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SLIDESHOW: Photos from ''Elsa's Housebook: A Woman's Photojournal''

Photos from Elsa Dorfman's 1974 book, featuring portraits of Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, and Elsa herself.
By ELSA DORFMAN  |  October 24, 2012

Notes from the New York Underground

All Phoebe, all the time; "An Orgy of Corporate Gluttony" at the ProJo
When I last saw Ms. Phoebe Legere, she was smiling and waving goodbye from the backstage area of the Met, where she'd opened for my band the Young Adults.
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  June 08, 2011

Review: Williams S. Burroughs: A Man Within

Prime footage
Fairly disorganized in the telling and rather impersonally told by filmmaker Yony Leyser, this documentary biography of the stone-faced Beat author of The Naked Lunch is still worth seeing.
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 02, 2011

Review: Howl

More of a whimper, really
This meditation from documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman on what might be America's most famous poem succeeds more as a glimpse into a great artist's creative process than as a movie, though give it credit for ambition.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 28, 2010

A world of cinema

Young filmmakers shine at this year's Maine International Film Festival
The 13th Maine International Film Festival begins in Waterville next Friday, and along with the usual unusual array of (political, music, and eco-)documentaries, Amerindies, classic and foreign films, and a special night at the drive-in, MIFF has a couple new tricks up its sleeve.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 01, 2010

Cinema paradisos

As Hollywood's summer fare goes cold, local film festivals heat up
Here's the dilemma: you love movies, but you also love the idea of taking a vacation to one of the many inviting resorts that New England has to offer — the beaches of Cape Cod or the Islands, picturesque towns in Maine or Rhode Island, or even the cultural and historical enclaves of Boston itself.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 16, 2010

Endless inquiry

Ghostly shapes and images at 37-A Gallery
Mikael Kennedy’s portraits of his maunderings through the American landscape harness a transcendental concurrence of vastness and intimacy.
By ANNIE LARMON  |  June 09, 2010

Crossword: Not so full of it, are we?

Seriously, cut it out
Seriously, cut it out
By MATT JONES  |  May 19, 2010


Tim Rushton bring existential relevance to town
Choreographer Tim Rushton makes unusual, high-powered dance movement and blends it with slick but modest theatrical appurtenances, sound scores that claim your attention, and important program notes.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 04, 2010

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Making change

John Sinclair vs. ‘the dictates of conventional society’
John Sinclair’s poem “Ask Me Now” leaves little question about the poet’s values.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 21, 2010

The Harvard Psychedelic Club

How Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil killed the fifties and ushered in a new age for America
Timothy Leary brought the bowl of mushrooms up to his nose and sniffed.
By DON LATTIN  |  January 19, 2010

Dancing with himself

Arthur Russell's posthumous renaissance
Arthur Russell's music does little to illuminate the mysteries and vagaries of his life. It simply tosses them aside, in pursuit of moods and rhythms few have successfully replicated, two decades later.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 22, 2009

Arresting Shepard Fairey

It's about small minds, revenge, and embarrassing the mayor
A cynic might argue that anything that publicizes art is a good thing. Art, after all, challenges how you think — provokes thoughts, insights, emotions that otherwise might not be stirred. It also can amuse and entertain.
By EDITORIAL  |  February 12, 2009


Tracing Ogre’s trajectory
Skinny Puppy's Nivek Ogre has made the rounds for the better part of this decade as ohGr, with a more cut-and-paste approach to the electric misanthropy his old band pioneered.
By MATT PARISH  |  December 05, 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

A history of violence

Ron Pownall’s photos of the ’68 Democratic Convention
It was August 28, 1968, and Ron Pownall could feel the storm brewing as he arrived at a Vietnam War protest during the Democratic Convention in Chicago.
By GREG COOK  |  August 26, 2008

Our superheroes, ourselves

What the current crop of comic-book action movies tells us about America's identity crisis
Is there a breed of person more tenderly optimistic, more winsomely hopeful for the best, more loyal to the possibility of good, than the American summer moviegoer?
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 09, 2008

The ultimate balancing act

An extraordinary documentary opens the 2008 Maine International Film Festival
About 100 films deep, MIFF ’08 has intriguing offerings for cineastes of all stripes. Here’s a slice of what to look out for.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 09, 2008

Sweet fallout

Philip Whalen’s word bombs
Philip Whalen (1923–2002) is a great American poet.
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  January 14, 2008

In search of Kerouac

‘Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?’ . . . Lowell?!
Ashare drops me off, frantic Matt Ashare from my paper, swilling coffee in a ceramic mug at the wheel of his sulky-blue Saturn Ion and ranting about dogfighting.
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 29, 2007

When worlds collide

The Collision Collective at AXIOM, Stencils at NESAD, and Alice Neel on film
We humans are quick to anthropomorphize the non-human.
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 07, 2007

Type Radio

Free extended MP3 mixes
The UK label Type Records specializes in avant-garde music with a soft, lyrical touch.
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  July 30, 2007

Well hung

Mala Noche and Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman
Gus Van Sant’s arresting first feature, the 1985 Mala Noche , was a raw, libidinous tale of homosexual desire.
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 13, 2007

Let ’em sing!

A year in jazz
Here, in no particular order, are some my favorite things from among the people, CDs, and performances I wrote about this year.
By JON GARELICK  |  December 18, 2006

All about Allen

Celebrating Ginsberg’s life
Clean-shaven and dressed in a sport coat and tie, 28-year-old Allen Ginsberg, stood in front of an enthusiastic and energetic audience at the Six Gallery on Fillmore Street to read from a new poem — “Howl” — that he had begun writing 44 days before.
By PETER KADZIS  |  September 27, 2006

Lions and lambs

Pynchon isn’t all you’ll be reading this fall  
The season is notable for the return to bookstores of canonical names like Atwood, Ginsberg, Kinnell, le Carré, Munro, Pynchon, and Vidal plus a fair share of younger lions like Eggers, Julavits, and Muldoon.
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  September 13, 2006

Glower power

The films of Peter Whitehead at the HFA
It’s a mysterious career. To Whitehead’s credit, it’s not a career in the normal sense at all.
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  September 06, 2006

Flashbacks, February 3, 2006

The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966. These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Ian Sands.
This week in history, from the pages of the Boston Phoenix
By EDITORIAL  |  February 02, 2006

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