Joe Keohane

The Inanity Defense

I don’t object to being lied to by people in the public eye. As a resident of Massachusetts, I’ve become accustomed to it. What I resent is being lied to poorly. Because that sort of thing doesn’t just reflect badly…

How to Make a Senator Sweat

John Kerry arrived senatorially late to Lowell on a hot day back in July. He unfolded himself from a minivan in front of a new parking garage on a slightly rundown block just outside downtown, and ambled toward the assemblage…

Art Failure

One day this spring, I was in Downtown Crossing, by the shell of the former Filene’s, when a man walked by carrying the kind of giant ghetto blaster you stopped seeing after the mid-’90s, unless you frequent ironic college parties,…

Love's Labors Lost?

As the visionary who brought free Shakespeare to Boston Common in 1996 and directed every show since, Steven Maler has had some Bardlike ups and downs. His work is now a celebrated tradition, yet over the past three years his…

Love's Labors Lost?

As the visionary who brought free Shakespeare to Boston Common in 1996 and directed every show since, Steven Maler has had some Bardlike ups and downs. His work is now a celebrated tradition, yet over the past three years his…

Greener Than Thou

The kid at the Italian market across the street scoffed when we told him we were going to Grezzo, the city’s first full-on vegan raw-food restaurant, located incongruously in the North End. The eatery, opened by raw-food guru Alissa Cohen,…

Wanted: Kamikaze Candidates

When I read the news back in March, I was inconsolable, as I expect many were. I sat there at home, staring at my laptop and feeling the wind go out of me. Ralph Martin had just announced that he…

The Cradle of Apathy

The pols leading the new push to reengage Boston’s indifferent electorate are missing the point. We do care. We just don’t care about them. Do you care only about yourself? Do you feel bad about it? If not, you may…

Are Space Aliens the New Jesus?

Scientology is on the march in Boston, even as the city’s traditional religious power continues its inexorable decline. And that has our writer imagining a whole new world of possibilities for Bostonians’ beloved knee-jerk, hokum-drenched piety. BOSTON, APRIL 1, 2010—Our…

Burning Up the Air

By Steve Elman and Alan Tolz (Commonwealth Editions, 352 pages, $27.95) Long before Imus and Carr, there was Jerry Williams, a talk-radio pioneer who took aim at the Hub’s politicians and the outrages they trafficked in. This bio (the authors…