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DeVito/Verdict on Bernie & Phyl’s New York Advertising Agency: Dumb as a Mattress of Rocks

Bernie & Phyl’s, which for a long time ran the most cringeworthy television spots in the history of New England advertising, now has a hotshot New York ad agency – DeVito/Verdi – and a smart, funny TV campaign that features old-time videoclips with funky new narratives. Representative … Continue reading

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Civilians Who Run Full-Page Ads in the New York Times (Howard Jonas Edition)

From our endless series Funny how often these ads appear in the Saturday New York Times, which has the cheapest advertising rates for the week. Regardless . . . from Saturday’s Grey Lady:     Nuts to Obama graf:   … Continue reading

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NYT Goes All RBF (Resting Bitch Face)

Leave it to the New York Times to say cow, see cow. From Jessica Bennett’s Page One piece in the Sunday Styles Section: Cursed With a Death Stare The Internet meme known as RBF points to the perils of the serious … Continue reading

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Boston City Hall Plaza Gets Some National Love

Much-maligned Boston City Hall Plaza has been getting some good press lately, especially in the Boston Globe, for efforts to spruce/lively it up. And now Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s relentless red-brick-revival is garnering national recognition, via the Wall Street Journal’s Jon Kamp. … Continue reading

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Dead Blogging ‘Colossal’ at Company One Theatre

Well the Missus and I trundled down to Calderwood Pavilion in the South End last night to catch the Company One Theatre production of Colossal and man, it was moving – in virtually every sense of the word. Andrew Hinderaker’s play … Continue reading

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A Jason Gay Ol’ Time (Boston 2024 Edition)

From our long-running Jason Gay Ol’ Time series The five-ring monte game that Store 2024 ran in Boston this past year has, mercifully, come to an end. And Boston native Jason Gay gave it a proper burial in his Wall Street Journal … Continue reading

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Dead Blogging Beethoven’s Ninth in Copley Square

Well the Missus and I trundled downtown yesterday to catch the Handel + Haydn Society’s performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Boston Globe/WGBH Summer Arts Weekend and, say, it . . . swelled. Thanks to the incomparable Brian O’Donovan and … Continue reading

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

The latest in our long-running series Yesterday’s New York Times featured yet another ad from Zionista Michael Steinhardt, whose previous Times ad (along with his various associations – see here and here) we dutifully noted last month. His current foray:     … Continue reading

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The Arts Seen in NYC (The Divine Patti LuPone Edition)

Well the Missus and I trundled down to the Big Town last weekend to catch one thing and another and say, it was swell. First, of course, there was crosstown traffic, which takes roughly 30 minutes to navigate. Official Campaign … Continue reading

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Headline New Network: This One’s Better (WWD Edition)

Second in what we expect will be a long-running series Here’s the cover of the latest edition of WWD.     And here, WWD editors, is what the headline should have been: The Audacity of Haute You’re welcome.

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