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Erik Larson on ‘The Maltese Falcon’: Best. Novel. Ever?

The Wall Street Journal’s Book Club has a real doozy this week: hardboiled author Eric Larson on the father of hardboiled fiction, Dashiell Hammett. ‘One of the Best Novels, Period’ There was a time when Erik Larson could recite from memory an … Continue reading

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More Brutal Treatment of Paul Rudolph’s Architecture

The hardworking staff has previously noted the beleaguered buildings designed by midcentury modernist architect Paul Rudolph, which include two local landmarks: the old Blue Cross Blue Shield building at 133 Federal Street and the Government Service Center. Now comes the … Continue reading

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How Many Millennials Actually Watch Jon Stewart?

Conventional wisdom holds that Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show on Viacom’s Comedy Central is so valuable because it’s a magnet for millennials, the magic 18-29 demographic that marketers lust after. From yesterday’s Wall Street Journal piece about “growing concerns on Wall Street that … Continue reading

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WSJ Piece Has 20-20 Heinz Sight

The hardworking staff is a longtime fanboy of the great W.C. Heinz – a superb WWII war correspondent and perhaps the greatest American sportswriter of the 20th Century (not to mention the co-author of M*A*S*H). (Our WGBH Heinz obit here.) Now comes … Continue reading

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Erin Andrews Is Not a ‘Journalist’ – She’s a Huckster

First: The hardworking staff is at great pains to say that this is no Kirk Minihane-esque hit on Fox Sports personality Erin Andrews. We have no idea how good she is at her job since we’ve never seen her doing … Continue reading

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Why Boston Would Be Screwed by the 2024 Olympics

TO: No Boston Olympics FROM: The hardworking staff RE: Ammunition You guys, Good work so far on the Cassandra front regarding the Greek tragedy that the 2024 Olympics would visit upon the local environs. Here’s one more warning you might … Continue reading

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Starkitect: The Two Facades of Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry is the Rorschach test of modern architecture. And his latest creation –  Fondation Louis Vuitton – is the ultimate inkblot. From Joel Henning’s mash note in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal: A New Art Palace Sets Sail in Paris As you approach Frank … Continue reading

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The World’s Oldest Living Altar Boy (Mario Cuomo Edition)

St. Ignatius Loyola Church, the Kim Kardashian of the Upper East Side that’s about to swallow the far more worship-worthy Church of St. Thomas More, is back in the news today. (As the hardlapsing staff has previously noted, we were an … Continue reading

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The World’s Oldest Living Altar Boy (Peggy Noonan Edition)

As the hardworking staff has previously noted, back in the 1960s we were the world’s oldest living altar boy at the Church of St. Thomas More in Manhattan. And as we also noted, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York intends to … Continue reading

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Wall Street Journal’s ‘Eve of De(con)struction’

The hardworking staff freely admits that we’re hooked on the Wall Street Journal’s great Anatomy of a Song series. Representative samples: Friday’s addition, by Steve Dougherty: Still on the ‘Eve of Destruction’ When it reached No. 1 on the Billboard … Continue reading

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