Paul Kix

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Boston prides itself on being a haven of high-minded thinking, something that’s also made us insufferable.

J.P. Refuseniks: Enough Already

I’VE GOT A SIMPLE IDEA for every overly earnest J.P. resident who’s certain that the addition of a Whole Foods to the neighborhood will usher in only misery and ever-higher rent: Don’t shop there. Jamaica Plain doesn’t need a neighborhood…

Immodest Proposal: In Their Faces

CERTAINLY, THE WINKLEVOSS TWINS are ghastly pigs. They sued Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and settled the lawsuit for millions; reopened the suit when those millions weren’t millions-y enough; lost that decision; and then, weeks ago, appealed it. Pigs. The only…

The Illusionist

JAY SHAW ASKED AROUND AND HEARD that Bob Briggs was the man to see about hay. So when Briggs, in his aging white Ford, came plodding down Hogg Road that February afternoon, Shaw jumped into his Dodge Ram and flagged…

Person of Interest: Ellen Zane

ELLEN ZANE IS MANY THINGS — a healthcare impresario, the current CEO of Tufts Medical Center, a woman of chic black power suits — but mostly she’s prescient. Scary prescient. Especially when it comes to anticipating changes in Massachusetts healthcare….

Insider Interview: Matt Siegel

THE CELL PHONE INTERRUPTS him. Matt Siegel has just left the studio, and, sitting now in his office, he wants to finish a story about Billy Costa, his cohost on Kiss 108’s Matty in the Morning radio show. Siegel is…

Tom Menino: Meddling While Boston Burns

IT WAS A TYPICAL TOM MENINO plan, by which I mean a plan to pile on top of so many others, accumulating like the snow of all the winter’s storms. The mayor highlighted it in Faneuil Hall while delivering his…

A Tale of Four Cities

BOSTONSingle Bostonians are the dating scene’s intellectual overlords. When they’re not talking about which grad school they attended, they’re debating what sabermetric calculations prescribe for Carl Crawford’s spot in the 2011 lineup. The best thing to do if you’re single…

Person of Interest: Keith Ablow

Dr. Keith Ablow’s 14th book — yes, 14th — is a curious one. In its way, it’s more shocking than anything the Newburyport psychiatrist has written, quite a feat given that Ablow once published a book calling convicted murderer Scott…

The Scapegoats

THOUGH I DIDN’T SEE HIM at the time, the press photos showed a man dressed for court as he always dresses: in beautiful, ruling-class suits, carrying himself with patrician dignity. Ron Wilburn, even at 71, had a full head of…