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Blood sucks

HBO does the ‘Southern Vampire’
With regard to this whole nouveau vampire thing, this revitalized appreciation for the undead, I should declare myself at the outset a more or less complete philistine.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  September 02, 2008


The truth is up there

Clouds, sun dogs, and the dream of an atmospheric education . . . How one former TV reporter brought his sky gospel to the people
The sky’s on the move again, he can feel it.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  August 22, 2008


Beijing sting

Exposed: A top-secret government memorandum, obtained this past week by the Phoenix, gives the games away
Greetings, faithful steward of information!
By: JAMES PARKER  |  August 08, 2008


Visions from Lilliput

The rise of the minisode
In a sense, every successful portmanteau word represents a narrow escape.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  July 28, 2008


Me and my tattoos

One Man’s Inky Voyage Toward Meaning
I know that most people get their first tattoo when they’re drunk, or infatuated, or when there’s a race war on their cellblock and they have to quickly join a gang — but not me.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  July 23, 2008


Chris + Don: A Love Story

The faithful and imaginative love story of Isherwood and Bachardy
When Christopher Isherwood spotted the teenage Don Bachardy on a Santa Monica beach in 1952, he did not hesitate to enact the most hallowed of gay archetypes.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  July 16, 2008


Our superheroes, ourselves

What the current crop of comic-book action movies tells us about America's identity crisis
Is there a breed of person more tenderly optimistic, more winsomely hopeful for the best, more loyal to the possibility of good, than the American summer moviegoer?
By: JAMES PARKER  |  July 09, 2008


Gimme some truth

In praise of Ultimate Fighting
Can it be a coincidence, I ask rhetorically, that we have all of a sudden become very interested in watching highly trained men smack the shit out of each other?
By: JAMES PARKER  |  June 25, 2008



Only Living Witness at the Middle East Downstairs, June 21, 2008
Thirteen years is a long time in heavy metal, but as the eerie distended melody of Only Living Witness filled the Middle East downstairs on Saturday, time flickered and then collapsed.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  June 24, 2008


Black Gold digs the crude

Oiled up
If the poet John Milton were with us today and casting about for a theme epic enough to engage his imagination, I am confident that he would settle on oil .
By: JAMES PARKER  |  June 10, 2008


The great American (office) novel

Thirteen fictional perspectives on your 9-5
They are coming regularly now, like buses, like bulletins — the great office novels of the 21st century.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  June 06, 2008


Second thoughts

Amis yes and no
Amis hasn’t had this much press since he fell out with Julian Barnes.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  June 03, 2008


Mile-high schlub

We recall the 10 things we miss most from the Golden Age of Air Travel
Look your children in the eye, globetrotter, and tell them the truth: the Golden Age of Air Travel is over.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  May 21, 2008


Revolution (age) 9

Brookline Music School at Northeastern's Blackman Theatre, May 11
Brookline Music School Takes On “The White Album”
By: JAMES PARKER  |  May 14, 2008


Going ape

Animal Planet’s Escape to Chimp Eden
The truth is the truth, and we hacks must face up to it: it is no longer amusing to come up with ideas for hypothetical reality shows.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  May 12, 2008


Springtime for Darwin

The wars of evolution are louder than ever. What Ben Stein, Bad Religion, and a physics professor from Quincy can tell you about where you came from.
There are two stories, and two stories only.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  May 07, 2008


The T and the Tube

London’s Underground is seething with danger. Boston’s T has cuckoo juice
From time to time, upon discovering that I moved here from my native London, a well-meaning Bostonian will make the conciliatory observation that our two cities are not, after all, so very different.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  April 30, 2008


Where raccoons dare

Our correspondent takes a walk on the Wildlife-Removal side.
Dark eyes in the darkness; quick, narrow hands working at an entrance; then the coarse slither of a heavy body through the freshly made hole.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  April 09, 2008



Searching for perfect health care
“In America,” says Hong-Jen Chang politely, “it’s not really a . . . a system you can copy. It’s a market."
By: JAMES PARKER  |  April 08, 2008


Excuse them while they kiss the sky

The Boredoms at the Paradise Rock Club, March 29, 2008
A friend of mine has a six-year-old son who has named each of his testicles. He calls one “Earth” and the other “Space.”
By: JAMES PARKER  |  April 01, 2008


Real to reel

The exquisite artifice and lasting weirdoid-ness of Roxy Music
Even now, after Greil Marcus’s Lipstick Traces and Simon Reynolds’s Rip It Up and Start Again , the rock-star-as-vector-of-ideas is still something of a challenge for us.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  April 01, 2008

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