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The Portland Museum of Art shows an exhibit of Shaker crafting skill

There's something fundamentally American about this very enjoyable show of Shaker work at the Portland Museum of Art.
Honoring simplicity
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  November 04, 2011

Ken Miller just can’t win

What’s an honorable man to do?
Brown biology professor attacked by Darwin-hating fundies and leftie atheists alike
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 05, 2010
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Judgment day

Interesting premise. The Last Days of Judas Iscariot , by Stephen Adly Guirgis, suggests what could happen if Judas, the most despised of the New Testament villains, were put on trial in purgatory.
Taking stock of Judas Iscariot
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 22, 2009

In search of Kerouac

Ashare drops me off, frantic Matt Ashare from my paper, swilling coffee in a ceramic mug at the wheel of his sulky-blue Saturn Ion and ranting about dogfighting.
‘Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?’ . . . Lowell?!
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 29, 2007

Presidency of the absurd

In the literature of absurdity, torture is never far away.
Looking for insights into Bush’s torture policy? Try limericks, rhinoceroses, and a pistol-packing midget bicyclist
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 01, 2007

Prometheus’s fire

One year younger than Dolly Parton, Iggy is an indestructible trouper whose communion with his audience is vulgar, essential, perennial.
Iggy and the Stooges bring it again
By JAMES PARKER  |  March 06, 2007