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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What a Pope Sean would say about the Church

It's hard not to think positively of Cardinal Sean O'Malley's being mentioned as a contender to succeed Pope Benedict.  Media interest (see Vatican reporter John Allen's recap in the National Catholic Reporter about how Italian media have fueled the speculation) has given credibility to the idea in the now hot sport of speculating about Papal …

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