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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Well, which is it?

August 21, 2011

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In this NYT story, Second Recession in U.S. Could Be Worse Than First, readers are treated to this astonishing bit of rhetorical whiplash: Even those Americans who are working are generally working less; the typical private sector worker has a shorter workweek today than four years ago. Employers shed all the extra work shifts and […]

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