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Dead Blogging ‘Valkyrie Mumbet’ at MassArt Art Museum

Well the Missus and I trundled over to the Massachusetts College of Art and Design yesterday to catch Joana Vasconcelos Valkyrie Mumbet (through 2021; reservations required) in the recently renovated Stephen D. Paine Gallery and, say, it was swellbinding. Renowned Portuguese artist … Continue reading

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So to Conclude: The Red Sox Were *Not* the Team o’ Destiny

But the Atlanta Braves still might be. First, the sad demise of the Crimson Hose, as narrated by the Boston Globe’s resident darn-those-Sox scribe Dan Shaughnessy. Red Sox ran out of karma, and it all started after the wristwatch taunt … Continue reading

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The Wynton Marsalis Ad Jazz at Lincoln Center Should’ve Run

As the hardgrading staff noted yesterday, Jazz at Lincoln Center ran this totally unreadable full-page ad in the New York Times on Monday to celebrate Wynton Marsalis’s 60th birthday. (The Missus rightly noted that Wynton Marsalis deserved far better than … Continue reading

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Hey, Jazz at Lincoln Center: Just Set Your Money on Fire

Yesterday was Wynton Marsalis’s 60th birthday, so the fine folks from Jazz At Lincoln Center took out this full-page ad in the New York Times to celebrate it. Yeah, that’s what we thought. Here’s a blown up section to give … Continue reading

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Hold On: Maybe the Atlanta Braves Are the Team o’ Destiny

Yesterday the hardlyrooting staff (which has been a Made Yankee Fan in Boston for 45 years, so draw your own conclusions) presented the case for the Boston Red Sox as this postseason’s Team o’ Destiny. But now that the Atlanta … Continue reading

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Beacon Hill Inactivity Turns the Bay State Into Laxachusetts

Wiser heads than the hardworking staff undoubtedly already knew this, but it turns out the Massachusetts legislature has a batting average well south of Jackie Bradley Jr.’s. Axios Sneak Peek crunched some numbers published in a new analysis from Quorum and came up … Continue reading

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Let the Wild ‘Team o’ Destiny’ Rumpus Begin!

Jonathan V. Last, the in-house hardball geek at The Bukwark, totally nailed it last week in his daily newsletter, The Triad. When it comes to the World Series, there is nothing I love more than a Team of Destiny. You … Continue reading

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Why the NYT Is a Great News Organization (Exhibit Umpteen)

Say what you will about the Grey Lady’s shortcomings (looking at you, Caliphate), but when she’s good, she’s very very good. Case in point: Yesterday’s edition of The Daily, the wildly popular New York Times podcast. When the Taliban took … Continue reading

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Remembering Tommy Ashton, Murdered 20 Years Ago on 9/11

My cousin Tommy Ashton was 21 years old on September 11, 2001, working his second day as an apprentice electrician at the World Trade Center. Tommy was on the 95th floor of the north tower when American Airlines Flight 11 … Continue reading

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In Its Current Form, NBA = Not Basketball Actually

So last night I’m watching Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Phoenix Suns (rising) and the Milwaukee Bucks (buckling) and thinking, what the hell has happened to professional basketball because it sure doesn’t look like the game I … Continue reading

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