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Not-So-Pretty Facebooknew

Yes, we all hate them. You thought you were done with cliques in high school, but social-networking sites have brought them back with a vengeance.
Boston Phoenix  |  Sharon Steel  |  07-17-2008  |  Tech

Steampunk Bursts Through its Subculture Rootsnew

Combine a longing for a past that never was with an acceptance that we are already living in the dystopian future we've been warned about and you end up with the hopeful balance between progress and tradition that is Steampunk. And then some.
Boston Phoenix  |  Sharon Steel  |  05-15-2008  |  Culture

Music of the Spheresnew

Metal is from Mars and girly-pop's from Venus. We have proof -- the yin, the yang, and the whang-dang-doodle.
Boston Phoenix  |  James Parker and Sharon Steel  |  03-20-2008  |  Music

Same To You, Fellanew

Snarking back at self-righteous, passive-aggressive, thick-skulled dim-wits isn't as easy as you might think. But help has arrived.
Boston Phoenix  |  Sharon Steel  |  03-06-2008  |  Nonfiction

Who I Amnew

A brief interview with Paris Hilton, in which it is revealed, "So I have, like, thousands of shoes." Then again, we asked.
Boston Phoenix  |  Sharon Steel  |  02-14-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

So Cute Iz Sickeninnew

If there's anything cuter than a photo of a snuggly kitten, it is a photo of a snuggly kitten festooned with misspelled cutesy text. This has all gotten out of hand.
Boston Phoenix  |  Sharon Steel  |  02-05-2008  |  Culture

The 'It' Paradenew

In 2008, novels turn to fairies, fashion goes faux green, and Star Trek gets all 90210.
Boston Phoenix  |  Sharon Steel  |  12-27-2007  |  Culture

The Princess Bridesnew

Disney weds girlish fantasy with adult desire for, er, girlish fantasy.
Boston Phoenix  |  Sharon Steel  |  12-14-2007  |  Fashion

Tila Tequila Terrifies Menew

Tila Tequila's ass-ets and what's really scary about this former Pants Off Dance Off phenom turned MTV love object.
Boston Phoenix  |  Sharon Steel  |  11-15-2007  |  TV

Green Is the New Blacknew

How to be socially responsible in a $240 pair of pants.
Boston Phoenix  |  Sharon Steel  |  11-08-2007  |  Environment

Building the New Disney Empire, One Tween at a Timenew

If a media property is owned by Disney, it's pimping High School Musical 2 -- resistance is futile.
Boston Phoenix  |  Sharon Steel  |  08-17-2007  |  Movies

Potter, Potter, Everywherenew

Harry Potter is Odysseus, Don Quijote, Huck Finn, Peter Pan, Elvis, Luke Skywalker, Michael Jordan, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Jesus Christ rolled into one, and his final chapter will signal the end of a way of life for millions of disciples.
Boston Phoenix  |  Sharon Steel  |  07-19-2007  |  Books

Paris Hilton, Jailbirdnew

In the words of a pent-up genius ...
Boston Phoenix  |  Sharon Steel  |  06-07-2007  |  Comedy

This Is the Best Damn Thing?new

Whatever, Avril Lavigne goes straight to the top.
Boston Phoenix  |  Sharon Steel  |  05-03-2007  |  Reviews

Justify My Lovenew

He may be a guilty pleasure, but Justin Timberlake can go as far as he want to.
Boston Phoenix  |  Sharon Steel  |  02-01-2007  |  Music

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