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Carrie Brownstein and Wild Flag

Carrie Brownstein waves the Wild Flag

Clean slate
Last December, the Portland Mercury announced that Wild Flag would play the Bunk Bar. Carrie Brownstein -- Wild Flag singer and guitarist, Sleater-Kinney alum, and star of the IFC sit-com Portlandia -- saw the write-up online.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 02, 2011

Betsaida Gutiérrez mourns the passing of the Hi-Lo.

The shadow of Whole Foods falls upon JP

There Goes the Neighborhood
"I can no longer see my friends when I go to the supermarket. . . . Jamaica Plain is for us, not for the rich people."
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 02, 2011


Lamb Jam Thank You Ma'am

Our reporter eats meat. A lot of meat.
On February 20, eight women gathered in an anodyne conference room in the Charles Hotel to eat and pass judgment on 17 courses of lamb. I was one of them.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 07, 2011


How the Boston rock scene grew up, got real jobs, and became — Freemasons?

The all-seeing eye of rock and roll
The Masons of Amicable Lodge have tattoos curling out from under their button-down shirts. They wear giant rings and waist aprons that look like oversize satin envelopes. They wear ties and medals and amulets. They carry staffs. Each month, they gather to practice secret rituals in Porter Square.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 25, 2011


I did Sookie Stackhouse

A book snob reveals her whirlwind affair with America's favorite telepathic waitress
What is it about reading and falling in love that invites cliché. When I met Sookie Stackhouse, the heroine of Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire series, I didn't think much of her. She was right under my nose, but I was blind. But when I fell, oh, did I fall. I daresay Sookie had her way with me. She transformed a self-conscious reader of big, important novels into a dribbling paranormal romance hound. I'm still kind of bitter about it.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  February 15, 2011


Fake gays not protesting IFC-distributed rape film

Epic fail dept.
Last week, I got an e-mail with a real honker of a subject line: "Most Controversial Film — More Dangerous than Wikileaks?"
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  February 02, 2011


The man in the yellow fur coat

As the Boston Athenaeum stages an Edward Gorey retrospective, his biographer reflects on the artist's lasting legacy
The cultural critic Mark Dery worked as a clerk for Manhattan's Gotham Book Mart in the early '80s. One afternoon, he was taken by surprise.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  February 05, 2011


Getting nostalgic with the Dismemberment Plan

Has their time come?
One summer night, the Jewish Indie Rock King of Chicago announced he was off to see some band called the Dismemberment Plan.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 27, 2011


I was a teenage Sandinista

Deb Olin Unferth left college in the '80s to become a Communist Freedom Fighter. It didn't quite work out that way.
As a freshman philosophy major at the University of Colorado, Deb Olin Unferth fell in love with a junior named George. A pious Evangelical, George felt it was his duty to help his Communist brethren in Central America fight against their capitalist oppressors. So he did, and Unferth went with him.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 31, 2011


Highbrow smackdown: Writers prepare for Literary Death Match

Four writers enter, one writer leaves
Four writers participate in a Death Match. Though only one will emerge victorious, each will be heard.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 24, 2011


Interview: Christian Lander

Beyond the pale
With his first book, Stuff White People Like , and his blog of the same name, Christian Lander poked savage fun at the urban bourgeoisie. He hit a nerve and the bestseller list; it all culminated in an appearance on Conan .
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 18, 2011


HBO's Big Love shows us the inequalities in every marriage, writ large

Big Patriarchy
For four seasons and five years, HBO's Big Love has dominated the edgy-soap-opera niche once inhabited by Six Feet Under .
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 12, 2011


Review: And Everything Is Going Fine

Want to know more about Spaulding Gray? Don't start here.
Want to know more about Spaulding Gray? Don't start here.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 11, 2011


Phantom Gourmet kisses ass, defends Upper Crust

Bitter aftertaste
The day after Christmas, those who follow the Phantom Gourmet's Facebook feed were treated to a provocative status update.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 06, 2011


13 must-attend readings of winter 2011

Writers fight the good fight at local book events
Winter is dreadful. Books are the opposite. We offer you the following author events as antidotes to sedentary overeating and bad television.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 04, 2011


2010: The year in Nic Cage

365 days of pure trumpet-sharing, fishseks-pondering, velvet-ceilinged madness
Around two minutes into Carter Burwell's arrangement of the banjo standard "Way Out There" (known to most of us as the theme from Raising Arizona ), the melody, heretofore whistled and yodeled over wild and rambling little arpeggios, gives way to some familiar chords
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 22, 2010


2010: The year of Videogum

An interview with Gabriel Delahaye
In September, a video was bouncing around the Phoenix offices.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 22, 2010


Her Campus knows what girls want and isn't too shy to sell it to them

Brand aid
In her second vlog for Her Campus's New Balance "Fit for School" Campus Fitness Challenge, Emerson senior Cassidy Quinn Brettler sits on a gray couch against a plain white wall.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 15, 2010


Regretsfully yours: A holiday stroll through the bowels of Etsy with April Winchell (a/k/a Helen Killer)

It's the most garbage-ful time of the year
The only thing worse than giving a gift you made yourself? Giving a gift made by the folks catalogued on Regretsy.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 09, 2010


Boston's Best Indie Craft Fairs: Welcome to Craftghanistan

A never-ending quagmire of felted owls, twee pirates, and racy onesies
Indie craft fairs started cropping up in major cities roughly a decade ago, shortly after the Battle in Seattle and long before The New York Times began regularly using the word "hipster." Tired out from kicking in Starbucks windows, anti-corporate urban bohemians hunkered down with crochet hooks and some Oolong.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 08, 2010


The schlock opera of Peaches Christ Superstar

The last rubber
Peaches calls me from Berlin.
By: EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 07, 2010

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