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Remembering Kevin

The paradox of the White years
Tuesday's Parkman House wake on Beacon Hill for former Boston Mayor Kevin H. White, who died last week at age 82 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease, was more than a tribute to the colorful and resilient politician who led the city during historic years of downtown rejuvenation and racial strife.
By PETER KADZIS  |  February 01, 2012


He's all Dwight

Remembering Dwight Macdonald's work
Throughout the 1940s, 50s, and '60s, Dwight Macdonald was one of the nation's most provocative and original literary, political, and cultural critics.
By PETER KADZIS  |  October 20, 2011


‘A Vast Wasteland' revisited

Newton Minow joins Harvard's digerati to ponder the digital future
Newton Minow joins Harvard's digerati to ponder the digital future
By PETER KADZIS  |  September 12, 2011

murdoch hackergate

Murdoch & Son

A Scandal of Vatican Proportions
In little more than two weeks, Murdoch's News International (NI) division, the maker and breaker of British prime ministers, has been humbled, and — by extension — its US-based parent, News Corporation, humiliated.
By PETER KADZIS  |  July 20, 2011


Science writer James Gleick explains the physics that define new media in the ongoing communications revolution

Information man
After reading James Gleick's imaginatively conceived and staggeringly researched new work, The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood , it is clear — to me at least — that Virginia Woolf needs updating.
By PETER KADZIS  |  April 15, 2011


Clif Garboden, 1948-2011

Clif Garboden, who spent virtually all of his professional career affiliated with the Boston Phoenix , died last week. He was 62.
By PETER KADZIS  |  February 17, 2011


Interview: Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley

The new kid
Age 31, recently elected Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley is a member of a new generation of local politicos who are more at home in coffee bars than in smoke-filled rooms.
By PETER KADZIS  |  December 08, 2010


Interview: Matt Taibbi

On Griftopia, Goldman Sachs, and his writing process
Matt Taibbi can make a snake bite funny.
By PETER KADZIS  |  November 09, 2010


'Obama’s Wars' by Bob Woodward

The inside scoop — so far
The inside scoop — so far
By PETER KADZIS  |  September 24, 2010


ArtsEmerson's sophisticated street cred

The renovated Paramount Center gives Boston a new intellectual anchor
Connoisseurs and casual consumers this season will enjoy two debuts that will instantly redefine the depth and breadth of the Boston arts experience.
By PETER KADZIS  |  September 15, 2010


Afghanistan: The war that's killing us

Interview: Former Army colonel and current Boston University professor Andrew Bacevich explains why staying is a big mistake
For several years now, I've been reading Andrew Bacevich's articles and books that argue for a reimagination of how American government conceives of and executes foreign policy.
By PETER KADZIS  |  August 02, 2010


Worse than Afghanistan

Mainstream media flunks again
At almost the same moment that Rolling Stone was reordering the political landscape with its devastating profile of the now-resigned Afghanistan commander General Stanley McChrystal, a smaller, lesser-known political monthly, The American Conservative (TAC), was publishing a blockbuster that by all rights should have had an even bigger impact.
By PETER KADZIS  |  June 30, 2010

High-octane coverage

The Huffington Post owns Gulf coverage; plus, that Hitchens memoir
Despite admirable wall-to-wall coverage from the national mainstream press and unusually in-depth reports from network television and cable, the Huffington Post has emerged as perhaps the single best go-to source for developing news and wide-ranging commentary about the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
By PETER KADZIS  |  June 07, 2010


Interview: Newsweek's Evan Thomas

Thomas discusses his new book, The War Lovers
"If you’re too slow and you lose the reader, it doesn’t matter what length the book is. You’ve got to engage the reader early and keep going. Campaigns are wonderfully suited to this because they’re thrilling quest stories."
By PETER KADZIS  |  May 13, 2010


Meet Evan Thomas

The parallel careers of Newsweek's premier wordsmith
Narrative is the throughline in the professional life of Evan Thomas.
By PETER KADZIS  |  May 13, 2010


Twilight of the superheroes

The ghost of Time Inc.’s Henry Luce haunts Bill Keller, Executive Editor of the New York Times
While riding the New York subway one warm night in 1922, Hotchkiss-schooled, Yale-educated Henry Robinson Luce conjured the name of his epoch-defining magazine after spotting an arresting advertising placard.
By PETER KADZIS  |  April 28, 2010


Is Murdoch’s WSJ being snubbed?

Pulitzers by the numbers
This year’s Pulitzer Prize box score has the Washington Post taking four prizes (international reporting, feature writing, commentary, and criticism) and the New York Times snagging three (explanatory, national, and investigative reporting).
By PETER KADZIS  |  April 14, 2010


Raven Used Books to nest on Newbury

When some years ago John Petrovato decided to make a career change, he swapped the insecurity of playing bass in a New Jersey–based indie-rock band for the uncertainty of selling used books in Montague, Massachusetts, a mill town on the banks of the Connecticut River not far from Springfield.
By PETER KADZIS  |  March 17, 2010


You're all guilty!

In his new book, Three Felonies A Day , Harvey Silverglate dissects the corrupt justice practiced by federal prosecutors
Silverglate's thesis is as provocative as it is simple: justice has become sufficiently perverted in this nation that federal prosecutors, if they put their minds to it, could find a way to indict almost any one of us for almost anything. It is a truly radical notion.
By PETER KADZIS  |  September 28, 2009


Interview: P.J. O'Rourke

Taking a spin: Driving like Crazy  is travel writing in the classic tradition of Robert Byron.
"Bringing government in to run the car companies is like saying, 'Dad burned dinner, let's get the dog to cook.' "
By PETER KADZIS  |  June 17, 2009
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