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Twenty-nine-year-old Buddhist teacher Lodro Rinzler is the cool kid's Buddhist.

The sound of one hand clapping
In his new book, Rinzler spells out mindful compassion for the millennial set, making room for one-night stands and cocktails on the weekend.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  February 08, 2012


Rage against the Stool

Knocking Out Blackout
Even behind the wall of semi-anonymity provided by blogs and Internet message boards, some rules still apply.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 08, 2012


New vision for the Esplanade

Urban Affairs
On February 9, Boston is due to get an eye-popping new look at one of the city's oldest, most beloved public spaces — the Charles River Esplanade.
By: JON GARELICK  |  February 01, 2012


Will Governor Patrick strike out?

Full Count Dept.
Governor Deval Patrick used part of Monday's State of the Commonwealth address to break his public silence on pending law-enforcement legislation.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 25, 2012


The cost of open courseware

MITx Files
MIT's announcement last month of a new online certification program made national news.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 20, 2012


Elizabeth Warren's new chapter

Going for Broke
A book about middle-class bankruptcy, being published this week, includes a chapter co-authored by US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 11, 2012


Romney rambles on

Mediocre in the Midwest
Republicans are aflame with urgency about removing Barack Obama from the White House, but they just can't seem to get enthused about any of the available replacements.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 05, 2012

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Occupy First Night

New year, same Occupy
If the Boston Police Department had undercover officers embedded in the Occupy Boston First Night operation, they would have found a whole mess of juicy goods to bring back to the Suffolk County district attorney's office.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 04, 2012


Opera Boston shuts down

Fat Lady Sings Dept.
Fat Lady Sings Dept.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 30, 2011


Waiting to exhale

Breath the buzz
A nervous little chill ran through me as I stared at the Chapstick-size tube sitting on my desk.
By: CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  December 28, 2011


Letter to an Old Contrarian

Christopher Hitchens, 1949–2011
Most of the classes I had with Christopher Hitchens began the same way.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 21, 2011


The Phoenix's Greatest Hits of 2011

Self-Aggrandizement Dept.
We have to admit it: we're a little bit awesome. It's true.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 21, 2011


Name that non-lethal weapon

Police state
When Boston Police stormed Dewey Square last week in an early morning raid, arresting protesters and destroying the last of Occupy Boston's tent city, they brought with them a frightening, seldom-used weapon.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  December 14, 2011


Mass Takes Back the Capitol

Brown out
Social activists haven't reached Scott Brown by picketing his Boston office on New Sudbury Street.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 07, 2011


Looney Tunes' three decades of vinyl bliss

Right round baby right round
Among the faded LP sleeves crowding the Boylston-facing windows of Looney Tunes Records is a carefully hand-lettered sign written in black marker: "33 1/3 YEAR BIRTHDAY SALE. EVERY ITEM 33 1/3 % OFF LIST PRICE."
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 07, 2011


'Major' free-speech flap at Suffolk Law

Humbug or holiday cheer for US troops?
On Veterans Day, Suffolk Law School gave us a lesson in the glories — and pitfalls — that come with living with a legal and moral tradition of free speech. Unfortunately, US Army Reserves Major Bob Roughsedge failed to learn it.


Creating 'living monuments' to young lives lost

Stop the violence
Fliers adorning folding chairs at the Fourth Wall Project displayed the evening's mantra in their first sentence: This is not a party.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  November 23, 2011


Revisiting Nixon in China

Grand Opera and Anti-Opera
To celebrate the forthcoming 25th anniversary of the opera Nixon in China , its three creators gathered last Tuesday afternoon on the stage of Harvard's Loeb Drama Center (home of the A.R.T.) to discuss their landmark opus.
By: LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 22, 2011


After the occupation

From Oakland to New York, city police departments and their elected overlords are crushing lawful Occupy movements in their midst.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  November 16, 2011


City Elections

New Boston's big day
In practical terms, Tuesday's city elections changed very little in Boston.
By: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 09, 2011


Keeping the chitlin' circuit alive in the land of the bean and the cod

Dept. of Soul
They call it the "chitlin' circuit": a network of roadhouses and theaters across the South, where for decades mostly black musicians and comedians have played to mostly black audiences.
By: NOAH SCHAFFER  |  November 02, 2011

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