Table of contents for week of December 19, 2003
NEWS & FEATURES
In a special section, we offer a handy survival guide for this zany holiday season:
Katrina Belmont on local shopping treasures.
Andy King on culinary gift-giving.
Ruth Tobias on the richest, heaviest dishes in Boston, Portland, and Providence.
Mike Miliard on graphic art collections.
Mary Bonauto won a legal victory for gay marriage in Massachusetts and was a major player in the civil unions victory in Vermont. Tony Giampetruzzi wonders if Maine can be far behind.
The capture of Saddam is seen in some circles as a major victory for the Bush campaign, and a potentially crippling blow to his Democratic opponents. Dan Kennedy examines the fallout.
Maybe the one Dem who can benefit from Saddam's capture is Wesley Clark. Adam Reilly sees the Clark campaign gathering steam.
Plus, this just in:
THE ENVIRONMENT: Winds of change
LITERARY POLITICS: Throw the book at them
Politics and Other Mistakes
Postcard from Wells
Sam Pfeifle says Harpswell Sound chart an ambitious course.
They've been together thirty years, but Sean Richardson tells us that ZZ are back on Top.
Carol Noonan throws Christmas a bone. Sam Pfeifle reports.
Also, short reviews of:
Randy Newman: GOOD OLD BOYS
Alban Berg Quartett: MOZART: CHAMBER MUSIC
Sheryl Crow: THE VERY BEST OF SHERYL CROW
Steve Lukather & Friends: SANTA MENTAL
GENUINE HOUSEROCKINí CHRISTMAS
Various Artists: hOMe FOR THE HOLIDAYS, CHRISTMAS REMIXED
Peter Keough reviews Return of the King, the final installment in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which some are calling the best movie trilogy ever. Star Wars fans gear for battle on message boards everywhere.
And something for the ladies. Peter Keough has also seen the new Julia Roberts vehicle, Mona Lisa Smile.
Short reviews of:
STUCK ON YOU
Finally, someone is embracing the double-entendre that springs to everyone's mind when the subject of The Nutcracker comes up. Jeff Inglis takes in Nutcracker Burlesque.
Art and wine? Wine and art? Somebody pinch us. Maggie Knowles reports on two great tastes that taste great together.
Rabbi Harry Sky looks back on 80 years of finding the way in My Journey. Reviewer Joe Appel looks back on the several hours he spent reading the book.
Obviously, the world is crying out for more narratives about fictional characters who share the author's name. Neal Pollack fills the void with Never Mind the Pollacks. Review by Clea Simon.
If we had known giving up on love could be fodder for a book, we'd have been published in tenth grade. John H. Summers reviews Against Love: A Polemic, by Laura Kipnis.
Joan of Arcadia must have the biggest lousy name-to-ratings ratio of any show in recent years. Joyce Millman takes a look at this surprise hit.
You don't have to be in the military to get a taste of authentic Afghan food. Andy King introduces us to Portland's Afghan Restaurant.
The Best of 2003
Best Music Poll 2003
Portland Band Guide