the politics of hatred

What to say about the shootings in Tuscon that you haven’t already heard or felt? As of the time of this posting, Sarah Palin’s Facebook page still shows her infamous crosshairs map, if… Continue reading

eat, gay, love

It’s no secret: straight women have been having platonic affairs with gay men for eons. Gay guys usually make an effort to take care of themselves. They look great. They dress well. They… Continue reading

zombie parenting

Caring for a child nowadays is a complicated affair. In olden times (pre-1995, before the Internet exploded), parents didn’t have to worry about finding their children in front of the family computer, playing… Continue reading

new year’s resolutions

Let 2011 go down as the year we rid ourselves of New Year’s resolutions. Let’s resolve to not make any more ridiculous promises, just because it’s a new year. Chances are you won’t… Continue reading

Geert’s gone Wilders

Geert Wilders, self-described “freedom fighter” and hypothetical Palin-Gingrich lovechild of the Netherlands, has just declared war on Dutch art and culture, zapping the country’s cultural and performing arts with some hefty cuts that… Continue reading

St. Francis and Zach

This is a reflective time of the year, when loved ones who aren’t around anymore are especially missed. In January 1997, my cousin Zach took his life on the day after his 18th… Continue reading

Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa

I caught Dweezil Zappa’s incredible show, “Zappa plays Zappa” at the House of Blues on Lansdowne Street in Boston last night. Frank Zappa was a mad musical genius, a legendary guitarist, a star-brother… Continue reading

Julian Assange: Man of the Year

Its readers spoke, but Time magazine didn’t listen. Julian Assange topped Time’s Readers’ Choice poll (Mark Zuckerberg grabbed the #10 spot), but the editors chose the guy with half a billion friends instead… Continue reading

Black Swan

Are you ready to watch a ballet-thriller? When my friend Michele Baker texted me, “Should I do Black Swan or 127 Hours?” for her talk at the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s “Off the Couch”… Continue reading

Fresh Ink

Catching a smaller-scale museum exhibition is a perfect thing to do if you want to soak up a quick dose of culture and don’t want to get overwhelmed by the whole museum thing… Continue reading