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Table of contents for week of November 26, 2004


Dan Kennedy reads Seth Mnookin's new book, which offers the most incisive look yet at Howell Raines's disastrous reign at the New York Times, and how his top-down, egomaniacal, and intimidating management style allowed Jayson Blair to thrive and almost brought down one of the world's best newspapers.

Governor Romney's protestations notwithstanding, Massachusetts is facing a budget crisis. But Adam Reilly finds out no one on Beacon Hill has the nerve to speak the deplorable words that could solve the problem: tax hike.

As historians and constitutional scholars prepare to debate the legacy of Supreme Court chief justice William Rehnquist, the ugly truth of his segregationist past - and his lying attempts to hide it - should not be left out of the picture. David Bernstein reports.

Emboldened by George W. Bush's victory and the Republican Party's seeming mandate, Deirdre Fulton says right-wing anti-choice activists may soon mount an assault on reproductive rights - starting with Roe v. Wade.

By devoting four years of her life to her documentary, Growing Up Fast, and a 400-page nonfiction work of the same name, both about six teenage mothers raising children in Pittsfield, Joanna Lipper has become a bona fide expert on the subject. Camille Dodero learns more.

Tamara Wieder's Q&A with businessman and entrepreneur Roger Brown, who is taking on a new challenge - president of Berklee - and in the process is feeding his lifelong passion for music.

In "Savage Love," Dan Savage on sex and the occasional relationship.

In "Out There," Steve Almond discovers the unbridled joy of spending other people's money.

In "Urban Buy," Darcy Heitzke gets a leg up with socks and hosiery.

In the Phoenix editorial, The persecution of Providence reporter Jim Taricani shows why we need a federal shield law.

Letters to the editor

Moon Signs

Plus, this just in:

  • DEPT. OF WWJD? Would Jesus be labeled a terrorist if he returned today?
  • BUM RAP Portrait of the Artest
  • HONKIN’ MESS School-bus-driver contracts and the politics of bad feelings
  • HOMICIDES Not-so-special session
  • ON TV A troubling vision of Matthew Shepard
  • FAITHFUL FANS Writing the Sox’ storybook ending


    In Galleries and Museums, More on 'Contemporary Vernacular' at the PRC, and Caleb Sonik at Art Attack.

    In Classical, Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette at the BSO.

    In Theater, The ART gets provok'd by John Vanbrugh.

    In Performance, The Rockettes' Christmas Spectacular comes to Boston.


    The Pixies leader talks with Matt Ashare about the break-up, the reunion, and the band's return to Boston.

    Ted Drozdowski says the Boston punk scene is resurging, and decides the Lost City Angels are right in the middle of it.

    In their late-1990s heyday, the last thing anybody expected from rock degenerates Korn and Marilyn Manson was longevity. Yet here they are, celebrating 10 years of shock and awe. Sean Richardson listens to greatest-hits releases from each of the bands.

    Tony Ware checks in with French musicians Phoenix as they pack their bags for America.

    Jeffery Gantz listens to How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb and says that even after 25 years, there's still no rock band like U2.

    Chris Rucker puts Boston punk vets behind the lens.

    Kelly Davidson and Matt Teuten behind the velvet rope in Club Shots.

    Live reviews of: Jay-Z and The Short List Awards.

    Also, short reviews of:

  • Eminem ENCORE
  • 3 Inches of Blood ADVANCE AND VANQUISH
  • Camper Van Beethoven NEW ROMAN TIMES
  • David Thomas & Two Pale Boys 18 MONKEYS ON A DEAD MAN’S CHEST
  • They Might Be Giants THE SPINE

    ...and Roadtripping: The Pixies forsake Boston for Lowell, plus WBRU's holiday extravaganza and more. BY CARLY CARIOLI


    Whoever thought viewers would long for the old days when Oliver Stone would hit them over the head? Gary Susman says the director's epic bio-pic gets lost in the Middle East.

    Gerald Peary reports on Peter Sellers, his life and films, plus 'Living with Slim.'

    Also, short reviews of:


    FIRE AND ART: Carolyn Clay says Michael T. Weiss' fire-licked performance sparks the Huntington's Burn This.

    At Merrimack, Iris Fanger says Arthur Miller's The Price isn't right.

    Add a het-up if twangy collection of tunes and a beefed-up lesbian subtext to a close-to-verbatim rendering of the overcharged screenplay and you've got Johnny Guitar: The Musical. Carolyn Clay reports.

    Sally Cragin watches the ART get provok'd by John Vanbrugh.


    Iris Fanger gets ready for the Rockettes' Christmas Spectacular to arrive in Boston.


    Christopher Millis delights in moving pictures from George Nick and Ralph Hamilton at Gallery NAGA and the Kidder Smith Gallery.

    Randi Hopkins has more on 'Contemporary Vernacular' at the PRC, and Caleb Sonik at Art Attack.


    Douglas Wolk takes a look at comics from McSweeney's; and says Seth closes the Clyde Fans deal.

    Jon Garelick reads Philip Roth's The Plot Against America with a post-election mindset.


    HOTDOTS: SATURDAY 27 1:15 (2) Alone in the Wilderness. Seldom do we feel the urge to recommend a show so highly as we do this primitive documentary based on woodsman/craftsman Richard Proenneke's self-imposed exile to the Alaskan wilderness. By Clif Garboden


  • Dining Out: Cha Fahn: A Tea Room
  • On the Cheap: Peter's Delicatessen
  • Noshing and Sipping: Of pints and petri dishes


  • Digital Photography Guide
  • The Best 2004
  • Liquid - Fall 2004
  • Fall Preview
  • Education Section 2004
  • Best Music Poll 2004