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Radio clowns

How freeform Internet radio is giving voice to the strange, the crass, and the stoned
A hooker, an axe murderer, two white supremacists, and a little girl with pigtails are discussing their differences on air.  
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 12, 2011

DIY bicycle helmut fashion

Protecting your dome in DIY fashion

HELL is other people
Kelly Wallace was only 23 years old when a car struck her bike and killed her at the corner of Harvard Avenue and Cambridge Street in Allston. Her death came only one month after her friend Gordon Riker was also tragically killed by a car while biking.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  May 11, 2011

boston bike share program at Tufts University

An interview with the co-founder of Tufts Bikes

Heller on wheels
While Boston's Hubway program was announced at the end of April to great fanfare, Tufts senior Daniel Heller beat them to the punch with a campus-centric bike-sharing program, Tufts Bikes (, which launched on April 1.
By: MIKE GOETZMAN  |  May 09, 2011

mayor menino's new hubway bicycle sharing program in boston

Boston's new hubway system could transform how you get around town

Learning to share
On April 21, amid a throng of cyclists gathered at City Hall Plaza, Boston Mayor Tom Menino announced that the city had just inked a deal to institute a bike-sharing system that would be operational by mid-summer this year.
By: TOM MEEK  |  May 09, 2011

cool bikes in boston

Does the bike of your dreams offer more than just a shiny frame?

Pretty bikes
We found seven of the sweetest-looking city bikes under $1000. Are they any good? We sat down with a local bike guru (who wished to be identified only as the Phantom Mechanic) to get his expert views.  
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 10, 2011


Photos: Insane Clown Posse's Juggalo cruise

Dark Carnival Cruise Lines
The Insane Clown Posse host 300 Juggalos on a cruise down the East River in New York City. Read " On the good ship Juggalo " by Eugenia Williamson for details.
By: AMBER DREA  |  May 06, 2011

the minuteman bike trail in cambridge, arlington and lexington

A trek through the Minuteman Trail

The Road More Travelled
Years ago, when I was a completely out-of-shape cycling novice, I had a vague dream of someday riding my bike the entire length of the Minuteman Bike Path — a 10-mile trail that starts in Cambridge, winds through Arlington and Lexington, and ends in Bedford.
By: RYAN STEWART  |  May 09, 2011

handcrafted bicycles show recap

Boston's handcrafted bicycle movement goes to Austin

High on bikes
The seventh annual North American Handmade Bicycle Show hit Texas the last weekend of February, crowding the Austin Convention Center with beautiful handcrafted bicycles, many of them made in Massachusetts.  
By: JOSHUA KAMPA  |  May 09, 2011


Drinking with family

Conversation and community in the bars of Southie and Dorchester
When I moved from Cambridge to Southie five years ago, the quality of my barroom conversations immediately skyrocketed.
By: LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  May 09, 2011


On the good ship Juggalo

Dark Carnival Cruise Lines
I spent the wee hours of Saturday morning bobbing along the East River with the Insane Clown Posse. Check out the photos here .
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 09, 2011



Worried about writing that thesis? Turns out writing could be the least of your problems.
I knew a man pursuing a PhD in literature. His dissertation had to do with humor as a form of dissent in 20th-century literature. And how enthused he was at first! How passionate and excited.
By: NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  April 27, 2011


Oh, the Humanities

6,574,357 hours of scholarship
The data contained within the following illustration represents the most common words found in the titles of more than 150 doctoral theses in the humanities and social sciences published in 2010.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 27, 2011


Photos: Anime Boston 2011

Anime Boston | Hynes Convention Center | April 22-24, 2011
Anime Boston , winner of the Best Nerd Gathering  award in the Phoenix Best 2011, takes over the Hynes Convention Center on April 22-24, 2011.
By: ANDREW MCFARLAND  |  April 26, 2011

gilbert list

Gilbert Gottfried reflects

Talk dirty to me
Gilbert Gottfried's speaking voice is nothing like the outsized, grating scream with which he says things like, "The only way Hugh Hefner can get stiff is through rigor mortis."  
By: ROB TURBOVSKY  |  April 27, 2011

Your top places to eat, drink, shop and party in Boston

The Best

 Your top 100+ places to eat, drink, shop & party in Boston!
The votes are in! Explore this year's Best categories for your picks and ours.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 25, 2011


Photos: ''Talk Nerdy 2 Me'' with Rogue Burlesque

"Talk Nerdy 2 Me" | Middlesex Lounge | April 13, 2011
Rogue Burlesque presents "Talk Nerdy 2 Me" at the Middlesex Lounge on April 13, 2011.
By: ANDREW MCFARLAND  |  April 15, 2011


Does this book make me look smart?

Somervillian mocks the cult of David Foster Wallace with Tumblr-tastic 'People Holding Infinite Jest'
The first and only complete passage of Infinite Jest Chris Braiotta ever read was tattooed on somebody's calf.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 13, 2011

Dave Tomkin's favorite music

Dave Tompkins's Greatest Hits

"Fire crate" favorites
Ever since Dave Tompkins had his storied collection of arcane vinyl mauled by a ruthless gang of wide-eyed jakes, the esteemed hip-hop scribe has kept a "fire crate" next to his apartment door in case disaster strikes again.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 20, 2011

Boston Phoenix interview with Lynda Barry

Lynda Barry in search of the image world

Drawing the line
Drawing the line
By: S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  April 13, 2011

pillow fight in cambridge

Photos: World Pillow Fight Day 2011 at Cambridge Common

Another year, another epic battle
International Pillow Fight Day | Cambridge Common | April 2, 2011
By: ABIGAIL PETERSON  |  April 09, 2011

pitcher Curt Shilling

Talking the art of pitching with Theo, Schill, and Peter Gammons

Payoff pitch
There's a saying in baseball: you can never have too much pitching. If that's the case, you've come to the right place.  
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 07, 2011

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