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Restaurant Guide 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
Bar Avignon’s date-night ambience, packed wine racks and long, L-shaped bar suggest a pop-in, pop-out place that treats food as one more excuse to order another drink. But with concoctions like the Division Street Cooler, which tastes like a California lawn soaked in vodka (in the very, very b   More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Restaurant Guide 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
Observe the contortions of your favorite vegan’s face next time they’re enthusing over a new animal-friendly restaurant. You will witness a glorious emotional duel between heartbreak—“why can’t all restaurants be like that!?”—and desire—“I want t   More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Cyrus

That was no lady—that was my mom!


Movie Reviews & Stories
Stick with therapy long enough and the rush of emotional purging will grade into salutary exhaustion—finally tired of your own miserable company, you’ll be ready to become a better friend ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Bret Easton Ellis Imperial Bedrooms

Rich, bored and old—the horror.


Books
Having completed his vivisection of ’80s apathy and excess with the peerless American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis took his gleaming scalpel to literary genres, transforming conspiracy-thriller pul ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Screw This Garbage

With Trash Humpers, Harmony Korine recycles old idiocy.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Jean-Luc Godard, that champion of auteur theory, opened his cataclysmic 1967 Weekend by slyly abdicating authorship: “A film adrift in the cosmos,” read the first title card; “a film ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

The Oath

Just a smooth-talkin’ jihadist from Yemen.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Laura Poitras intended to make a film about Guantanamo Bay. She had a tidy narrative in mind: Innocent man is detained, innocent man is released, innocent man returns home. It is not difficult to imag ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Drink 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Barely bigger than a band’s practice space, and just as piercingly loud, Secret Society expertly balances chaos and romance. In fact, it makes a convincing argument that the two are synonymous. It’s a candlelit cacophony in here—the stranger at the table next to you would need a hi   More
 
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Drink 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
With illuminated PBR signs posing as art, a bottle-cap mosaic tabletop and a misguided allegiance to the goddamn Green Bay Packers, Saraveza is like the coolest Midwestern dorm room ever. The only problem is that Portland lacks a soul-crushing winter freeze to justify the heft Saraveza will donate t   More
 
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Drink 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
This is what drinking in Boston must be like: a Catholic church across the street promising future forgiveness for tipsy transgressions, and a nearby daycare center cautioning against making a huge tiny mistake. Nepo 42 itself is catholic in the secular sense, with a take-all-comers hodgepodge of cr   More
 
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Drink 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
You ever have a friend who pulled off every cool “lifestyle choice” with infuriating ease, making you feel dumb and ugly in the process? No? Well, the Bye and Bye will be that friend—easy to resent, impossible to resist. Give in already. The tattooed boys behind the bar are cute, t   More
 
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 CHRIS STAMM
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