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A crushing tale, beautifully told

 Palpable suffering
It’s rare that we can put a human face on American foreign policy. And even rarer that the visage belongs to a person who steps willingly into the limelight — though admittedly for other reasons.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 13, 2013
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Four art mavens show their personal tastes

Please, come in!
Combine the flush of technology with several generations' output of cultural objects, and it's only a matter of time before having things would be considered an art of its own.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 20, 2013
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The year ahead in visual arts

See and be seen
While the PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART is about to wrap its wildly successful Winslow Homer exhibit, something tells me we'll be feeling the various expressions of "Weatherbeaten" for awhile.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 26, 2012
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Recalling the year’s most notable shows

In the rearview mirror
Looking back over this year's art exhibitions, some of the most exciting shows could be discovered at uncommon venues.
By BRITTA KONAU  |  December 19, 2012
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Up close with a superbird

Book Report
Maine author Phillip Hoose always manages to dig up the compelling stories that haven't yet been told — but should be.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 26, 2012
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Mainstream progressives get Occupied

The 99 Percent Spring begins
"We are the 99 percent!" reverberates in the basement of the Portland Public Library on a Saturday morning. Ninety radicals — well, maybe damn strong liberals — are plotting to take over the government — well, in any case, to harass the one percent.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 18, 2012
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Domestic life viewed by 17 Maine photogs

Still tales
In the theater of Maine photography, the winter exhibit assembled at the Portland Public Library might be thought of as a kitchen drama — a show that tells the rich tales of the many and diverse voices of Maine domestic living — and it deserves to be seen by all who can afford to.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 11, 2012

Comics fest returns, with kids up front

Page Life
If you have any doubt that comic books are ascendant in popular culture, look no farther than the film Thor , based on the Marvel adaptation of the Norse god, which has earned more than $344 million in less than a month in theaters.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  May 18, 2011

The League ReEmerges

Annual Events
What better way to explain an electoral system (or anything, really) than by using cupcakes?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 12, 2011
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Reaching a new frontier

Book of the times
Shetterly's new memoir, Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home is the story of hardships — financial, familial, emotional — not usually the stuff that inspires switching places.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 09, 2011
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So you thought you were special

Literati
Reading Hannah Holmes's work is enlightening and entertaining — even when it's at its most depressing.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 16, 2011



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Robert Shetterly on his series of admirable Americans

Painting the truth
At a ceremony scheduled for noon on Friday, Brooksville painter Robert Shetterly will unveil a portrait of former Maine legislator and civil-rights leader Gerald Talbot in the Lewis Gallery of the Portland Public Library.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 04, 2011



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What is public art?

And can it be by someone from away?
Life is short; art is forever. At least until someone trips on it.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 29, 2010
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Fall Books Preview: Reading list

Smartening up the seasonal transition
Even if you’re not back in the classroom, autumn inspires a desire to learn, to restore the intellectualism that was fried by too many beers and barbecues and sunburns. Fortunately, Portland is full this fall with opportunities to spark your smarts.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 15, 2010



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We heart these people

Meet Portland's most influential
We all know Portland is a busy, exciting place to live. It takes a lot of people's amazing energy to keep it going, though. Who's doing the moving and the shaking?
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 10, 2010
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No assignments here

An enjoyable reading list
Need a break from all that required reading this fall? You're in luck. In
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 16, 2009
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The Maine Festival of the Book relocates to USM

Celebrating print
Now in its third year, the Maine Festival of the Book is settling into a new home on the USM campus
By ALEX IRVINE  |  April 01, 2009
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Reading roundup

Autumn’s authors about town
This fall’s regional literary scene will see abstinence and desire, ghosts and dykes, convicts and Christians, toxic water bottles and yummy food.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 10, 2008
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100 things to do

Want to call yourself a true Portlander? Here's a checklist.
A checklist for true Portlanders.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 27, 2008
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Festival of the book

Hob-nob with literary celebs
If you want to be closer to Ethan Hawke, mark your calendar to attend the second annual Maine Festival of the Book, to be held this Thursday through Saturday in Portland.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 19, 2008
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Awkward moments

Sue Miller's latest book is painfully close to the heart
Sue Miller’s stories can be uncomfortable to read — and that’s a compliment.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 16, 2008

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