Category Archives: Boston History

Black Mass

I saw Black Mass yesterday and while I don’t have time for a full review, here are some quick observations. First, it has to be mentioned that having Benedict Cumberbatch play William Bulger is one of most egregious miscastings I … Continue reading

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Hey Mush!: Lake Talk

Although I write a lot about New York City history and “BACK IN THE DAY” type stuff, I’m not from New York. I moved here when I was 20. I’m from Newton, Massachusetts, a city bordering Boston.  When you grow … Continue reading

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Chinatown Buses: A History

I first took a Chinatown bus to Boston back in 2000. A friend had told me to just walk under the Manhattan Bridge, near East Broadway, and look for the buses. I can’t remember which company it was, but a … Continue reading

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Boston: townies to the world pt 2

Last week I wrote a long post about Boston and the ridiculousness of the townie stereotypes presented to the world. I thought it was basically all that I needed to say about the subject. Naturally, like 4 days after I … Continue reading

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Boston: townies to the world

Boston based writer Luke O’Neill has been doing some interesting writing about the cultural identity of Boston and the overexposure of it in the national consciousness. His latest piece about the Red Sox championship is pretty dead on. O’Neill is … Continue reading

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Clark Rockefeller

Clark Rockefeller came into the national consciousness in 2008, when he was the subject of a manhunt after kidnapping his daughter during a court supervised visit during his pending divorce. After he was caught by the FBI, it was revealed … Continue reading

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Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Animation

For those familiar with Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Animation Festival, I present a little film festival. Just ignore my jabbering and click on the videos, which I carefully curated from my years of attending Spike and Mike’s showings. … Continue reading

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“I Hate You, Tom Brady”

First of all, far be it from me to be unthankful.  Tom Brady has provided me with more happiness than I probably deserve. And I don’t blame him for the recent Superbowl loss to the Giants. Had he had the … Continue reading

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Dive Bar Definitions

Nowadays any place that isn’t a fancy-pants lounge gets pegged as a dive, usually by a slumming bohemian or a slumming office drone. Attention assorted goofballs posting on Yelp: just because a place has the ballgame on and some old … Continue reading

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Whitey Bulger Book Reviews

No, I don’t mean that Whitey is reviewing books, though by all accounts he was a reader, particularly of history and military matters. No, I thought in light of his semi-recent arrest I would offer quick reviews of basically every … Continue reading

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