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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


Merry Christmas . . . not

Passive-aggressive gifts for the asshole who has everything
A holiday gift should say something about the giver.
By: SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  December 10, 2007


Just for him or her

Personalized gifts they have to keep
This goes well beyond engraved pen sets and monogrammed napkins.
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  December 10, 2007


To winter

Lines upon the death of the year
Lines upon the death of the year
By: JAMES PARKER  |  December 16, 2008


Mutiny in Heaven

Philip Pullman ’ s fantasy novels are condemned as a crash course in militant atheism. But one BU professor thinks otherwise.
It is a truth now well established that the idea for a series of books about a schoolboy wizard did not , in fact, originate with its author, J.K. Rowling (as she has naively claimed), but was piped up red-hot and stinking from Below.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  December 06, 2007


Give a goat for $150

Earth-friendly charities
The holiday season is traditionally a time of wonder and wastefulness.
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  December 05, 2007


His pants were so on fire

Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
Lines upon learning that former White House press secretary Scott McClellan will be publishing a memoir in 2008
By: JAMES PARKER  |  December 16, 2008


Without a stain on his character

Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
Lines in defense of Judge Roy Pearson, who lost a $54 million lawsuit against his dry cleaner and has now lost his job
By: JAMES PARKER  |  December 16, 2008


Used but not abused

Are you afflicted with mall madness? Escape the suburban mobs at these 11 incredible vintage stores
The Maginot Line of vintage clothing is most assuredly underwear.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  November 20, 2007


Free culture: what it is, why it matters

Copyright reform in the digital age
“Copyright law has successfully stopped artists in the past from releasing sample-based works, but I don't think anything could stop me from making it," says Gregg Gillis, a/k/a Girl Talk.
By: JOE BERNARDI  |  November 19, 2007


Not shipping up to Boston

Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
Lines upon learning that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will not, as previously rumored, be making a stop in Boston during his upcoming visit to the US
By: JAMES PARKER  |  November 14, 2007


Insane fun

New England resorts embrace extreme skiing and riding
You don't have to go to the Rockies or the Alps or jump out of a helicopter skis-first to get a chilling thrill this winter.
By: ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  November 14, 2007


In a bit of a jam

The follow-up to video-game smash Guitar Hero lets everybody play — even the weakest link
To suck at an electronic endeavor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, of all places, is analogous to sucking at, say, making soup at cooking school.
By: RYAN STEWART  |  November 14, 2007


If we had our way . . .

Three wishes for improving winter sports in New England
However tempting, I do not wish for movie stars.
By: ELLEE DEAN  |  November 14, 2007


If looks could thrill

Graphic design meets boards and twin tips
The world of snow sports merges with the world of art in completely unique way.
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  November 14, 2007


Eco quiz!

How green are you?
How green are you?
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  November 08, 2007


Bat bummer

Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
Lines upon learning that the actor Christian Bale, playing Batman in a new movie, has been unable to perform stunts in the waters of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor due to high pollution levels
By: JAMES PARKER  |  December 16, 2008


Green is the new black

How to be socially responsible in a $240 pair of pants
Approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used and discarded worldwide each year.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  November 08, 2007


Black + Gold go green

Offsides and offsets
As a kid in his native Alberta,  NHL defenseman Andrew Ference was always outdoors — like a lot of Canadian kids, he loved snowboarding, skiing, and skating.
By: SEAN KERRIGAN  |  November 07, 2007


Greased lightning

Powering the anti – fossil fuel revolution, one fried catfish at a time
Oil has been discovered in a Brighton backyard.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  December 16, 2008


Trash talk

Who knew recycling, shorter showers, and organic spinach could cause such angst?
Trash night. Trash night, trash night, trash night. Abfallnacht , as they probably call it in Germany.
By: JAMES PARKER  |  November 07, 2007

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