by relatives of a Boston Police Department (BPD) officer who lives at 40 Woolson.
...this glass. We're willing to bet that anything you drink from this tastes faintly of shame.
There is so much to love about living in New England during the month of October. People flock from all over to take in our breathtaking foliage. Our world-class football team takes to the field every Sunday. And it's all capped off with a holiday where it's not only excusable to dress like an asshole, but it's actually encouraged.
Geek author Ethan Gilsdorf
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Freakonomics Sneak Preview | Screening
with brief lecture by MIT professor Joshua Angrist and Q&A with producer
Chad Troutwine | MIT, Bldg 26-100, Vassar
St, Cambridge |
September 30: 6:30 pm | //lsc.
there any scenario in which a co-sign from a former President can do
more to hurt a candidate than help? Unless his last name happens to
rhyme with ‘mush', the answer would seemingly be no. And if that former
Commander in Chief even goes as far as coming out to show support at a
rally in your backyard? You'd really have to go above and beyond the
call of ineptitude to fuck that up.
As I swallowed my daily afternoon Fox News broadcast along with two slices from my go-to
pizza joint, I got to thinking about the Color of Change-sponsored
Turn Off Fox campaign, which is rallying liberals (and other thinking folks
who oppose hack journalism) to help “reduce Fox's ability to poison
our political conversations and divide our country.
You may or may not know the drill by now: come by this space around 12:30 to discuss the week in television. We're doing it this way (still a bit tentatively) so we'll all have things to talk about after this season of Mad Men wraps in three weeks.
A thought for this week: back during the first season of Mad Men, creator Matthew Weiner was reported to have said something about envisioning the series going only five seasons.
Subcultures spawn defining rituals: fans of Insane Clown
Posse have the Gathering of the Juggalos; practitioners of radical
self-realization congregate at Burning Man; and for the national
journo-politico elite and its legion of camp followers there are the
publication of Bob Woodward's inside-the-Beltway, memo-and-tell, docudramas.
'Tiiiis the season to be gory. It's that time of year again, people, the
time when J. Cannibal emerges from his dark lair of solitude, where
he's spent the summer conjuring up the most vile film specimens the
horror genre has to offer, and hosts a good old-fashioned fright fest.
Last year, he served up tiny, bite-size portions of guts, topped with
deep-fried entrails and served with a spicy side of fear, with "Tapas of
Ain't no knife-wielding, ex-FDNY firefighter gonna scare Madonna. Lady's from (close to) Detroit.Tina Fey too busy, funny for Twitter.Letterman wants check, not apology from failed hoaxster Joaquin Phoenix.Cher leaves Vegas. Vegas distraught, resorts to playing Cher. Strong enough indeed.