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Interview: Carl Hiaasen

Rounding up the usual suspects
Novelist Carl Hiaasen likes to create scenarios where very bad and tremendously satisfying things happen to despicable people: crooked politicians, real-estate scammers, environment despoilers, greedy bastards of all stripes.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  July 22, 2010


After images

Karen Finley does Jackie
Karen Finley won’t be naked, or covered in chocolate. Candied yams will not be involved. If there are neighborhood morality-watch squads in Salem, they’ll have the night off.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  May 28, 2010


Interview: Sarah Silverman

Staying dry
Recently, “Sarah” — the character played by Sarah Silverman on Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program — was upset because in today’s world it just wasn’t safe anymore for children to get into strangers’ vans.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 23, 2010


Tattoo you

Dr. Lakra loves the ink
Dr. Lakra is no more a real doctor than is Dr. Dre or Dr. Demento. The 38-year-old Mexican tattoo artist’s real name is Jerónimo López Ramírez. As for “lakra,” it means “delinquent.” Or so I thought.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 06, 2010


Interview: Damon Wayans

Getting silly again
"Right now, my intent is not to offend. I just want to laugh. I want to suspend reality."
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 16, 2010


Interview: Eddie Izzard

Dressing as he pleases
"I don't mind that mainstream people go, 'What the hell is this guy on about?' I'd rather be at this end of town."
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  January 06, 2010


Scratch and Whiff

A non-junkie lottery player comes to grips with cardboard crack
I have 53 fully scratched (and completely worthless) Billion Dollar Bonanza scratch tickets sitting in my desk drawer. Each cost $20.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  July 17, 2009


Interview: Keith Lockhart

America's bandleader prepares for another Fourth
"There's always some set of events, positive or negative, that color the lens that people see the Fourth of July through."
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  July 06, 2009


Interview: Kathy Griffin

D Girl
"I think Ryan Seacrest and Oprah will finally be together, and it will be like one of those great '70s cover-up movies and I'm playing the body."
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  June 11, 2009


Interview: Roberto Benigni

TuttoDante, Benigni's one-man show
"Dante is talking to everybody, not just in the Middle Ages."
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  June 03, 2009


Interview: Duncan Sheik

Broadway boy
Duncan Sheik hit the Top 20 in 1996 with “Barely Breathing,” a moody, catchy song from his homonymous debut album.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 22, 2009


Interview: Dame Edna

Edna sounds off
"People like the fact that I'm not needy. I think it's a very unappealing thing in the theater."
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  April 08, 2009


Interview: Ken Casey of Dropkick Murphys

Shipping up to Lansdowne Street again
"I think I would have thrown a little more venom behind the lyrics [of The Meanest of Times ] if I'd known it was gonna get this bad."
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  March 16, 2009


Jeanne Connolly, 1957-2009

Beloved, Bar None
Jeanne Connolly, who died Monday after a 16-month battle with colon cancer, was the ebullient presence behind the bar at T.T. the Bear's Place for more than two decades.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 19, 2009


Open House

After more than a year of construction and relative quiet, the Lansdowne Street music scene is about to be reborn
I put on the obligatory hard hat and walk through the doors of what used to be Avalon on Lansdowne Street, across from Fenway Park. To the layman — me — it's all dust, noise, metal, and mess.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 06, 2009


Interview: Stacy Keach

Sympathy for the Devil
"He was Satan personified," says Stacy Keach, who has signed on to play our second-worst commander in chief in the national tour of Frost/Nixon.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  January 22, 2009


Interview: The Damned's Captain Sensible

The Damned carry on
"School teachers and lawyers come along to see the Damned. . .and they want to see really bad behavior."
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  March 03, 2009


The oracle of Somerville

Ask Johnny
Johnny Monsarrat is a self-styled answer man.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 23, 2008


Interview: Judy Gold

"Mommy queerest" sounds off
She stands 6' 3", and she's Jewish, a lesbian, and the mother of two boys.
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 19, 2008


Visions of Sugar Dish

The Nutcracker meets burlesque
Vanessa White, stage-name Sugar Dish, was lying on her couch this past spring, watching the Joffrey Ballet on TV, when "it just popped into my brain. The name came first."
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 12, 2008
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