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    Sexual dismay in the Milky WaySexual dismay in the Milky Way:  Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
    Lines upon learning that two professors from the University of Pennsylvania have concluded that men are currently happier than women
    By: JAMES PARKER


    Shriiimp on the BarbieShriiimp on the Barbie:  Allston-based graffiti artists are giving new meaning to objets d’art
    Shrimp, the edible crustaceans commonly dipped in tart, tangy cocktail sauce, don’t usually carry overtly sexual connotations.
    By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN


    Prudish publication makes its debutPrudish publication makes its debut:  Return to modesty
    You won’t see any bikinis in Eliza’s swimsuit spread, just one-pieces and a few belly-covering tankinis.
    By: DEIRDRE FULTON


    Dance Monkey: October 5, 2007Dance Monkey: October 5, 2007:  A comic in the hot seat
    I’m thinking about potatoes. Maris Pipers to be precise.
    By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN


    Punch linesPunch lines:  Eddie Brill and the Boston Comedy Festival
    A tide of laughter breaks over comedian Eddie Brill as his high-speed spiel about an antic bar pick-up recounted in a string of clichés halts.
    By: TED DROZDOWSKI


    Profile pollingProfile polling:  A look at the MySpace and Facebook profiles of the '08 presidential candidates
    Facebook and MySpace represent the easiest and most efficient method of assessing compatibility for a friend, a potential hook-up, or a presidential candidate.
    By: DAVID MASHBURN


    I now pronounce you man and wi-fiI now pronounce you man and wi-fi:  Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
    Lines upon reading about the Bosnian man who began an adulterous affair in an Internet chat room, only to discover that the woman to whom he was chatting was his own wife.
    By: JAMES PARKER


    The best of OktoberfestThe best of Oktoberfest:  Forget Munich. A local German beer expert offers a primer on the best Bavarian lagers to enjoy this Oktoberfest — and all autumn long.
    To hear it told, Munich’s Oktoberfest these days is a circus.
    By: MIKE MILIARD


    Off the fieldOff the field:  The personal side of Tedy Bruschi
    The New England Patriots may be the most tight-lipped organization in all of sports.
    By: MATT ASHARE


    Dance Monkey: Doug BensonDance Monkey: Doug Benson:  A comic in the hot seat
    No, you’re wrong, I’m totally high right now.
    By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN


    Smells like mean spiritSmells like mean spirit:  Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines

    Lines upon reading that the Minneapolis airport bathroom in which GOP senator Larry Craig was arrested on June 11 has become a tourist attraction


    By: JAMES PARKER


    Angels in AmericaAngels in America:  If the world’s saintliest woman can have doubts about God, surely the world’s most cynical man can also question his non-belief?
    The publication this month of the selected correspondence of Mother Teresa has revealed that, for many years, the Saint of Calcutta entertained significant doubts about the existence of God.
    By: JAMES PARKER


    Dance, Monkey: Jim Morris as President George W. BushDance, Monkey: Jim Morris as President George W. Bush:  A comic in the hot seat
    Vice-President Cheney and I have just implemented a plan whereby we now deal with people who disagree with our plans for Iraq and Afghanistan by declaring them Enemy Combatants.
    By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN


    Pipe-hittin’ kitten, emblem of the new BritainPipe-hittin’ kitten, emblem of the new Britain:  Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
    Lines upon seeing a photograph of the troubled English rock star Pete Doherty apparently administering a dose of crack to his pet cat
    By: JAMES PARKER


    White hunters, black heartsWhite hunters, black hearts:  Scambaiting turns the tables on Internet con men. But when the clever pranks turn dangerous and degrading, where does the moral compass point?
    There are hundreds of faces in the “Trophy Room” of 419Eater.com, and most of them are black.
    By: MIKE MILIARD


    The list is lifeThe list is life:  His name's not Earl
    There’s a line in John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy,” favored by free spirits and Type-B thinkers: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
    By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN


    Dance Monkey: Maria CiampaDance Monkey: Maria Ciampa:  A local comic in the hot seat
    Education is important. I’m pretty. Jellyfish are fun! And also, some ravioli.
    By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN


    Wings of desireWings of desire:  Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
    Lines upon reading that in-flight entertainment is exposing children to images of an increasingly violent and sexual nature.
    By: JAMES PARKER


    Streets of goldStreets of gold:  Who is that stashed man?
    The mustache seems to be making a comeback — in the popular imagination if not on upper lips.
    By: CAITLIN CURRAN


    Anna Wintour's hair tells allAnna Wintour's hair tells all:  Why an editor’s locks are more revealing than her covers
    By the time you read this, the frenzied seven days that are New York Fashion Week will be drawing to a close.
    By: SHARON STEEL


    Dance Monkey: Neil HamburgerDance Monkey: Neil Hamburger:  A visiting comic in the hot seat
    Do not allow the drug generation to persuade you to tear down your internal wall.
    By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN


    Welcome to BostonWelcome to Boston:  Better than a Duck Tour
    You’re one of us now.
    By: KARL STEVENS AND GUSTAVO TURNER


    For a few dollars lessFor a few dollars less:  A gender-specific guide to cheap dating
    Like a $20 hooker, college expenses can really suck you dry.
    By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN


    Listen up, newbieListen up, newbie:  We will make you one of us — all you have to do is trust
    Hey, kid. Yeah, you with the hat on backward. New in town? Big city, huh? Not at all like back home. Scary. Unfamiliar. Fraught! Want some advice?
    By: CLIF GARBODEN


    Networking trapsNetworking traps:  A message for Facebook users: you’re being watched
    Sure, 1984 was 23 years ago, but Big Brother’s still alive and well.
    By: ASHLEY RIGAZIO


    Pore and pourPore and pour:  The reader’s guide to intoxicating literature
    This is for the misanthropes and wallflowers.
    By: NINA MACLAUGHLIN


    Ashes to ashesAshes to ashes:  Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
    Lines upon learning of the Russian man whose penis was set on fire by his ex-wife as he sat naked in front of the TV, drinking vodka
    By: JAMES PARKER


    Dance Monkey: Lewis BlackDance Monkey: Lewis Black:  A visiting comic in the hot seat
    I’d like to be known as the King of Hope. That can be a city somewhere, or the king of actual hope.
    By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN


    Kundalini conjurorKundalini conjuror:  Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
    Lines upon reading that Britney Spears may recently have spent the night with the heavy-metal illusionist Criss “Mindfreak” Angel
    By: JAMES PARKER


    Dance Monkey: Paula PoundstoneDance Monkey: Paula Poundstone:  A visiting comic in the hot seat
    I’d rather elect a pit bull and get bitten by a Republican, because I’d have a better shot at affordable health care.
    By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN


    Senior yearsSenior years:  Look to your left; look to your right; one of you will break a hip this semester
    These are the BU Evergreeners — chatty and well-dressed, brandishing ballpoints and Starbucks.
    By: EVA WOLCHOVER


    The fallThe fall:  Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
    Lines upon the arrest of a Catholic priest in Frederick, Colorado, for jogging in the nude before sunrise
    By: JAMES PARKER


    Angels and devils of pornAngels and devils of porn:  A vintage X-rated actor and a goofball clergyman face off, in a debate sponsored by an energy drink: what the hell is going on?
    Odd choice for a date, one would have thought — an evening of robust debate about pornography.
    By: JAMES PARKER


    Minnesota dreamingMinnesota dreaming:  As a steady stream of Twin Cities sports superstars relocates to Boston, a hoops-crazy reporter asks himself: What price fandom?
    If you're a die-hard sports fan, you’ve undoubtedly had moments where you view your obsession from the outside, like an anthropologist watching a painful circumcision ritual for the first time.
    By: ADAM REILLY


    Marketing magicMarketing magic:  Building the new Disney empire, one tween at a time
    When you dial the Disney Channel headquarters in Burbank and ask to be transferred, the operator will cheerily instruct you to have a “magical day.”
    By: SHARON STEEL


    Dance monkey: Mitch FatelDance monkey: Mitch Fatel:  A visiting comic in the hot seat
    I have no comment. Please refer all further questions to my lawyer.
    By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN


    A dose of DadA dose of Dad:  Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines

    Lines upon learning that Keith Richards, though he did snort some of his deceased father’s ashes, did not — as was previously reported — chop them up with cocaine


    By: JAMES PARKER


    The King is dead (and rich)The King is dead (and rich):  Long live Elvis’s ghost
    It was 30 years ago next Thursday.
    By: MIKE MILIARD


    Journey into hellJourney into hell:  Welcome to the woods: no shelter, no toilets —  just angry fauna, torrential hailstorms, and me
    Fuck you, Nature.
    By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN


    Dance Monkey: Jeffrey RossDance Monkey: Jeffrey Ross:  A visiting comic in the hot seat
    She’s not dead. I could swear I saw her working in the make-up department of Filene’s Basement.
    By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN


    Enter sandmanEnter sandman:  Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
    Lines upon reading about the anesthesiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital who was suspended for falling asleep during an operation
    By: JAMES PARKER


    Keepin' it realtorKeepin' it realtor:  Rock and rolling all night is tough with an unforgiving day job. That’s why the shredding set love real estate.
    There’s an old Saturday Night Live sketch — not, truth be told, one of the show’s funniest moments — called “Rock & Roll Real-estate Agent.”
    By: MIKE MILIARD


    Presidency of the absurdPresidency of the absurd:  Looking for insights into Bush’s torture policy? Try limericks, rhinoceroses, and a pistol-packing midget bicyclist
    In the literature of absurdity, torture is never far away.
    By: JAMES PARKER


    Fulsome prison bluesFulsome prison blues:  Two DUIs, cocaine, and now jail — what’s next for Li Lo? Five local dignitaries chime in.
    If a Hollywood It-Girl really wants to leave her mark this summer, she’ll have to work a lot harder than usual.
    By: SHARON STEEL


    Dishes must be done before bedtimeDishes must be done before bedtime:  Celebrating the passive voice
    In May, 25-year-old Brooklyn-based writer Kerry Miller was swapping Craigslist-roommate horror stories on a date.
    By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN


    Five-finger discountFive-finger discount:  It may not be Bart, but bootlegging is back
    When I was in the eighth grade, in the spring of 1990, I wore a Simpsons T-shirt.
    By: MIKE MILIARD


    Kickin' itKickin' it:  The sneaker scene at the Paradise Lounge
    What makes a pair of sneakers ultra exclusive?
    By: DOMINIQUE HENDELMAN


    Dance Monkey: Colin QuinnDance Monkey: Colin Quinn:  A visiting comic in the hot seat
    They’re the most underpaid team in baseball.
    By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN


    Pop goes to warPop goes to war:  Music and movies are vital coping mechanisms for US servicepeople in Iraq. And often, say four local troops, after they get home.
    Next time you put on the new Spoon single to make that subway ride go by a little faster, consider what musical escapism means to troops in Iraq.
    By: MIKE MILIARD


    Coup de colonCoup de colon:  Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
    Lines upon learning that George W. Bush, before undergoing anesthesia for a routine colonoscopy, temporarily handed over his presidential powers to Dick Cheney
    By: JAMES PARKER


    The un-metal lightness of beingThe un-metal lightness of being:  Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines

    Lines upon learning that a Swedish man is to receive sickness benefits for his addiction to heavy-metal music


    By: JAMES PARKER


    The last PotterThe last Potter:  What does the end mean for Harry’s strange Boston disciples?
    The end is never easy, is it?
    By: SHARON STEEL


    You say you want a revolution?You say you want a revolution?:  The Redcoat diaries, or visiting the Port-o-Potty in a tricornered hat

    “Don’t you worry, boy. We’ll have your ass bleeding by the end of the day.”


    By: JAMES PARKER


    It’s a woman’s right to chooseIt’s a woman’s right to choose:  Five new methods of birth control explained
    Sorry guys, this one’s for the girls.
    By: DEIRDRE FULTON


    Dance Monkey: Lizz WinsteadDance Monkey: Lizz Winstead:  A visiting comic in the hot seat
    It will be called Harry Pott-him.
    By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN


    Skate or dieSkate or die:  SLIDESHOW: Red Bull's skateboarding competition at City Hall Plaza
    Skateboarding on public property still falls under the Banned in Boston category.
    By: MELISSA POCEK AND JESSICA SHARP


    R.I.P., Mr. ButchR.I.P., Mr. Butch:  Folk hero, "King of Kenmore Square," dead in scooter crash

    By: CARLY CARIOLI


    All eyes on meAll eyes on me:  Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
    Lines upon learning of the recent stipulation, by the pop artist Madonna, that any journalist wishing to complete an interview with her must maintain eye contact at all times.
    By: JAMES PARKER


    Maggots ate my flesh!Maggots ate my flesh!:  As antibiotics increasingly lose their potency, medical professionals are turning to (yecch!) fly larvae to take a bite out of wound recovery
    If you met Dana — attractive, athletic, and tan, somewhere in her 30s — you’d never guess her secret.
    By: AUDREY SCHULMAN


    Dance Monkey: Bob SagetDance Monkey: Bob Saget:  A visiting comic on the hot seat
    I’m going to teabag myself in Boston Harbor.
    By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN


    iPhone homeiPhone home:  Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
    Lines upon the Multimedia and Internet-enabled Mobile Phone Newly Produced by the Apple Corporation
    By: JAMES PARKER


    Weird scienceWeird science:  Could be verse: poetry ripped straight from the headlines

    Lines in Anticipation of the Final Installment of the Harry Potter Series, After Reading About the “Fringe Research” Being Conducted by the Pentagon.


    By: JAMES PARKER


    America BlowsAmerica Blows:  Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
    The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
    By: MIKE MILIARD


    Dance, monkey: Renata TutkoDance, monkey: Renata Tutko:  A local comic on the hot seat
    I’m just doing stand-up to try and get noticed for my other skills.
    By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN


    Open-air entrepreneursOpen-air entrepreneurs:  Street vendors in Boston come with the sun
    Where are all the street vendors?
    By: JENNY HALPER


    Flushed awayFlushed away:  Could be Verse: Poetry ripped straight from the headlines
    Lines Upon Hearing of the Systematic Theft by Persons Unknown of Certain Toilet Parts From Fast-Food Restaurants in the Town of Methuen
    By: JAMES PARKER


    Cork it, CorganCork it, Corgan:  Could be Verse: Poetry ripped straight from the headlines
    Lines Upon Hearing the Smashing Pumpkins’ Single “Tarantula,” Their First New Material Since 2000
    James Parker, "Cork it, Corgan" (mp3)

    By: JAMES PARKER


    Waste your timeWaste your time:  Ten underrated summer activities
    Summer is fleeting. Days are so rare. Precious perfumed breezes. Gentle warmth.
    By: JAMES PARKER


    Safer at homeSafer at home:  Four perfectly good excuses to stay indoors this summer
    Read this article behind closed doors.
    By: CLIF GARBODEN


    Ride, don't driveRide, don't drive:  Oil companies gouge us every time we get behind the wheel, so try a no-car vacation
    This summer, with price gouging at the pumps at an all-time high, motoring vacations promise to be an even more miserable travel experience than usual.
    By: ASHLEY RIGAZIO


    Going the distance on Father’s Day:  Personally
    My father died on April 25 at 1:15 pm in Largo, Florida.
    By: JOHNNY ANGEL


    Look at us! We're running for President!Look at us! We're running for President!:  Big Fat Whale

    By: BRIAN MCFADDEN


    Dirk wears Red SoxDirk wears Red Sox:  Whatever

    By: KARL STEVENS AND GUSTAVO TURNER


    Next stop: marriageNext stop: marriage:  As New Hampshire enacts civil unions, Maine’s gay-marriage advocates get ready

    If we had asked the leadership at Equality Maine about their plan for gay marriage say, two years ago, they would have likely said, “If we told you, we’d have to kill you.”


    By: TONY GIAMPETRUZZI


    Pent-up geniusPent-up genius:  Paris Hilton, jailbird
    According to the New York Daily News, Paris is planning to keep a prison diary for publication later this year.
    By: SHARON STEEL


    Holy War!Holy War!:  A new army of atheists is taking no prisoners in its battle with God and his self-appointed faith dealers
    There’s no doubt about it: right now, God is on the side of the atheists.
    By: JAMES PARKER


    Waxin' Anglo SaxonWaxin' Anglo Saxon:  Could be Verse: Poetry ripped straight from the headlines

    By: JAMES PARKER


    Guide to Pride 2007Guide to Pride 2007:  It takes a village (person)

    By: PHOENIX STAFF


    One bird's opinionOne bird's opinion:  Could be Verse: Poetry ripped straight from the headlines
    One bird’s opinion, or Lines upon Seeing the President Struck by Avian Droppings during a Rose Garden Press Conference
    By: JAMES PARKER


    School for wannabe Don JuansSchool for wannabe Don Juans:  Dy-no-mite!
    Daniel Rose used to be a dork. Now he’s a sex machine.
    By: MIKE MILIARD


    Adieu, a littleAdieu, a little:  Barry Crimmins’s comic relief
    From the page to the stage, humorist Barry Crimmins has served as one of America’s most notorious political watchdogs.
    By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN


    Upping theANTIUpping theANTI:  Local T-shirt company refuses to make Jesus its homeboy
    When Urban Outfitters started selling shirts featuring a Christ-like cartoon and the words JESUS IS MY HOMEBOY, Mark Stiles and Jason LaCouture were pissed off.
    By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN


    Tinseltown EastTinseltown East:  Boston was once a breeding ground for movie big-wigs. Now, Emerson College tries to preserve its ghosts.
    Looking at the photographs now, it’s hard to believe it ever existed.

    By: MIKE MILIARD


    NAScar-bon neutral?NAScar-bon neutral?:  Motor sports make an improbable environmentalist example
    Anyone trying to get their minds around the complicated puzzles of greenhouse gases and global warming can learn a thing or two by watching how motor sports are adapting to the growing pressure to become eco-friendly.
    By: DEIRDRE FULTON


    The least you need to knowThe least you need to know:  By law, privacy can be a matter of where and when
    Gay Pride. It's a phase that has become almost meaningless in our contemporary culture.
    By: LISA KEEN


    Gay old timeGay old time:  Ten moments when the mainstream assimilated gay culture and made it its own
    Many people take for granted that the divide between gay culture and mainstream culture is as thin as the latex of an expensive condom.
    By: MICHAEL BRONSKI


    And proud of itAnd proud of it:  Pride Week ’07 expands its audience and honors its traditions
    Boston's Pride Week is here, it's queer, and we're getting used to it.
    By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN


    He thought Tinky Winky was gayHe thought Tinky Winky was gay:  Could be Verse: Poetry ripped straight from the headlines
    The voyage of the soul of Jerry Falwell.
    By: JAMES PARKER


    Lawn have mercyLawn have mercy:  A local artist is on a mission to tally the Virgin Marys in Somerville
    Three years ago, a woman sold a grilled-cheese sandwich that contained the likeness of the Virgin Mary on eBay for $28,000.
    By: SHARON STEEL


    Ring of fireRing of fire:  New England’s minor-league grapplers wrestle their demons — in vinyl boots and a blaze of glory
    A fight has just broken out in the Polish American Veterans Club in Lowell.
    By: SEAN BARTLETT


    The No-’Poo DoThe No-’Poo Do:  If you want to lose the ‘fright wig,’ try ditching your shampoo
    Halfway through my last haircut, the stylist asked me what kind of “products” I used. “Not that many,” I mumbled.
    By: AUDREY SCHULMAN


    Dice-k DictionaryDice-k Dictionary:  Translating the sudden explosion of Japanese signs in the Fenway
    The Red Sox’ signing of Daisuke Matsuzaka bolster Boston’s starting rotation and spawned a burgeoning industry in Japanese signage around Fenway Park.
    By: MIKE MILIARD


    Words made fleshWords made flesh:  Free verse, ripped straight from the headlines
    Lines upon learning that a nudist camp in Woodstock, Connecticut, is offering reduced membership rates to those younger than 30.
    James Parker, "Words Made Flesh" (mp3)

    By: JAMES PARKER


    Cycle of sadnessCycle of sadness:  VIDEO: BMX park torn down by MBTA
    For cyclists who prefer to do their riding on thin air, the news spread fast.
    By: PETE STIDMAN


    Endangered tonguesEndangered tongues:  We’re not surprised you speak our language
    You may have read: the world is getting smaller.
    By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN


    The revenge of grammarThe revenge of grammar:  An SAT tutor embraces the expanded achievement test
    As an SAT tutor, I am constantly trying to explain why answer choice (A) is plainly, if subtly, superior to answer choice (C).
    By: EMMA POLLIN


    Home of the Braves?Home of the Braves?:  50 years after the Boston Braves' departure, it’s worth asking: did the wrong team leave town?
    Fifty years ago this fall, a Boston team beat the Yankees in the World Series.
    By: MIKE MILIARD


    Hermes’s bonerHermes’s boner:  New film queers The Odyssey
    The Odyssey is the epic that's launched a thousand adaptations.
    By: NINA MACLAUGHLIN


    Biking on the defensiveBiking on the defensive:  Stay alive whatever may occur
    You've probably realized that this city and its decrepit roads aren't very bike friendly.
    By: ASHLEY RIGAZIO


    Soft pedalingSoft pedaling:  Urban bikers need to be careful, prepared, and paranoid
    If you commute to work every day, you have to wonder: wouldn’t this be better if I were on a bike?
    By: SAMANTHA HENIG


    Far outFar out:  As the war escalates, a onetime hippie chick reflects on the groovy time she spent in Afghanistan and Iran in the late ’60s
    Carol Abbe sat very still on the international flight taking her from Beirut to Taipei.
    By: LAUREN WOLFE


    Number of the beastNumber of the beast:  Baseball stats demystified
    It’s become the creationism v. evolution argument of baseball.
    By: RYAN STEWART


    Pigeons love pokerPigeons love poker:  It’s a game that even a duffer can win
    Poker reminds me of golf.
    By: COSMO MACERO JR.


    Table mannersTable manners:  In blackjack experience teaches, intuition sustains
    My first blackjack experience came as a newly minted college grad.
    By: MARK JURKOWITZ


    Betting your brainBetting your brain:  You just think you’re going to win
    It's no surprise that it feels good to win money.
    By: SAMANTHA HENIG


    UMaine refuses to out downloading studentsUMaine refuses to out downloading students:  Privacy
    While the battle over file-sharing continues unabated on college campuses across the country, University of Maine officials have offered a new stance.
    By: EMILY PARKHURST


    The Best 2007The Best 2007:  Our readers’ favorite clubs, restaurants, stores, hangouts, art, and more plus Phoenix picks

    By: PHOENIX STAFF


    Sporting verseSporting verse:  The return of Sox-Yanks haiku
    With the Yankees in town for their first Fenway visit on Friday night, it’s that time of year again: time for mangling the chilly elegance of Japanese lyric verse into clumsy sports jeers.
    By: MIKE MILIARD


    Hit the dirt! It’s a flan!Hit the dirt! It’s a flan!:  Tragically lost in translation
    All my wife, Susannah, wanted was a flan recipe, which Google delivered online and offered to “translate” from the Spanish.
    By: CLIF GARBODEN


    Editorial stutteringEditorial stuttering:  Dice-K watch
    Headline writers of Boston, let’s make this easy.
    By: ADAM REILLY


    Cattle callCattle call:  Love humans, don’t eat them
    Does anyone else find it ironic that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is treating human beings like pieces of meat?
    By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN


    Alphabet soupAlphabet soup:  iTunes, EMI, and DRM: what does it really mean?
    The announcement that iTunes will start selling music from conglomerate EMI means you can download songs from artists on EMI and do with them what you please.
    By: MIKE MILIARD


    Matter of charactersMatter of characters:  In the age of the sound bite, Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster are reviving the lost art of long-form radio comedy
    Two men are on the phone.
    By: MIKE MILIARD


    Memories of a crazed Red Sox fanMemories of a crazed Red Sox fan:  Recalling the magical and almost forgotten '67 season
    October 1, 1967. Two outs, top of the ninth.
    Cast of characters: Talking baseball with Jim Lonborg. By Jim Sullivan

    By: JIM SULLIVAN


    Cast of charactersCast of characters:  Talking baseball with Jim Lonborg
    The Phoenix e-mailed Dr. Jim Lonborg — he’s had his own dental practice for years — with some questions about the way the game has changed since 1967.
    Sharing the laundry: There was a time when the uniforms playing baseball could kick out a season like the one the Red Sox had in 1967. By Jim Sullivan

    By: JIM SULLIVAN


    Decivilization and its discontentsDecivilization and its discontents:  The editors of literary magazine n+1 talk about the theme of their new issue, and why the world needs their work
    “Sign yourself up for the reinvigoration of civilization and, while you’re at it, n+1.” The bar was set. Civilization was at stake.
    By: NINA MACLAUGHLIN


    Cheap chicCheap chic:  Boston’s “cheap bastard” teaches you how to get your hair, and price tag, cut at the best salons in town
    Some of the top salons in the city — salons that charge up to $200 for a cut and blow-dry — actually give away their services once or twice a week.
    By: KRIS FRIESWICK


    The Mauss that roaredThe Mauss that roared:  Meet the man who could put Boston’s comedy scene back on the map
    A month ago, Boston comedian Shane Mauss could barely get local comedy clubs to return his calls.
    By: SEAN L. MCCARTHY


    Curt cuts through the crapCurt cuts through the crap:  Bloghard
    When it comes to giving fans the straight dope about the game he plays and the life he lives, the Red Sox ace is living up to his verbose reputation.
    By: MIKE MILIARD


    Word to your crullerWord to your cruller:  Vanilla Ice + ice coffee = karaoke mayhem at Copley
    “That was entertaining for about 10 seconds!” Vanilla Ice told one unfortunate competitor. “So was The Surreal Life!,” the dude spat back.
    By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN


    Eire apparentEire apparent:  Whither the Boston Irish?
    Visiting Dublin recently, I was dismayed by a telling bit of sartorial sociology: Yankees caps outnumbered Red Sox caps by about 10 to one.
    By: MIKE MILIARD


    Choose your own adventureChoose your own adventure:  Pencils, books, and peg legs? A new writing center is coming to town, and it’s calling your inner child. 
    This fall, Boston is slated to become the seventh chapter of the youth writing organization founded by Dave Eggers in 2002.
    By: NINA MACLAUGHLIN


    Still no under-21 club policyStill no under-21 club policy:  City Hall still dragging its feet on 18-plus dance night policy
    Mayor's designate interviews herself: "I don’t want these businesses, obviously, to go under. So I am working on it. Has it been completed? No."
    By: MIKE MILIARD


    Cooling it, Japanese-styleCooling it, Japanese-style:  Fun Fair
    You don’t have to be in Fort Myers or Fenway to know that Japan is big business.
    By: MIKE MILIARD


    Choosing our religionChoosing our religion:  How one little post-war doughnut shop became synonymous with Boston’s identity
    It’s all about the coffee.
    By: MIKE MILIARD


    Great sexGreat sex:  How to write it
    Call me a literary perv.
    By: IAN SANDS


    Gone to the dogsGone to the dogs:  Our over-priveleged pets
    We pamper creatures that are tinier than us and can’t protest, as an extension of our pretentious, self-indulgent bullshit.
    By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN


    Sell your body, or sell your soul?Sell your body, or sell your soul?:  30 nights as a (well-paid) guinea pig in hospital sleep study
    Desperation had driven me to this point. I was determined not to return to the soul-eating life of a cubicle serf, so, unemployed and grasping for tuition money, I’d become a Craigslist whore, selling my services to slick marketers wielding surveys and hawking focus groups.
    By: I-HSIEN SHERWOOD


    We do too have celebrity sightings in Boston!We do too have celebrity sightings in Boston!:  Gawking and stalking
    Who cares about seeing Sacha Baron Cohen eat dinner with Rachel Weisz and Darren Aronofsky at Fiamma?
    By: CAMILLE DODERO


    Etymological snowdriftEtymological snowdrift:  This year’s ski gear — by any other name
    Snowboarders have a particular flair for christening their tricks.
    By: JESS MCCONNELL


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