Joe Keohane

How to Make a Senator Sweat

Disgruntled Massachusetts Democrats have given John Kerry his first primary challenge in 24 years. That has him acting almost as if he still wants to be our senator. Almost.

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,…

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…

Bombs Awaaaay!

Critics say the once-raucous, now-lame Southie St. Patrick’s Day breakfast ought to be killed off before it gets any more embarrassing. But the critics are wrong. More than ever, Boston needs this show to go on. All eyes were on…

The Harbor Towers' Towering Contradictions

A bitter feud over a looming $75.6 million repair job is just the latest strife to befall the Harbor Towers, where the best-in-the-city views come with seemingly endless maintenance headaches, cutthroat internecine politics, and the occasional randy neighbor. The Bostonians…

The Harbor Towers' Towering Contradictions

A bitter feud over a looming $75.6 million repair job is just the latest strife to befall the Harbor Towers, where the best-in-the-city views come with seemingly endless maintenance headaches, cutthroat internecine politics, and the occasional randy neighbor. The Bostonians…

Headlines of the Damned

The Herald‘s latest death rattles are enough to make you imagine a city without its preeminent fear-mongerer—a terrifying thought, indeed. I see pervs. Packs of them, roaming the streets with teeth bared and cheap overcoats flung open to reveal nothing…