Table of contents for week of December 3, 2004|
NEWS & FEATURES
During the 2004 presidential campaign, progressive darling MoveOn.org revolutionized the political use of the Internet and became, for many, the embodiment of the embattled American left. But the vaunted organization failed to realize its most ambitious goals, and now MoveOn's role in the next Democratic transformation is far from clear. Adam Reilly takes a look.
Deirdre Fulton talks with comedian, author, and activist Barry Crimmins, who believes the current government demands a lot of criticism. His new book of political essays, Never Shake Hands with a War Criminal, just might encourage some lefties to raise their voices.
For a few days, the video clip of an American Marine shooting an unarmed insurgent in the head seemed destined to become one of the Iraq War's signature images. But instead it's slowly fading from the public eye - a disappearing act that Dan Kennedy says reveals much about the nation's evolving attitude toward war.
Jason Vest says that if there's one thing on which both supporters and critics of the new CIA chief can agree, it's that the departure of several agency veterans is only the beginning of the personnel fallout - and ominous culture shift - likely to trouble the agency under Porter Goss's leadership.
Once upon a time, Al Aronowitz knew everyone. Now, Mike Miliard visits the "Blacklisted Journalist" alone in his New Jersey apartment, and listens as the man who introduced Bob Dylan to the Beatles looks back.
Think you know all the players at Fenway Park? Tamara Wieder says you should think again.
Scott Getchel sketches out Playing Mary.
In "Savage Love," Dan Savage on sex and the occasional relationship.
In "Out There," Alan Olifson on turning over a new (year's) leaf.
In "Urban Buy," Darcy Heitzke gets holiday carded.
In the Phoenix editorial, the federal courts continue to defend free expression and personal liberty - but a proposed Republican power grab threatens that.
Letters to the editor
Plus, this just in:
IRAQ VERSUS THE MEDIA
Seeing the big picture
Jacques vs. Barrios?
Gay-marriage foes spin their wheels
Hosler hits the road
MBTA must say yes to drugs
In Galleries and Museums, Stephen Prina and Roni Horn at the Carpenter Center, art from Providence at Rotenberg,'Little Things' at Space 200
In Classical, A weekend full of literary music
In Theater, Tim Robbins's Gang comes to town
In Performance, Revels goes French-Canadian
Matt Ashare says With the Lights Out is not merely a greatest-hits package or retrospective, but a revealing look inside the musical mess that was Nirvana.
Sean Richardson talks with Isis and checks out the new disc from their Massmetal Headbangers Ball fellow travelers Diecast.
Ken Micallef listens to A Perfect Circle's vein-squeezing, goth-prog take on protest and anti-war classics.
With Adam and Leonard Cohen releasing new albums within days of each other, Mac Randall has the opportunity to talk to the younger Cohen about two generations of one notable musical family.
As Elvis Costello continues to pursue multiple genres, Jon Garelick takes a look the artist's latest releases - one rock, one classical.
Adam Gold on the New Deal's spontaneous improvisations that blend electronica with a jazz and jam-band æsthetic.
Live reviews of: Kenny Garrett & Pharoah Sanders
, Jane Birkin and Bill Frisell Trio.
Also, short reviews of:
ALIVE AT RED ROCKS DVD
MY COUNTRY II EP
Tegan and Sara
HEAD FOR THE DOOR
THE WAY I WERE
LOVE. ANGEL. MUSIC. BABY.
...and Roadtripping: Dynamite Club.
BY CARLY CARIOLI
Steve Vineberg looks at the Harvard Film Archive's "Ingmar Bergman: Early Works" and likes what he sees.
Chris Fujiwara says that Samuel Fuller's restored WW2 epic The Big Red One is finally the masterpiece it was intended to be.
Gerald Peary recalls a conversation with director Sam Fuller.
Also, short reviews of:
WMD: WEAPONS OF MASS DECEPTION
SCÈNES INTIMES/SEX IS COMEDY
Carolyn Clay eats up what John Kuntz serves in the Lyric Stage Company's Fully Committed.
Sally Cragin gets ready for writer/director/Oscar winner Tim Robbins's Embedded, a comedy/drama focusing on the Iraq War, to Northeastern University next weekend.
Jeffrey Gantz previews this year's French-Canadian themed Christmas Revels.
Christopher Millis applauds the incongruous sculpture of Jill Slosburg-Ackerman and Steve Hollinger.
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES - ALL DURESSED UP:
Randi Hopkins on Stephen Prina and Roni Horn at the Carpenter Center, art from Providence at Rotenberg, and "Little Things" at Space 200.
Jeffrey Gantz takes a look at four new Shakespeare studies that put the Bard's best foot forward.
Ted Drozdowski checks out a biography of Howlin' Wolf that cuts through the mythology of Wolf as a bad-ass monster.
Joyce Millman says, HBO's Peter Sellers looks for the man behind the masks; also, The Librarian is overdue.
HOTDOTS: WEDNESDAY 8: 9:00 (5) Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2004. Did Osama make the cut? Bet John Kerry didn't. We do get Oprah, Donald Trump, Paris Hilton, Michael Moore, Usher, and GOP pitcher Curt Schilling and more.
By Clif Garboden
Dining Out: Brookline Family Restaurant
On the Cheap: Cancun Express
Noshing and Sipping: He’Brew’s Miraculous Jewbelation
Digital Photography Guide
The Best 2004
Liquid - Fall 2004
Education Section 2004
Best Music Poll 2004