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Hey, Marty Walsh: Hire THIS Guy to Fix City Hall Plaza

Since roughly 1969, one question has vexed every Boston mayor: What the hell to do with City Hall Plaza? And the answer that has routinely come back: Damned if we know. Regardless, the latest chapter of this ongoing saga is unfolding at … Continue reading

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Why the New York Times Is a Great Newspaper (Phil Jackson Triangle Offense Edition)

The New York Times Sunday sports section is topped by this Nicholas Dawidoff piece about the origins of the triangle offense that Phil Jackson rode to 11 NBA championships but that the current New York Knicks just can’t get.     … Continue reading

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Civilians Who Run Full-Page Ads in the New York Times (Michael Steinhardt Edition)

The latest in our long-running series Yesterday’s New York Times featured this ad on A5. At issue: That’s problematic for Michael Steinhardt – president of the Judy and Michael Steinhardt Foundation and co-founder of Birthright Israel – who paid for … Continue reading

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In Apple Music Rumpus, Maybe Taylor Swift ISN’T All That and a Bag of Clips

Music maven Taylor Swift is getting all kinds of kudos for taking a bite out of Apple Music’s effort to strong-arm independent labels into getting no royalties for the new streaming service’s trial period. But maybe she didn’t do it alone. … Continue reading

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Bernie & Phyl Ads Get Phunky

Furniture mavens Bernie & Phyl are like baked beans & cod – New England traditions. For decades the couple – and their kids – have produced the most toe-curling commercials on Boston television. Representative sample:     But now – what should we call … Continue reading

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Newsies: Stop Covering Coverage of Donald Trump

Definition of irony: Journalists lamenting news coverage of Donald Trump’s self-promotional presidential campaign. Representative sample, via the Boston Globe’s Jeff Jacoby. News organizations are under no obligation to provide a platform to every narcissistic buffoon who declares himself a candidate for … Continue reading

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Dead Blogging ‘The Farnsworth Invention’ at Flat Earth Theatre

Well the Missus and I trundled out to Watertown’s Arsenal Center for the Arts yesterday to catch the Flat Earth Theatre production of The Farnsworth Invention and say, it was swell. From the website: From screenwriter/playwright Aaron Sorkin, who brought us … Continue reading

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Why Tom Stoppard Is Right to Be a Snob

Several months ago British playwright Tom Stoppard created a tempest in a theaterpot with an interview he gave to the Telegraph. Quiz: Are Tom Stoppard’s plays too clever for you? As the playwright says he has to dumb down his … Continue reading

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Dead Blogging ‘Thomas Hart Benton’ at PEM

Well the Missus and I trundled up to the Peabody Essex Museum to catch American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood the other day and say, it was . . . interesting. This is the first major exhibition on Thomas Hart … Continue reading

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Brian Williams Is the Milt Chamberlain of Broadcast News

Who is Milt Chamberlain, you ask? He’s a character in the late, slightly lamented CBS series Battle Creek, which was co-produced by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, although that wasn’t enough to save it. Anyway, the Battle Creek basics:     So … Continue reading

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