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Scarlet letters

The uptight killjoy in us
Sarah Vowell’s fifth book, The Wordy Shipmates (Riverhead) — released on October 7 — examines New England Puritans with a meticulously researched, critical-yet-comical eye.  
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  October 09, 2008


Couple of Mavericks

The Dodos at the MFA, October 2, 2008
Whereas Sarah Palin spewed folksy, confused verbiage, the Dodos played endearingly folk-y music for a stuffed Remis Auditorium.  
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  October 08, 2008


Mobile-home game

Cross the Mayor of Lansdowne Street at your peril, Sox fans: you might be jinxing your team in the process
The intersection of Brookline Avenue and Lansdowne Street, in the hours before, during, and after a Red Sox game, is not unlike a trading floor on pre-crash Wall Street: it’s chaotic, teeming with people, and everyone’s trying to make a buck.  
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  October 01, 2008


Ask me anything

A  free instant answer to any question is just a text away. But what do ChaCha’s guides have that , say, librarians don’t?
It used to be that, if you had a burning question, you had to a) ask your mom; b) consult a Magic 8 Ball; or c) trek to the top of a mountain to seek out a sagacious, all-knowing guru.
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  September 03, 2008


Unhinging the binge

Some drinks are just too good to chug
I have a possible solution for the binge-drinking quandary: be more discerning about what you pour down your throat.
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  August 21, 2009


Three’s a charm

The 802 Tour at the Museum of Fine Arts, August 24, 2008
Muhly, Amidon, and Bartlett are all VT-to-NY transplants and long-time collaborators.
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  August 26, 2008


White walls, black paint

Street art looking fine
Not long after walking into the Distillery Gallery on a Monday evening, Thomas Buildmore removes two painted-over NO PARKING signs that had been screwed into the wall. “This show isn’t about street art,” he says.
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  August 20, 2008


BarCasting about

Beer and Cheesecake
The inside of the Silhouette Lounge in Allston is a bit like a pinball machine.
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  August 06, 2008


Fast and dirty

No Age at the Middle East Downstairs, July 14, 2008
Experienced live, No Age’s songs feel like quick jabs of noise penned for the type of careless, rebellious summers that exist only in movies like Dazed and Confused .
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  July 21, 2008


Socks appeal

Drag kings flip the script on gender impersonation. We go undercover to get to the meat of the matter.
Rico swaggers down the aisle of the Art House Theatre in Provincetown, oozing confidence and brazenly flirting with the cheering women who’ve claimed every available seat for the sold-out show.
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  July 09, 2008


Slideshow: Reflections in Exile at the NCAAA

 "Five Contemporary African Artists Respond to Social Injustice"
Artwork from "Reflections In Exile: Five Contemporary African Artists Respond To Social Injustice" at the National Center for Afro-American Artists.
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  July 31, 2008


Blouse party

White Williams stops by Urban Outfitters
Joe Williams, the waify mastermind, is childlike in performance, all long eyelashes and restless feet.
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  May 27, 2008


Don't go there

Local bike-mapping web sites help riders navigate Boston's treacherous traffic
Biking in Boston is a venture rife with obstacles — my daily, 2.4 mile commute between home in Cambridge and work near Fenway is proof of that.
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  May 09, 2008


LOL in the family

Post-roflcon antics at the East
Rick Rolling made real before our eyes? This truly was a special night.
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  April 29, 2008


Tweens of yore

Blogging the Baby-Sitters Club
At age eight, Kimberly Hutt sent a manuscript to Scholastic Corporation.
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  April 23, 2008


White Hinterland

Phylactery Factory | Dead Oceans
In January, Scituate native Casey Dienel blogged: “For the present and foreseeable future, there won’t be any more Casey Dienel.”
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  April 22, 2008


Two great tastes

Hallelujah the Hills + Ho-Ag at Great Scott, April 12, 2008
For a few moments during Hallelujah the Hills’ EP release show on Saturday, everything seemed to dissolve into blissful madness.
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  April 15, 2008


No loss for words

Synonymous with pretense
Roget felt his life’s mission was to “bring order to the world,” via “clear communication.”
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  March 19, 2008


Online cameraderie

Photo net gain
It was a photo of six tan friends — lounging around a table littered with bottles and cups on a shady deck, apparently enjoying vodka and lemonade — that spurred Matt Prepost to action in January.
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  March 05, 2008


Winner takes all

Inside the prize-filled trophy home of a seemingly obsessive-compulsive contest enterer
Tom Wethern’s house brims with more prizes than the free-toy wing at the Cracker Jack factory.
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  February 07, 2008


Sex and (comic) sensibilities

Dirty pictures
Josie and the Pussycats were sexy for cartoons, but they were a fairly chaste trio — too shy to appear in full-frontal shower scenes.
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  January 30, 2008

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