Futurism Versus the Present

May 11, 2014

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I took in the Whitney Biennial and the Italian Futurism show at the Guggenheim this weekend. It made for¬†an interesting contrast. Contemporary art has for some time been obsessed with transgression to the point of emptiness, while the Futurists were and remain genuinely shocking in some ways. In their manifesto, they¬†proclaimed a love of the […]

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An Impolite Reflection

September 11, 2013

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Politeness says that today is a day for solemn and sentimental remembrance, to eschew politicking and sharp words and remember the victims and those left behind. Fuck politeness. A lot has been done in the past 12 years in the name of those victims, and I am going to remember them by asking for some […]

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Sweating the Small Beer

November 2, 2011

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In my contributor’s blurb in this month’s Boston Magazine, I lob a tomato at the City of Boston for cracking down on hair salons serving free drinks to customers without a license. The popular stereotype of Boston in the world at large is that we’re stodgy, uptight, schoolmarmish, anti-fun, and usually dressed to match. The […]

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Cashed Out, in this month’s Boston Magazine

November 1, 2011

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After seven years in the tall grass, my byline returns to the city in grand style. Locals, be sure to check out the print edition for the AWESOME two-page art by Miguel Navarro.

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Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You

October 6, 2011

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Yours truly, three months ago: That being said, fuck the Post Office, or as I call it, the garbage delivery service…. I receive virtually nothing in the mail other than Boston Globe coupon circulars, offers for high-interest credit cards, and Fingerhut catalogs. Every day, a pound or so of mail goes straight from the mailbox […]

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Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party

October 2, 2011

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When the Occupy Boston protest crested last night in front of the Federal Reserve building downtown, they were only a few blocks from where most historians think an earlier generation of hooligans boarded British merchant ships and tossed their cargoes of tea overboard. Today, you would be hard-pressed to find two movements which would instinctively […]

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The Unfinished Business of 9/11

September 9, 2011

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When I think of, and back to 9/11, I have many swirling thoughts, but what sticks with me still is a sense of lingering bitterness over the many unsettled bills left on the table that day. Most of all, 9/11 represents the single greatest institutional failure in the history of our government to perform its […]

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