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Strange trips

If you want this summer’s eerie subject matter to hit a bit closer to home, or a bit closer to reality, check out Strange Maine: True Tales from the Pine Tree State , by Michelle Souliere (The History Press; $17.99).
Seeking the Pine Tree State’s weirder side
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 18, 2010
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High and low culture from Japan

Attention, admirers of quirky kitsch and over-the-top aesthetics: hit PAUSE on that Belle and Sebastian record for a second.
Art of the Hole Dept.
By LANCE GOULD  |  June 04, 2010
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Quivering timbers

What’s a tree without roots? Usually it’s the kitchen cabinet or a sheaf of inkjet paper, but for Maine artist Jacob Galle, the answer is a lot less complicated.
A suspended forest in Brunswick
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  April 30, 2010
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Book Review: The Tin Drum

There are — and have always been — two Günter Grasses. There's the Grass who was born in Danzig and the Grass who was born in Gdansk.
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By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 18, 2009

Ode to fiddleheads

Do you have pteridomania?
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 15, 2009

Growing good air

What's greener than houseplants?
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 18, 2009


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Love and politics

In Boleros for the Disenchanted , Puerto Rican–born José Rivera looks beyond the fairy dust and sexual spark to probe the full meaning of “till death do us part.”  
Boleros for the Disenchanted ; November ; Martha Mitchell Calling
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 21, 2008
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Shifting sands

If you want to know what the future holds, take a ride up to the Desert of Maine in Freeport.
The real lesson of the Desert of Maine
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 18, 2008
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Sleeping with the enemy

Who knew the azure waters off the Amalfi Coast flowed into the River Styx?
Tennessee Williams’s Milk Train stops in Hartford
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  June 03, 2008
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Fiddling with fiddleheads

The fiddlehead is Maine’s simplest, and quite possibly Maine’s most revered, delicacy.
A seasonal treat, explained
By TODD RICHARD  |  May 28, 2008
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Hot stuff

When we think of global warming, we picture glaciers melting, sunbathing polar bears, and The Day After Tomorrow .
Global-warming study looks local
By GREG COOK  |  April 18, 2007


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Meaning of life

Over the ten years of their daughter Joe’s life, middle-class Sheila and Bri (Lisa Muller-Jones and Dave Currier) have given her dozens of different personalities.
Mad Horse explores Joe Egg’s existence
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 07, 2007
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Fresh forms

Providence artist Cristin Searles’s cloth sculptures sprout from the walls of Rhode Island College’s Bannister Gallery like an infestation — but in a good way.
 Cristin Searles’s playful “Installation”
By GREG COOK  |  December 12, 2006
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City of the dead

Some are simple slabs, inscribed only with a name and two dates. Others are enormous and imposing: stylized Etruscan sarcophagi, sculpted Grecian urns.
Mount Auburn Cemetery looks back on 175 years — and ahead to an eternal future
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 30, 2006
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Sea invaders pose a threat to Narragansett Bay

Invasive plants are displacing Rhode Island’s native vegetation, changing the landscape and making it more difficult for amphibians, fish, and birds to survive.
Small world  
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  October 11, 2006
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Searching themselves

The authors of Finding Amy: A True Story of Murder in Maine had no way of knowing their book would come out at a time when the Portland City Council was talking about how to control the nightlife in the city’s busiest district.
New book recounts the hunt for a woman and her killer
By JEFF INGLIS  |  May 10, 2006


Stepping in it

You’re doing a heckuva job, Brownie.
Brown shows how not to build one’s war chest
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Work nut

Portland artist, musician, and curator Colleen Kinsella speaks with the Phoenix about this year’s WORKNOT project and its relationship to her own practice.
Catching up with Colleen Kinsella
By CHRIS THOMPSON  |  February 22, 2006
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Look, Ma! No TV!

As Internet video clips proliferate and spread like kudzu, it’s getting hard to keep up on all that’s out there just waiting to be watched.
A democratic Youtube
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 18, 2006