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Interview: Aziz Ansari is on the fly

Jet setter
It's been a good few months for Aziz Ansari.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  May 09, 2012


Gadgets for both sides of the Occupy divide

Gearing up
Is Santa a one-percenter? Sometimes it seems that way.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  December 06, 2011


Inside the TEDxDirigo conference

Big ideas for Maine
I arrived at TEDxDirigo on September 10 feeling rather less than confident about the state of world. The tenth anniversary of 9/11 — and the awful decade that unspooled from that sky-blue morning — was on my mind.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  September 14, 2011


The world is watching

Don't want the government, big industry, and some 15 year old to know your secrets? You're shit out of luck.
And so far no one knows what to do about it.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  September 27, 2010


Interview: Daniel Clowes

On going from Enid to Wilson
"If you had told me then that there would be cute girls coming to comic conventions in 15 years, I would’ve told you you were out of your mind."
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  April 27, 2010


Play ball!

Or, what’s in the Dominican water?
Red Sox fans are well versed in the creation myths of the team’s Dominican stars.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  April 27, 2010


Cowboy junkie

In his paintings and music, Jon Langford resurrects and pays respect to a vanished American past
England in the mid-’80s, gray and depressed by Thatcherism and the Smiths, wasn’t a place folks typically dressed to the nines in ten-gallon hats, bolo ties, and Nudie shirts. But such were the sartorial choices made those days by the members of the Mekons.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  April 08, 2010


Obama's year two to-do's

What Have You Done for Me Lately Dept.
This week marks the one-year anniversary of Barack Obama's inauguration. Can you believe it?
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  January 20, 2010


Harvard's breathable chocolate

Biomedical engineer David Edwards is experimenting with ways for us to inhale our food.
Not long ago, Harvard engineer David Edwards was dining in Bordeaux with famed French molecular gastronomist Thierry Marx and colloidal chemist Jérôme Bibette. Suddenly, tucking into a plate of gourmet fare, Edwards — who specializes in aerosols — had what might be called a voilà! moment.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  January 22, 2010



Obsessed with the wrongs of Abu Ghraib, local author Nick Flynn traveled across the globe to meet its victims
In his powerful new memoir, The Ticking Is the Bomb (W.W. Norton), Scituate native Nick Flynn recounts a conversation he had with a man in Turkey.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  January 13, 2010


Dropping the ball

This past decade? Not so great. But the next, according to social critic James Howard Kunstler, will be much worse.
At last, the golden moment has arrived.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  January 06, 2010


Remembering Joey Ramone

Long Live Rock Dept.
On top of everything else that was a drag about the decade just past, there was this: in a three-and-a-half-year span, we lost three quarters of the Ramones. And then CBGB closed.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  January 08, 2010


Joey Ramone remembered

Long Live Rock Dept.
On top of everything else that was a drag about the decade just past, there was this: in a three-and-a-half-year span, we lost three quarters of the Ramones. And then CBGB closed.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  January 06, 2010


Ten years of great sports

Boston's road from Loserville to Title Town
Moments after Adam Vinatieri's field goal split the uprights as the clock expired in the Louisiana Superdome on February 3, 2002, the streets of Boston were in bedlam. Drunk people dangled from trees and hung off lampposts. Motorists leaned on their horns. I saw a guy hug a cop
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  December 22, 2009


Review: It's Complicated

Indeed it is
It's complicated, and so are my feelings about Nancy Meyer's predictable and overlong boomer-bait rom-com.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  December 22, 2009


Tilting at Windows

Software 'Saint' Richard Stallman fights for computing freedom — and against corporate control
Stallman — a legend in the programmer community for more than a quarter century — considers it his life's work to proselytize the free-software gospel, educating the lay people who'd otherwise assume that Microsoft or Apple are exclusively synonymous with computing.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  December 18, 2009


Various Artists | Where the Action Is: Los Angeles Nuggets 1965 - 1968

Rhino (2009)
More than three years in the making, the most recent installment of Rhino's legendary archival garage-rock series offers an amazingly comprehensive excavation of an absurdly fertile scene.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  December 16, 2009



The meteoric rise and startling fall of Starbucks is emblematic of the contemporary American dream — just ask the history professor who's been to 425 branches
In 50 states and 49 countries, the experience is the same: a placid sense of place, air suffused with the rich aromatics of fresh-brewed espresso. Customers dollop cream and sprinkle brown sugar into their drinks. Behind the counter, green-clad baristas grind beans and steam milk, smiling as they take orders in a made-up language.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  December 11, 2009


Review: Irene in Time

Some actors improv better than others
Luckless in love, Irene (Tanna Frederick) wants to "find a guy like my daddy." Her father, she says (over and over and over), "was really magical." Truth be told, her absent dad doesn't seem like that great a guy.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  December 09, 2009


Tech Support

Stereo equipment is so passé. This year's unnecessarily awesome gadgets will stir coffee and turn T-shirts into guitars.
"Lo! Men have become the tools of their tools." So wrote Henry David Thoreau, a long time ago, in Walden .
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  December 08, 2009
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