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Where Maine reads

Perhaps the most exciting part of my day working at Longfellow Books was The Spider Incident, which involved said arachnid emerging from a potted plant around 10:30 am to terrorize staff members and scurry, unscathed, underneath a shelf.
A decade into Portland's indie-bookstore movement, brick-and-mortar shops are holding their own
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 01, 2010

Let’s recap

With the decade drawing to a close, it's fitting to reconsider the moments and developments of the last 10 years that forever changed sports in Portland and New England.
Balls, Pucks, and Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  January 01, 2010
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A decade gone by

This week, we at the Portland Phoenix celebrate 10 years of serving Portland and Maine as your news, arts, and entertainment authority.
Where Portland has come since 1999, and why we can't really even imagine what's coming in 2019
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 18, 2009
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10 years later, we told you so

Like many in the alternative press, we pride ourselves on being ahead of the game. Sometimes, of course, that means we're wrong about what might be coming down the pike — that's part of the risk of being "out front" and not just reacting to the news as
Ten years of being right (well, mostly)
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 18, 2009
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The Maine Festival of the Book relocates to USM

Now in its third year, the Maine Festival of the Book is settling into a new home on the USM campus
Celebrating print
By ALEX IRVINE  |  April 01, 2009
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The price is right

For a guy sometimes compared to Philip K. Dick, Alex Irvine took his time in getting around to writing about the future.
Alexander C. Irvine sees a Buyout in your future
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 01, 2009


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Maine creators at the New York Comic-Con

If you've never attended a large comics convention, it's difficult to get a sense of the enormity and nonstop sensory onslaught.
Dispatch from Comictopia
By ALEX IRVINE  |  February 11, 2009

Matching up writers and agents

At the Eastland Park Hotel on February 2, a dozen literary agents and publishers from Maine, Boston, and New York heard pitches from 75 aspiring writers on topics ranging from post-traumatic stress disorder to the history of the steamship.
You had me at 'hello'
By ALEX IRVINE  |  February 11, 2009
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Water Dogs

A sort-of mystery novel that may or may not involve a crime, Water Dogs is also the story of a family broken by the death of its patriarch, "Coach," whose three children (fail to) cope with his death in highly individualized and complicated ways.
Lewis Robinson's first novel picks up where Officer Friendly left off
By ALEX IRVINE  |  January 28, 2009
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Forming a Collective

When your intrepid correspondent walks into Arabica Coffee to meet with the members of a shadowy group rumored to be executing a graphical Exquisite Corpse the likes of which Portland has never seen, he finds out that the group is in fact so shadowy th
'Where am I? And what the hell am I doing here?'
By ALEX IRVINE  |  January 07, 2009

The League: A short history



By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 28, 2007


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Off the hook

There’s always someone on your list that’s the hardest to buy for, not because they have everything and need zippo — or because they have nothing and need anything — but because you really can’t accept spending your hard-earned dough to get them somethi
And on the cheap
By MEAGHAN DONAGHY  |  December 07, 2006
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Maine author reviving Marvel character

The Son of Satan is being reborn in the brain of a Maine writer.
Rebirth
By JEFF INGLIS  |  August 23, 2006
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Frantic filmmakers

The 48 Hour Film Project is coming to Portland for the first time this weekend, with roughly ten filmmaking teams competing in a weekend of film frenzy.
Who are all these movie folks, and why are they in such a hurry?
By ERIN ENBERG  |  May 31, 2006
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Space exploration

The People’s Free Space — a Portland grassroots community organization — is finding that space, in fact, is not free.
Community group looks for co-op home
By BEATRICE MAROVICH  |  May 03, 2006
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In the Pink

Any group of musicians can get together, ramp up the beats per minute, and impress a crowd of onlookers with a barrage of notes, but only a finely tuned band can play slowly and keep people interested.
Seekonk’s second is a perfect sculpture of sound
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 26, 2006


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Second shutdown

Some answers for John Baldacci's unpopularity may be discerned in an event that took place in Old Town March 16 — an event that could have sealed the Maine governor's fate.
The politics of the Georgia-Pacific decision
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 29, 2006