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Population control, not insect eating

In her article " Eat Me! Delicious Insects Will Save Us All ," Deirdre Fulton writes that "bugs could be a solution to a host of emerging problems, including world hunger and environmental woes." It seems to me that adding a billion people every 13 yea
Letters to the Portland Editor, November 26, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  November 26, 2010

Eat me: Delicious insects will save us all

Insects are a more sustainable protein source than cows or pigs, they're more nutritious, and they're being taken seriously.
Insects are a more sustainable protein source than cows or pigs, they're more nutritious, and they're being taken seriously.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 19, 2010

Days of future past

Science-fiction films have been with us since Edison’s 1910 version of Frankenstein , but they bloomed in the ’Nam era, nourished by a volatile cocktail of cultural ingredients.
'SF-1970' at the Harvard Film Archive
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  June 18, 2010

Review: Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

The cheeky title conjures up belovedly tacky 1950s Japanese sci-fi films, but Jessica Oreck’s actual effort is a pallid, thinly poetic documentary essay about Japan’s obsession with insects.
Pallid documentary on Japan's insect obsession
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 04, 2010

Physics lesson for Diamon

Newton’s laws of gravity and motion are universally understood laws, not subject to anyone’s opinion.
Letters to the Portland editor, May 21, 2010

Warning buzz

Right now there are millions of bees pollinating blueberries in Maine.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 14, 2010


Lady of Leisure’s Prison Memoir

In prison, Piper Kerman had to get used to, among other trials, a bathroom infested with insects.
Crook Book Dept.
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  May 07, 2010

Killer plants, ‘without remorse’

On display behind a glass enclosure at the New England Carnivorous Plant Society's seventh annual show was a rare book, not a plant.
Beautiful but Deadly
By RICHARD ASINOF  |  October 02, 2009

The queen of Cambodian cooking

Makara Meng, co-owner of Mittapheap World Market, welcomed me to her relative's suburban house in South Portland for an authentic Cambodian dinner.
Her friends call her 'So Peep'
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  September 25, 2009

No new age

Yes, this Boston jazz trio incorporates the sounds of seals, tree frogs, and crickets. Yes, one of them is a working ecologist. Here's why you shouldn't hold that against them.
Earthsound is for real
By JON GARELICK  |  September 25, 2009

Shiny happy people

In the event of thermonuclear war, only two things will survive: cockroaches, and the smiles on the faces of Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino.
Matt & Kim let the good times roll
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  March 16, 2009


End-of-year exhibitions reveal mystery and beauty

Think it’s impossible to find a newish gallery show at the end of December? Think again.
Laura Baring-Gould and Laura Evans at Boston Sculptors Gallery, ‘Regarding Mystery and Beauty’ at GASP, Korean-born artists at Smith College Museum of Art
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  December 12, 2008

Expert: Expanding wind power could unhinge insects

Last spring, a red tail hawk was hit and killed by Rhode Island's one functioning wind turbine at Portsmouth Abbey School. Brother Joseph Byron says the bird was the first animal fatality he has seen since the 241-foot-high structure started producing 6
Unintended Consequences
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  November 25, 2008

Portland chefs get Bizarre recognition

This summer, I ate a junebug. Actually, I ate three junebugs, prepared three different ways.
What's cooking?
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  November 12, 2008

Ties that bind

I’ve been seeing this guy for almost six months, but I’m starting to suspect that he just might be “Mr. Wrong.”
Dr. Lovemonkey
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  September 10, 2008

Funny bones

It was the darkly comic offerings of Mats Ek in the middle, and the personable interpretations that gave the evening its distinction.
Stockholm 59° North at the Pillow
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 19, 2008


Hybrid rhythmic engine

Fusions are the lifeblood of music, but too often they come with a whiff of high-concept gimmickry.
Nation Beat is a gas
By JON GARELICK  |  July 15, 2008

Cambodian dance party!

Dengue Fever’s charms are so extreme that at first they might strike you as incongruous — like a chocolate-covered lobster.
Dengue Fever + Pistolera at the Museum of Fine Arts, July 9, 2008
By JON GARELICK  |  July 15, 2008

Everybody get together

The 808 Gallery is a BIG space to fill.
‘Boston Young Contemporaries’ at 808 Gallery, ‘Big Bugs’ at Garden in the Woods, and the 10th Annual Lantern Festival at Forest Hills Cemetery
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 08, 2008

Tokyo roses

It’s a special people indeed who can cast off the twin yokes of rigid history and a driven work ethic to spend time unwinding in Day-Glo game-show studios.
Jeopardy! Japanese style
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 01, 2008


Don’t leave me this way

Leaves lead a wild life, and each leaf’s physical structure reflects both its individual biography — revealing the pathways, for example, of insects that have eaten their way across a leaf’s surface.
Botanical Forms at Harvard’s Museum of Natural History, Carroll Dunham and more at the Addison, and Renzo Piano at the Fogg
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  May 06, 2008

Paint by numbers

Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women are really one tall woman, and she’s a tall order.
Three Tall Women at the Lyric; 7 Blowjobs from Theatre on Fire
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 01, 2008

Get buggy with it

Mirah wanted us to embrace nature in our daily lives, and she started by giving the creepy-crawlies a heart without stretching the truth.
Mirah + Spectratone International at the MFA, January 11, 2008
By MEGAN V. BELL  |  January 15, 2008

Playing your own game

I had to feel a little bad for John Beardsley during the symposium for “Off the Grid: Maine Vernacular Environments”.
“Off the Grid” explores the fringes of the art world
By IAN PAIGE  |  November 07, 2007

Pet sounds

This summer, I got two kittens of my very own, and I am completely obsessed with them.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 07, 2007

Boston music news, November 9, 2007

"If you don’t have the flowers, the bees won’t come for the nectar.”
Notes on the 20th anniversary of the Middle East
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  November 05, 2007

Eating bugs can help a troubled planet

So why the Western taboo?
By JESSICA KERRY  |  October 31, 2007

October 26, 2007

Weekly forecast
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  October 24, 2007