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The Big Hurt: Cruising with music that floats

Love boat
I'm not usually one to plan ahead, but let's consider my Valentine's Day nailed down . Buddy, I've got three words for you, plus a number: Boyz II Men Cruise.
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 07, 2010

Three-hour tours

Lessons from a cruise-ship trip to Portland
They crowd our sidewalks, wearing lobster hats and carrying LL Bean bags, from August through October. We’re told about how their presence is vital to our economy.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 04, 2009

Going for 'Distance'

From the Dumpster to the Gallery
To get an idea of the remarkable sprawl of supplies, clutter, and chaos involved in SPACE Gallery's forthcoming exhibit by Swoon and guest collaborators, "Distance Don't Matter," there are two good places to look: the gallery itself, and SPACE Executive Director Nat May's Facebook page.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 14, 2009

Larry's Kidney

Being the true story of how I found myself in China with my black-sheep cousin and his mail-order bride, skirting the law to get him a transplant — and save his life
In this nonfiction account pretty accurately described by the book's subtitle, Daniel Asa Rose accompanies his nebbishy but mobbed-up relative on a mission for a Chinese two-fer: to get the organ he desperately needs and — why not, as long as we're here? — a wife, to boot. In this excerpt, the author first hears about his cousin's dubious — and, according to Chinese law, illegal — plan.
By DANIEL ASA ROSE  |  July 22, 2009

Letters to the Portland editor: April 24,2009

What was once a top-quality, prestigious paper, has surely come down.
Having worked at Guy Gannett for years, I have sadly watched the papers drop in size, content, quality .

Trying out an anti-demonstration ‘sonic cannon’

Non-lethal weapons
The Maine Marine Patrol is considering purchasing a “sonic cannon” capable of broadcasting earsplitting, “disorienting” sounds, like those that have been used to break up peaceful demonstrations in public spaces in Iraq and the country of Georgia.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 16, 2008

Up the Yangtze

The new Chinese Dream
Chang sets his camera on a luxury cruise liner sailing up and down the Yangtze.
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 04, 2008

The Big Hurt: Neglected press-release roundup

Music news that only a publicist could love
Nothing shakes off the doldrums like a short vacation to the bottom of the press-release barrel.
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 24, 2008

The princess bride

Disney weds girlish fantasy with adult desire for, er, girlish fantasy
When it comes to weddings, at this point in my life, I have no idea what I should want.
By SHARON STEEL  |  December 12, 2007

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