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Michael Patrick Brady
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Michael Patrick Brady is a writer and editor from Boston. His work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix,, and ALARM Magazine, among others. Like all those who have more opinions than places to put them, he maintains a blog and collects his various publications at his website.


Wednesday, February 21 2007

Shallow Graves

Martin Scorsese's hotly tipped Oscar fave, The Departed, plumbs the depths of the psychological and sociological motives of violence, loyalty, and duty.

Sunday, January 29 2006

No Elvis, Beatles, or the Rolling Stones

When the baby boomers finally relinquish control of pop culture, who will replace their sacred cows on the perennial 'best bands ever' lists?


Wednesday, January 4 2012

'James Joyce: A Life': A Fine Rendition of this Brilliant, Sensitive, Churlish, Inconsiderate Figure

Irish author Edna O'Brien provides a smartly-written crash course that will open doors for readers unsure of how to enter the labyrinthine world of James Joyce’s books.

Tuesday, June 14 2011

'Heretics' Makes It Very Clear: The Devil Is In the Details

Author Jonathan Wright shows how heresy and the Church's reaction to it paradoxically helped Christianity define itself and broaden its appeal.

Thursday, June 9 2011

Europe's Radical Influence on America: 'An Unfinished Revolution: Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln'

Robin Blackburn's writing is taut, intelligent, and compelling. He packs an astonishing amount of information into a scant hundred pages, providing a fresh and powerful look at Civil War politics and social issues.

Friday, April 15 2011

The Civil War: 150th Anniversary Commemorative Edition

With simple narration and still photographs, Ken Burns is able to evoke joy and sorrow, laughter and tears. It's a singular achievement, beautifully composed and profoundly moving.

Thursday, April 14 2011

Umberto Eco's 'Confessions of a Young Novelist' Explores What It Means to Read and Feel Literature

To be invited into a great writer's intimate space is a rare opportunity that shouldn't be taken for granted.

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