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Interview: Ken Burns

On his latest PBS documentary, The National Parks
After watching The National Parks: America's Best Idea , it would be easy to conclude that it all could have been said a lot faster. Ken Burns disagrees — but he's not just being defensive.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  September 25, 2009


Holy landscape!

Ken Burns worships America's spiritual resource
At its core, Ken Burns's PBS 12-hour epic The National Parks: America's Best Idea (nightly on WGBH Channel 2 at 8 pm, from September 27 through October 2) is a selective, initiative by initiative, advocate by advocate, chronicle of the evolution of the National Parks system and the changing roles protected lands have played in American culture since Congress validated Yosemite in 1864.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  September 24, 2009

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Michael Ryan: 1951-2009

A celebration of the good old days by someone who knew him when
Every proper obit should begin with something long-winded and amusing. In this case, that's easy.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  August 31, 2009


K is for clown

The lighter side of global annihilation
The lighter side of global annihilation
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  June 30, 2009


Lost tribes found

'GBH puts a human face on history
Nobody likes a guilt trip. That's why filmmaker Ric Burns's 1995 Manifest Destiny documentary The Way West was such a drag.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  April 07, 2009


Review: MI-5

Breaking new ground with old tools
When in 2002 BBC1 launched Spooks , from independent producer Kudos Film and Television, it must have been something of a courageous act.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  March 31, 2009


Noir film

Jerry Berndt and Eugene Richards: The inescapable romance of decay
Fatalism and depression are consequences of life, not goals. Cheer up and don't let this dust-to-dust business slow you down.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  March 03, 2009


Keough sweeps Oscars

Way better than average
Is our Phoenix film editor good, or what? This past week, Peter Keough predicted six major Oscar categories and earlier went out on a limb and called the two short-subject winners.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  February 25, 2009


Phoenix group harvests 17 regional press prizes

Bragging-Rights Night at New England Press Association
The New England Press Association (NEPA) annual newspaper contest has always been good to us.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  February 12, 2009


Eloquent Nude: The Love and Legacy of Edward Weston & Charis Wilson

Model wife
Ian McCluskey's exploration of the legendary "model wife" collaboration between Modernist photo master Edward Weston and moneyed bohemian Charis Wilson is no casual or incidental documentary but a well-crafted display of living history.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  December 11, 2008


Friends remember Alan Lupo

The Boston Phoenix is collecting memories from all those whose lives were touched by our friend and colleague, Alan Lupo.  
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  October 22, 2008


The people's gravelly voice

Alan Lupo, 1938–2008
There’s a lot to be said about Alan Lupo. All of it good. Much of it colorful as hell.  
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  October 09, 2008


Get over it

What every freshman should know about going to college in Boston
Okay, you survived the college-application process; you filled out the miserable FAFSA forms; you sweated out the wait for acceptance letters; and cut your best financial-aid deal.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  August 21, 2009


Terror 'toonist

Dept. of gallows humor
Earlier this month, syndicated cartoonist Matt Bors found a new fan in none other than Salim Hamdan, the man tried and convicted for once having been Osama Bin Laden’s driver.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  August 20, 2008


Victim, not vixen

Sex, death, and the filthy rich
Florence Evelyn Nesbit was the most beautiful woman who ever lived.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  July 29, 2008


Repression illustrated

People’s history in graphic format
Graphic novels are an acquired taste.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  July 01, 2008

080613_feathers-list wins at AAN conference

A line drive triple in Philly Web site won first place at the annual Association of Alternative Newsweeklies conference.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  June 11, 2008


It is the heat

. . . though humidity plays its part. Either way, global warming means sweating it out this summer.
“Going green” may be an annoying trendy catch phrase, but there’s something to be said for turning down the global thermostat before we all drown in a pool of our own sweat.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  June 09, 2008


Keeping the faith

Mobe turns 30
Boston has a good rep in progressive circles for being on the right side — most of the time — on every social/political issue since slavery.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  May 07, 2008

Ding Ho home

Comedy benefit adds second show
Opening a comedy club in a Cambridge Chinese restaurant was a laughable idea unto itself.
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  April 30, 2008
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