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Coming of age in Education of Charlie Banks
There are schoolyard bullies and there are schoolyard bullies. Likewise, some stories about them rise above the predictable. The title character of The Education of Charlie Banks  isn't even given a noogie — confrontation is not his route to coming of age.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 06, 2009

Mr. Populist?

Populism has many faces . . . but Obama's not one of them
Barack Obama is an inspirational leader, a potential realigner, and a racial trailblazer.
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 25, 2009

Losing a Brown basketball legend

Plus a mad money man, off-color comics, and a Laffey-Chafee gaffe
On the sadness front, while P+J missed our chance to say the sporting old boys hereabouts were grieved to learn of the passing of former Brown basketball star Eddie Morris on March 5.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 11, 2009

Cheer of a black planet

Hip-Hop Worldwide: More Than a Nation conference
It's hip-hop week at Harvard University. And while that statement is far less ironic than it would have been 15 years ago, it's still relatively humorous.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 11, 2009

Crimson tied

A new battle threatens to disrupt the American political landscape, and it's hardly academic
Barack Obama's presidential campaign was successful in part because he was able to cleverly negotiate and navigate the battles that have plagued the United States the last few years.
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 16, 2009

The recording industry vs. free speech

This past week, US District Judge Nancy Gertner granted the industry's request to postpone the trial, originally scheduled to begin January 22, until February 24.
Download of Nonsense

President Obama

The trek ahead
In retrospect, it all seems of a piece: suitably fitting, almost ordained.
By EDITORIAL  |  January 21, 2009

Revenge of the nerds

For the first time since JFK, 'the best and the brightest' are back in the White House. Will Ivy-League intellect be enough to set the country straight?
Barack Obama's new administration has been characterized many ways — as a return to liberalism, a Chicago Mafia, and the harbinger of a new age.
By STEVEN STARK  |  January 21, 2009

One Day you'll learn

Second Courses
College students are told relentlessly to enjoy their time in school.
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  November 14, 2008

Wacko patrol: America's 25 scariest conservatives

The Phoenix ranks the individuals who will hold the most sway over the right-wing message machine in 2009, and beyond.
Imagine what will happen once the relatively sane folks now running the White House and the Republican National Committee pack up and go home?  
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 03, 2008

Back Beat

At last, Kerouac and Burroughs's co-authored noir novel, And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks, resurfaces.
On a Sunday afternoon in December of 1997 I hooked up with the poet Jim McCrary at a Greenwich Village saloon.  
By GEORGE KIMBALL  |  October 24, 2008

Morning Light

A curio of a documentary
If it weren’t for the ritzy camera work and the trumped-up soundtrack orchestrated by directors Paul Crowder and Mark Monroe, this tub would be dead in the water.  
By TOM MEEK  |  October 15, 2008

Blown up

Shoney Lamar proves there’s life after Florida
Lamar’s voice both ravages and exults in the past 10 years of the Pained Male Pop Singer.  
By MATT PARISH  |  October 08, 2008

Smoke screens

Does a surge of stoner movies mean America is going to pot?
What does it say about America that marijuana movies are a hot genre right now, perhaps hotter even than in the heyday of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s 1978 Up in Smoke ?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 18, 2008

Baby mama drama

Diverse city
I’ve been working to kick my heavy diet of mainstream media programming.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  June 25, 2008

Nowhere to hide

College gossip blogs exposed
Google-fucked. That’s what you are when a potential employer searches your name and discovers that you — you of the 4.0 GPA, you of the charity work — are also the sluttiest person on campus.
By KARA BASKIN  |  April 25, 2008

Pimp and circumstance

Wu-Tang Clan at Harvard University "Yardfest," April 18, 2008
Some 45 minutes into the Wu-Tang Clan’s afternoon performance in Harvard Yard, Raekwon took a moment to describe his audience.
By RICHARD BECK  |  April 22, 2008

Local culler

Paul Sherman’s Big Screen Boston
For peddling some not-for-sale DVDs to a dubious Internet customer, local critic Paul Sherman found himself in the middle of an FBI sting, removed from his reviewing posts at the Boston Herald and the Improper Bostonian , and under voluntary house arrest.
By GERALD PEARY  |  April 22, 2008

Dartmouth's right is wrong

A bad Review of some campus elitists
This article originally appeared in the April 15, 1988 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
By SEAN FLYNN  |  April 18, 2008

Hittin’ trees in the deep blue sea

Spend a Portland Afternoon with Bob McKillop
There are jokes to be made about playing for people who are a pint down, hooked to an IV, and woozy, but I’ll let you make them.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 16, 2008

More police, less Harvard

Freedom watch
The Harvard Crimson reported this week the arrest of two non-student demonstrators at a student-organized protest in front of Holyoke Center.
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  April 16, 2008

The player

Trying to find some meaning in ace biz-boy columnist Steve Bailey’s move to London
The exit of Boston Globe business columnist Steve Bailey this past week to take a post in London as a general-interest news editor with Bloomberg signifies the exhaustion of a tradition.
By PETER KADZIS  |  April 02, 2008

Publish and Perish?

Blogging Harvard courses could revolutionize open education — if its contributors aren’t expelled first
Professor Tal Ben-Shahar is a resident rock-star lecturer on Harvard’s campus.
By SHARON STEEL  |  February 28, 2008

A one-stop guide to RI’s delegates and superdelegates

Get a load of how the Democratic Party selects its presidential nominee — and how Rhode Island fits into this process.
By MATT JERZYK  |  February 27, 2008

The kids in the hall

Teen pregnancies are up. Can on-campus student-parent services be far behind?
Someone is going to get pregnant.
By KARA BASKIN  |  January 22, 2008

Not-so-instant karma

After decades of curses and calamities, Boston’s sports fortunes are at an unprecedented high. So can we stop the whining?
No matter what happens over their next two games, the Patriots will not have gone undefeated in 2007.
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 19, 2007

Not so sentimental Education

Fred Durst gets passing grades with Charlie Banks
The Education of Charlie Banks can prove an education for the close-minded critic.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 09, 2007

Dashboard Confessional: The Shade of the Poison Trees

The people want their wimp back; he’ll meet them halfway.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  October 08, 2007

The kids are not all right

The authors of Restless Virgins talk about the underbelly of teen culture at Milton Academy
If you lived in Massachusetts you heard about it.
By JENNY HALPER  |  August 31, 2007

When Rupert came to Boston

Revisiting the lessons of Murdoch’s Herald
Just how badly will Rupert Murdoch screw up the Wall Street Journal ?
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 08, 2007

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