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Young Adulteration

In the late 1980s, when I was nine or 10, my mom bought me my own copy of A First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: What Our Children Need To Know .
Kid lit, cultural literacy, and the rise of books that are fun to read
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 23, 2011
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Wanna get away?

Believe it or not, there are some people who seek to "get" something out of their vacations beyond a sunburn and a souvenir mug.
Maine retreats offer a chance to recharge and reconnect — with yourself, your partner, or the spiritual world
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 17, 2011

This week in the Phoenix: Actionable odors! Spine hymens! Weirdly prescient scholarly Godzilla throwdowns!


A whole heap of nerdly delights ensconced in this week's Phoenix -- from an interview with comix goddess Lynda Barry (who encourages you to "blow...
By Ariel Shearer  |  April 17, 2011
This week in The Big Hurt by David Thorpe

The Big Hurt: Britney, Billy Joel, John Mellencamp, Rebecca Black, and Miley Cyrus weigh the price of fame

BRITNEY SPEARS is being sued for $10 million by the company that helped her score a fragrance deal with Elizabeth Arden. It's claiming that she owes it a 35 percent commission on the sales of her popular scents. This boosts my self-esteem a little — say
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 15, 2011

Stephen King takes on JFK assassination


I've been on a Stephen King kick recently, trying -- at the very least -- to absorb some of the Master of Horror's productivity (eight...
By Deirdre Fulton  |  March 03, 2011
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11 Fictional glimpses of the Boston of tomorrow

The history of the future is not long.
Futures past
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 21, 2011


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11 Fictional glimpses of the Boston of tomorrow

The history of the future is not long.
Futures past
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 21, 2011

Stephen King's book signing and reading at RiverRun Bookstore


If you're wondering . . . Stephen King's book signing and reading of his new short-story collection Full Dark, No Stars at RiverRun Bookstore in...
By webteam  |  November 30, 2010
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Sam Costello is Rhode Island's king of dark comics

The farmer desperate to save his dying wife. The aging photographer trying to resurrect his career. The funeral director who goes to extreme measures to cut costs.
The horror!
By CHUCK O'DONNELL  |  October 29, 2010

Six things I learned at Rock and Shock


George Romero talks zombies, Creepshow, and cockroach wrangling at Rock & ShockLast weekend, Rock and Shock invaded Worcester's DCU center and Palladium. For the uninitiated,...
By Michael Neel  |  October 20, 2010
Leo Tolstoy: Howie Carr's Ghostwriter?

Leo Tolstoy: Howie Carr's Ghostwriter?


Amanda Palmer = Stephen King?Behold the Internet's latest triumph of cultural appropriation: I Write Like. The website, founded by a 27-year-old Russian software programmer named...
By Steve Miller  |  July 20, 2010


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Have a weird summer!

We take you to places a little less predictable and, perhaps, a little less scenic.
Five Ocean State oddities worth seeking out
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 18, 2010

Your words are not your own

Plagiarism is a serious charge.
Less Otten. More Originality.
By AL DIAMON  |  May 14, 2010
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Raw Boswell

David Foster Wallace had a crush on Alanis Morissette. He drank Diet Rite soda by the case. David Lynch changed him.

By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  May 14, 2010
PODCAST: Seth Grahame-Smith on "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter" [MP3]

PODCAST: Seth Grahame-Smith on "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter" [MP3]


Seth Grahame-Smith speaks at the Brattle Theatre Ever wonder why Honest Abe always wore that tall stovepipe hat? All the better to conceal his wooden...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  March 25, 2010
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Holy Scrollers!

It hadn't been a pleasant millennium so far for books. But then, lo this past month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled his company's new iPad, and there was much rejoicing.
The future of e-publishing can be found in one of the world's oldest books.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 19, 2010


Wes Anderson, Stephen King, John Hodgman, and JSF mourn Salinger; Bret Easton Ellis rejoices


We have to hand it to the Onion for writing the ultimate J.D. Salinger tribute; this truly is the final word on the subject. And...
By Carrie Battan  |  January 29, 2010
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Searching for Stephen King

In 1983, Doubleday published yet another book from the increasingly renowned Stephen King, whose Carrie and The Shining (to name just two) were already popular books and movies.
A new biography presents facts but not a full story
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 15, 2010

Road to riches

The Maine Turnpike Authority wants to pay between $34 million and $56 million to build a new toll plaza in York. Don't let that huge price tag fool you.
The Pike gouges
By AL DIAMON  |  November 20, 2009
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Hip-hop from Hell

Depraved hip-hop is the biggest thing to hit trailer-trash America since sliced meds.
Horrorcore salutes Ice Cube and Alice Cooper
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 30, 2009


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Deal with It

When I was seven, I had a winter coat with flashes of neon so bright they glowed in the dark.
Revisiting the nightmares of a four-hour, made-for-TV Stephen King miniseries
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 30, 2009
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Hip-hop is dead

Depraved hip-hop is the biggest thing to hit trailer-trash America since sliced meds — and not just in redneck pockets, where rap music hardly reached before, but in suburban enclaves where acts like Twiztid and Tech N9ne sell out shows with ease.
. . . or undead, rather — just ask Zombie Death Squad
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 30, 2009
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Deep impact

In the most memorable piece in Waterville author Ron Currie Jr.'s 2007 debut short story collection, God is Dead (Viking), God is reincarnated as a Dinka woman in a refugee camp in Sudan, who enlists a jive-talking Colin Powell in an effort to find a
Ron Currie Jr. has a blast with the apocalypse once more
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 03, 2009

As white as they come

It seems to be Maine's turn again to be the least racially diverse state in the nation.
Maine: The other white state
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  May 29, 2009

Art for art's sake

Apparently, I'm one of those artist-types. Except it's not called "artist" anymore. That term is too, well ... artsy-fartsy. It doesn't adequately convey my critical importance to society.
The creative economy
By AL DIAMON  |  May 01, 2009


Salon's Stephen King interview


John Marks over at Salon has a Q&A with Stephen King, in which King not only compares the Nixon ...
By Jeff Inglis  |  October 23, 2008

Words over pictures

My first thought when I learned about the project to paint 16 of the tanks in the big South Portland tank farm was “Why would anyone think this is a good idea?”

By KEN GREENLEAF  |  September 03, 2008
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Do you have any treasures in your attic?

Sure, every once in a while, someone shows up at Ken Gloss’s talks on antique books with a real treasure, like a personalized, signed copy of JD Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye .
Old books
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 02, 2008
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Interview: John Cusack sounds off on War, Inc.

Most filmgoers recognize John Cusack as a brooding sexy, sometimes sardonic leading man.
Say everything
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 10, 2008