Author Archives: CHRIS FARAONE

Arts 

THOMAS PAGE MCBEE’S ‘MAN ALIVE’ WILL BE ASSIGNED TO YOUR GRANDCHILDREN IN HIGH SCHOOL

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By the time I say all this out loud, Thomas Page McBee will likely be a ubiquitous name in literary circles, and folks will scratch their chins as I remind them that before Man Alive was assigned to every high school student in the land, such stories of staggering transgender triumph hadn’t yet become part of the American narrative. Continue reading

News Opinion 

THERE’S A GOOD CHANCE YOUR LEAST FAVORITE SLUMLORD GOT HIS ASS KICKED BY THE BOSTON CITY COUNCIL YESTERDAY

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Given the opportunity to publicly address the grievances leveled against him, City Realty Co-Owner Steve Whalen stood at the microphone, pulled his pants down, and covered the entire chamber in a diarrhea tsunami. Continue reading

News Opinion 

BLUNT TRUTH: ‘THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH HAS BLOOD ON ITS HANDS TODAY’

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As the crowd got bigger, the smell of marijuana and the message grew stronger, more specific. “They’ve taken $3 million of applicant dollars,” said Martin, who along with others questioned what the commonwealth has done with patient and dispensary fees. “Show me the money!” Continue reading

News 

INSULT TO INJURY: THE HARASSMENT OF MARATHON BOMBING VICTIM JOANNA LEIGH

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“I just saw these badges being flashed … My dog was barking like crazy. The guy immediately wedges his elbow and his foot in my door and says, ‘Let us in. We just need 10 minutes of your time. We want to talk to you about the bombing. You’re a victim of the bombing?’” Continue reading

LULZ News 

A RHYME CAPSULE FOR THE TIME CAPSULE

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But days before historians revealed the big find
They asked how we’ll be recalled by mankind
So from Allston to Eastie they rushed and they came
To fill the next capsule in their neighborhood’s name Continue reading

News 

YOUTH ACTION: ‘WE DON’T CALL THEM DROPOUTS; WE CALL THEM PUSHOUTS, BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM’

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“These young people are suspended for everything from chewing gum to talking back to teachers. We can start ending suspensions around the country just by showing the absurdity. A school is not a jail. It should be a loving place.” Continue reading

News 

EVERYBODY LOVES EVAN: BUT IS MASSACHUSETTS READY FOR THE KIND OF INDEPENDENT POLITICIAN VOTERS DREAM ABOUT?

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Evan Falchuk seems to be the kind of godsend candidate who informed donors should be bending over forward for, and who everyday constituents constantly claim they want in leadership roles. So are millions of self-declared independents in the Bay State full of shit? Continue reading

News Opinion 

VETO POWER: DEVELOPERS RUN SOMERVILLE AND CAMBRIDGE AND THERE’S NOTHING ANYONE CAN DO ABOUT IT

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At a moment when Americans seem eager to chase money out of politics, it’s disappointing that Cambridge officials proved unwilling to confront developers. And that doesn’t begin to describe the scene in Somerville, where last week Mayor Curtatone vetoed a campaign finance measure passed by the majority of aldermen. The ordinance would have capped political contributions from those working for municipal contractors at $250, half the $500 state limit. Continue reading

News Opinion 

BLUNT TRUTH: MEDICAL MARIJUANA ADVOCATES RAISE HELL, DEMAND THAT MASS OBEY THE LAW

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What do you do when the state violates a law? Who do you troll when government is willfully prohibiting access to important medicine? Or when your elected representatives pocket millions from Big Pharma and healthcare conglomerates, but won’t let patients seek the treatment they want? The treatment they need? Continue reading