This time, the Phoenix does not rise

The announcement yesterday that the Boston Phoenix is ceasing publication marks the end of an era, an era of substantive, long-form journalism.  Jim Barron and I wrote for the paper back in the 1970's.  It was the place to be, along with The Village Voice,  the best of alternative journalism. Back in 1975, Jim Barron and …

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With public figures, the personal gestures can unsettle

In 1978,  I was covering Republican U. S. Senator Ed Brooke’s reelection campaign for the Boston Phoenix.  Both on primary and election day,  I was glued to him. Where he went, I went.  Sometimes it was meet-and-greets with  people. Sometimes it was consultations with staff.  The possibility of defeat hung in the air, but he …

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