February 13, 2014

Dennis Lehane – Between Dorchester Ave and...

Dennis Lehane so rules the neighborhood of Noir (“Nwaaah,” as we say in Boston) that he gets street credit for work he didn’t write, like “The Departed” and “The Town.”...| More
January 5, 2017

Good News for Bad Times: Gospel Music...

In transition time, pre-inauguration, was there ever a clearer cue for Gospel music?  “Good news for bad times,” it’s been called. Sanctified music for a broken world. While Michele Obama’s...| More
September 8, 2016

Election 2016: Unreality T.V.

Barack Obama has kept his distance from this campaign, but he did intervene last month to remind Americans that they’re not voting to give someone a recording contract: “This is...| More
December 8, 2014

Boston Noir

Noir heroes tend not to be gangsters of Whitey Bulger’s grandeur; not tough cops either: they’re punched-out boxers and junkies, little perps, prisoners, victims reduced to victimizing each other and...| More
August 7, 2012

Gore Vidal on the Great Republic and...

Click to listen to Chris’ conversation with Gore Vidal (25 min, 14 meg) Having read all the Gore Vidal obits and the many more-and-less grudging encomia, I find the man...| More
April 9, 2010

David Shields: Kicking Ass and Taking Names

David Shields practices what he preaches. Aphorisms in the Nietzsche manner are the coin of the literary realm that surfaces in his manifesto, Reality Hunger. In conversation, aphorisms seem to...| More
May 18, 2007

Hitchens v. God

Click to Listen to the Show (24 MB MP3) To the sometimes solemn literary cottage-industry of neo-atheism, Christopher Hitchens — with his manifesto: God is not Great: How Religion Poisons...| More
April 2, 2007

Passion: Bees

Click to Listen to the Show (24 MB MP3) Thanks to cmac2012 for pitching this show. You’ve gotta love bees. They make honey. They dance. They inspired “Flight of the...| More
March 14, 2007

Playing Horn at St. Bernard Abbey

TubeNet is my new favorite site. I’m completely sucked in. Yes, there are thousands of web forums out there where people get together to toast their shared obsessions, but you...| More
March 13, 2007

The Banality of Evil, Part II

Click to Listen to the Show (24 MB MP3) We started this conversation last week with our first show on Hannah Arendt and the “banality of evil.” An hour wasn’t...| More
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