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December 31, 2012

by Kathleen BarthJon Stewart and The Daily Show, America (The Book): Teacher's Edition; Available Now If you missed America (The Book) by Jon Stewart and "The Daily Show" staff last time, now's your chance to catch up. Well-publicized literary scandals have led to questioning of what "plagiarism," "a...

Emerson student#039;s video hits MTV affiliate

December 31, 2012

Undeterred, he created a DVD called "Waitlist Purgatory" and sent it straight to the film department and to Sara Ramirez, Dean of Admissions.His method worked, and Hodierne matriculated this past spring.,Two years ago, Cutter Hodierne applied to Emerson and was waitlisted.Undeterred, he created a DVD...

Dylan looks back to tradition for modern Times

December 31, 2012

Modern Times is not Highway 61 Revisited, nor is it Blonde on Blonde. Modern Times, is for lack of a better phrase, modern Dylan. Dylan himself has been busy lately with his autobiography, a Martin Scorsese documentary( No Direction Home), a satellite radio show and more legs of the aptl...

This sexy Shortbus really wants you to get it on

December 31, 2012

No kidding: the film's opening montage involves autofellatio, voyeurism, hardcore bondage, pegging and two money shots that put Peter North to shame.It's like the scene in Amelie when Audrey Tautou wonders how many orgasms are happening in Paris at that moment, except here, they're shown in graphic d...

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December 31, 2012

by bryan o'tooleU2 AND NEIL MCCORMICK, U2 ON U2; AVAILABLE SEPT. 26I have climbed through highest mountains and run through the fields, but I still haven't found a satisfying account of one of the world's biggest bands. Bono and company's new book spans four decades chronicling the group's rise from four I...

That old time rock amp; roll

December 31, 2012

It's a kind of mating game for Lester Bangs disciples. "Did you catch that new band at the Middle East last week? They sound like a cross between early Wu-Tang stuff and 1980s Dylan, with just a touch of pre-rehab Billy Joel.,If there is one thing rock critics love to do, it's describe artists as a cros...

Toke a few (music) hits

December 31, 2012

Just as many movies have memorialized marijuana, scores of musicians have sung its praises-often while smoking a joint in the studio. Some bands have even made a career out of lighting up and messing around on stage: Dave Matthews Band, Phish, the Grateful Dead-the list goes on. So, if you don't feel li...

Romance according to the boys in Arab Strap

December 31, 2012

As if the group's suggestive name weren't enough (a polite term for a male sex toy involving a metal ring and leather straps), the opening verse of "Stink," the first track on the band's latest album The Last Romance, sets the course for the rest of the disc: "Burn these sheets that we've just f***ed in...

Spend your day up in smoke with movies

December 31, 2012

The Beacon understands that Emerson students are some of the most dedicated and morally upstanding in the entire country, and would not even know what marijuana smells like, never mind having actually smoked it.,For reasons that are still unknown to this day (although many believe it's a slang police co...

Anti-Flag takes on Bush and draws Blood

December 31, 2012

Released just last month, the album's politically charged punk-rock songs are against the war and all things government.,With the three-year anniversary of the war in Iraq come and gone, protesters and demonstrators can embrace the lyrics on Anti-Flag's newest album, For Blood and Empire. Released just last...

Not so merry production tells predictable story

December 31, 2012

The current production of Sondheim's classic, performed at the Cambridge YMCA by the Longwood Players, is many things, but merry is most defintely not one of them. The original Broadway show, which opened in 1981, received poor reviews and lasted only 16 performances.,Merrily We Roll Along has a mos...

Momaday brings his unique voice to Emerson

December 31, 2012

Author N. Scott Momaday joined the ranks of Whoopi Goldberg, Edward Albee and Anna Deveare-Smith as a visiting artist-in-residence at Emerson this weekend, speaking about his favorite subjects: identity, words, the oral tradition, the state of Native Americans and indigenous people worldwide and killing ic...