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Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Return to Cambridge City Hall to Celebrate Defeat of DOMA

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Originally published in Open Media Boston. | It was right here on the steps of Cambridge City Hall, on May 17, 2004, where it all started. [...]

July 12, 2013 Tate Williams Portfolio, Potpourri, Writing 0

End of An Era for Boston Media as Phoenix Shuts Down

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Originally published in Open Media Boston by Tate Williams (Staff), Mar-15-13 BOSTON – When the Boston Phoenix announced it was shutting down Thursday afternoon—after nearly 50 years of often being at the cutting edge of alternative media—the response was a mix of utter shock and resigned acceptance. After all, while [...]

March 30, 2013 Tate Williams Portfolio, Potpourri, Science & Environment, Writing 0

Death in Manhattan: review of Gun Machine by Warren Ellis

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Originally published in Souciant Magazine on February 4, 2013. Warren Ellis’s latest novel Gun Machine is like a cop thriller set in a fever dream, twisted genre fiction that employs the conventions of a primetime police drama to investigate a series of brutal crimes, but also the bloody history of New York [...]

February 9, 2013 Tate Williams Arts & Culture, Geek, Portfolio, Writing 0

Anonymous Mourns Loss of Aaron Swartz, Demands Legal Reforms

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Originally published on Open Media Boston by Tate Williams (Staff), Jan-26-13 BOSTON/South Boston – Members of the Internet collective known as Anonymous took to the streets of Boston yesterday in memory of fellow activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life earlier this month, and to protest the criminal prosecution [...]

February 5, 2013 Tate Williams Geek, Portfolio, Science & Environment, Writing 0

Climate Activists Push Harvard to Ditch Fossil Fuel Investments

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Originally published in Open Media Boston by Tate Williams (Staff), Dec-21-12 Cambridge, Mass. – With climate change policy deadlocked, there’s a rapidly growing movement on campuses nationwide to convince universities to yank their investments in fossil fuel companies. And at Harvard—where the nation’s largest, $30.7 billion endowment makes it the [...]

December 23, 2012 Tate Williams Portfolio, Science & Environment, Writing 0

Is There a Punk Aesthetic?

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Originally published in Souciant Magazine on December 12, 2012. The back cover and spine of Punk: An Aesthetic are almost entirely white, with a clean, black typeface. Seen from a distance on a bookshelf, it could be any modern art book. But the front cover — punk cartoonist Gary Panter’s illustration of the singer [...]

December 14, 2012 Tate Williams Arts & Culture, Geek, Portfolio, Writing 0

Adrian Tomine brings alt-comics sensibility to highbrow illustration in ‘New York Drawings’

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An underground comic book artist at heart, it’s clear that Adrian Tomine isn’t quite comfortable in the role of highbrow magazine illustrator. And a Sacramento-born Californian at heart, he isn’t entirely comfortable identifying as a New Yorker either. And yet, he’s achieved a great deal of notoriety and success as [...]

November 15, 2012 Tate Williams Arts & Culture, Blog, Geek, Portfolio, Writing 0

‘99% Invisible’ Uncovers the Hidden World of Design

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Originally published in the East Bay Express, 2012 Roman Mars’ radio show and podcast is changing the way we look at design — and maybe the nature of public radio. By Tate Williams When people think of design, they usually conjure images of prominent, beautiful objects, like a sleek modern building [...]

August 30, 2012 Tate Williams Arts & Culture, Portfolio, Writing 0

Steampunk bleeds into industrial history at annual Watch City Festival

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One weekend a year, the steampunks come out in the streets of Waltham, and it feels like home. In the much-preserved 19th century factory town just outside Boston — with displays of linotype machines the size of refrigerators, reanimated steam engines, and clocks, lots and lots of antique clocks —you [...]

May 16, 2012 Tate Williams Arts & Culture, Blog, Geek, Portfolio, Writing 0

LSD helped treat alcoholism, according to analysis of 1960s trials

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The patients, almost all of them men, were checked in for alcohol abuse sometime in the late 1960s. One day, instead of the usual therapy for addiction at the time, they were each taken into a quiet room, given varying levels of explanation of what was about to happen (for [...]

March 10, 2012 Tate Williams Portfolio, Science & Environment, Writing 0