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It’s so different here

Savoring the challenges of spending all four college years abroad
Sometimes living and studying abroad can feel like running a marathon with a backpack full of bricks.
By: MARY GARBODEN  |  January 18, 2008


Plunder, pillage, and profit

A provocative new book suggests big business could learn from piracy and youth culture
When Napster, invented by a Northeastern freshman, threw the music industry into chaos in 1999, Steve Jobs didn’t panic. He saw an opportunity.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  January 16, 2008


Strip club

Underwear underground
Do not show up unless you plan to take your pants off. This includes media.
By: IAN SANDS  |  January 16, 2008


Brain gloss

Two new Boston mags aimed at women beg the question, why not the perfect women's magazine?
The merger of thought and glossy spreads of girls in streaming, DIY couture.
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  January 15, 2008


Presidential Primary pinball

Please insert $100,000,000
Please insert $100,000,000
By: DAVID KISH  |  January 09, 2008


Ten new careers for Bill Gates

Here are some jobs Mr. Gates could pursue.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  January 09, 2008


Defending the universally loathed

The Phoenix looks with loving eyes at some of the worst people, places, and things in the world — and gives them a big hug
Forsaken entities deserve a second chance.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 14, 2008


The bottom of the barrel

Could be verse: the wrenching finale
Lines upon the suspension, for reasons astrological, mechanical, and dietary, of the ‘Could Be Verse’ franchise.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  December 16, 2008


Browsing ahead

You can’t do much when you’re dead   — but you can still send e-mail. That’s just one Internet innovation that will loom large in 2008
All that online talk (nine billion Google hits and counting) notwithstanding, “Web 3.0” won’t be happening any time soon.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  December 26, 2007


It parade

In 2008, novels turn to fairies, fashion goes faux green, and Star Trek  gets all 90210
There is a moment, at the end of a beauty pageant, when the previous year’s winner is forced to place the sparkling crown on a new champion’s head.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  December 26, 2007


You light up my litter tray

Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
Lines upon learning that South Korean scientists, by manipulating a fluorescent protein gene, have produced cloned cats that glow in the dark.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  December 19, 2007


The complete rules of ‘playing guys’

A grown-up six year old shares with adults the warrior’s code of action figures
I’d like to establish once and for all the rules of a game that adults have for too long perceived as a random activity — namely, “Playing Guys.”
By: STEVE MACONE  |  December 19, 2007


Snowed Inn

How the Pine Street Inn helps people come in out of the cold
Six inches of snow had fallen by 5:30 last night, and Boston’s homeless crowded the entrances to Pine Street Inn in Roxbury.
By: KATHY MARTINEZ  |  December 14, 2007


They shall not pass gas

Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
Lines upon learning that scientists have recently isolated methane-mitigating microbes in the intestinal lining of the kangaroo, and plan to replicate them in cattle to reduce the emission of “cow-created” greenhouse gas
By: JAMES PARKER  |  December 16, 2008


The art of cause

A T-shirt designer on a mission
Michael Crigler is something of a mini-celebrity in artsy Boston circles.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  December 12, 2007


Wikipedia rules

Wikipedia doubled its number of articles in just 18 months. But who are the “Wikipediots” writing them? And why do they do it?
The ancient Library at Alexandria, once the largest on Earth, housed perhaps 500,000 volumes.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  December 12, 2007


The princess bride

Disney weds girlish fantasy with adult desire for, er, girlish fantasy
When it comes to weddings, at this point in my life, I have no idea what I should want.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  December 12, 2007


She's crafty

Indie music and the internet have fueled an arts-and-crafts renaissance that would puzzle your grandmother
What would Grandma say?
By: GEORGIANA COHEN  |  December 10, 2007


The other side of the mountain

New winter-sport challenges for snow-klutzes and hotshots
If you don’t ski or snowboard, winter is the longest, loneliest season.
By: ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  December 10, 2007


Great Scotch is nothing new

Put a bow around the water of life this Christmas
In 1969, in Ballindalloch, in the Speyside region of Scotland's north coast, the master distiller at Glenlivet filled 10 wooden casks with raw and fiery whisky.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  December 10, 2007


Loving abuse

No one can be ruder than your family, and the holidays provide the perfect stage for the kindest cuts of all
Oh, the holidays.
By: KARA BASKIN  |  December 10, 2007

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