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Berenice Abbott's miracle of science

Like Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan, Berenice Abbott was inventing abstract photography. She combined Surrealism and a romance with modernity.
By GREG COOK  |  October 12, 2012

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Explaining Ulysses — if possible

James Joyce's stream-of-consciousness epic Ulysses is widely regarded as a benchmark of modern literature, but as anyone who has ever picked it up (or been forced to read it) can tell you, a sincere "What the hell?" is perhaps the most common reaction.
By KEGAN ZEMA  |  June 09, 2010

Review: Bad Boy Made Good

The revival of George Anthiel's 1924 Ballet méchanique
If Igor Stravinsky’s Sacre du printemps paved the way for modern rock, then George Antheil’s Ballet mécanique made possible every genre of contemporary music with “noise” or “metal” in its name.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 03, 2009

MFA neglects to award prize for neglected female artists

Missing Maud Dept.
In 1993, on the occasion of her 90th birthday, friends of prominent Cambridge artist Maud Morgan donated funds to Boston's Museum of Fine Arts to establish a prize in her name. (She died six years later.) The Maud Morgan Purchase Prize would celebrate under-appreciated mid-career Massachusetts female artists.
By GREG COOK  |  October 07, 2009

Endurance Reads

Summer-Book Therapy Sessions
Beach reading . The very phrase is abhorrent to book lovers, connoting as it does cheap paperbacks, tumescent with air-dried seawater and crunchy with sand, paragraph after paragraph of poorly written pulp meant to be read as fast as the passing of summer itself.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 17, 2009

Say what?

The Big Hurt: A chat with Bill Buckholz of
Good news for perplexed suburbanites: a new site called  lets experienced rap interpreters explain difficult urban slang to hip-hop neophytes.
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 13, 2009

The worst word

How F**K became our top taboo term -- and why we need it to stay that way
Then it happens: you look up at the TV screen and see Bono, the lead singer of U2, step up to the podium to accept a statuette for recording the Best Alternative Music album. "We shall continue to abuse our position," he says, "and fuck up the mainstream."
By TIMOTHY GOWER  |  April 07, 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

Review: Lark and Termite

Total immersion
"Language Immersion" is the name of a program set up by the US Army in Korea just prior to the North's invasion of the South.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2009

Novel idea: Twitter fiction

Post-modernism, post by 140-character post
Inauspiciously, Tom Scharpling began his Twitter novel with a typo.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 14, 2009

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


Love in Bloom at BC
Trust Boston’s socially conscious Catholic academics to connect the dots between James Joyce’s once-banned 1922 mega-novel Ulysses and (among other things) gay marriage.
By NEELY STEINBERG  |  June 11, 2008

The war games

The Huntington’s The Cry of the Reed ; Travesties by the Publick
The Cry of the Reed seems torn from some particularly gruesome headlines: kidnapping, beheading, such stuff as Daniel Pearl’s final dreams were made on.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 15, 2008

Beyond illbient

DJ Spooky goes global
When I get DJ Spooky on the phone a week ago Tuesday, he’s fresh home in New York City from Antarctica.
By JON GARELICK  |  January 14, 2008

The best on the boards

Theatre: 2007 in review
There have been a few muggings on the rialto this year.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 17, 2007

Last man standing

Once a cautionary tale about human folly, has the doomsday myth become just more fun and games?
In his 1954 novel I Am Legend , Richard Matheson conjured up a terrifying scenario: a man-made plague has killed most of humanity.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 12, 2007

Bouncers tell all

Tales from behind the velvet rope
A young man of my acquaintance, a callow pube of a London club-goer, got himself bounced not long ago from an establishment on the King’s Road.
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 22, 2007

‘Bring us your worst . . . ’

The ‘Anti-Slam’ poets wax erotic
Mike brought his creation to a climax with high-pitched keening — part orgasm, part death knell — before swooning onto the stage.
By JACQUELINE HOUTON  |  August 22, 2007


Kiki & Herb; Lucia’s Chapters; Our Son’s Wedding
The Eternal Feminine gets a workout this week.
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 19, 2007

Against interpretation

Hallelujah the Hills get litr’y with it
To file Hallelujah the Hills under “literary rock” would be, according to frontman Ryan Walsh, an insult to literature and an insult to rock. Hallelujah the Hills, "Wave Backwards to Massachusetts" (mp3)
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  June 12, 2007

Daddy’s girl

Mabou Mines looks into James Joyce’s daughter
Repressed, talented women lurk in the background of Western cultural history.
By IRIS FANGER  |  June 05, 2007

Rock against rock

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Middle East Downstairs, June 3, 2007
Once on stage, SGM launched into a much-ado-about-everything set — a collision of prog-rock, thrash metal, free jazz, punk, off-kilter funk, and more.
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  June 04, 2007

Indie bands are better than groundhogs

Knocks from the Underground: The Best of the Boston Underground at the Middle East
Another indie rock show?  It’s 10 degrees outside.  I don’t know these bands.  I’m a cranky Bostonian.  Fuck indie rock shows.  But this one actually might be worth it.  Here are the ten reasons why you should come.
By BECKY FIRESHEETS  |  February 01, 2007

Portrait of the artist as a dirty man

Jimmy’s letters to Nora
“This is so fucking tame compared to what’s coming,” says My Life in Heavy Metal author Steve Almond after reading a bit from his R-rated short stories on the stage at Great Scott last Tuesday night.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  November 20, 2006

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Living theoria

Military uses for art theory
This spare spiral that Constantin Brancusi traced to capture the likeness of writer James Joyce describes the sort of journey involved in what Joyce called the “sedentary trade”: using one’s life as the material for one’s work, each working and wandering into and out of the other.
By CHRIS THOMPSON  |  September 06, 2006

Two Gallants

What The Toll Tells | Saddle Creek
It’s not difficult to figure out how Two Gallants, a band who borrow their name from the title of a James Joyce short story, wound up on Conor Oberst’s indie powerhouse Saddle Creek.
By CHRIS BROOK  |  April 14, 2006

From the ashes

Jay McInerney grows up
Honest, perceptive, and keenly felt, The Good Life — the story of two couples’ furtive, hesitant stabs at happiness in the brave and fearful new world of post-9/11 New York — is McInerney’s most mature and affecting book yet.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 22, 2006

Photos: Literary tattoos

Selections from The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide
Selections from Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide
By THE WORD MADE FLESH  |  October 08, 2010

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