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
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
(FILES) This file photo taken on October...(FILES) This file photo taken on October 5, 2006 shows US author Gore Vidal posing for a photo in his Los Angeles home.  Vidal, the iconoclastic commentator on American life and history in works like "Lincoln" and "Myra Breckenridge," died at age 86, the Los Angeles Times reported on July 31, 2012.     AFP PHOTO / FILES / Robyn BeckROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages
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 Everything...| 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 Bumblebee.” Beekeeping:...| 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 enough....| More
December 18, 2006

The Quantification of War

Click to Listen to the Show (24 MB MP3) Arlington West Memorial, Santa Monica, CA [juliedermansky / Flickr]As its fourth year approaches, the war in Iraq is amassing some noteworthy...| More
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