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Young Adulteration

Kid lit, cultural literacy, and the rise of books that are fun to read
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 .
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 21, 2011
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Wanna get away?

Maine retreats offer a chance to recharge and reconnect — with yourself, your partner, or the spiritual world
Believe it or not, there are some people who seek to "get" something out of their vacations beyond a sunburn and a souvenir mug.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 15, 2011



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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, 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 what you will about my fragrance, at least it's never been actionable.
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 14, 2011



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11 Fictional glimpses of the Boston of tomorrow

Futures past
The history of the future is not long.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 08, 2011
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11 Fictional glimpses of the Boston of tomorrow

Futures past
The history of the future is not long.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 08, 2011



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Sam Costello is Rhode Island's king of dark comics

The horror!
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.
By CHUCK O'DONNELL  |  October 27, 2010



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Have a weird summer!

Five Ocean State oddities worth seeking out
We take you to places a little less predictable and, perhaps, a little less scenic.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 16, 2010

Your words are not your own

Less Otten. More Originality.
Plagiarism is a serious charge.
By AL DIAMON  |  May 12, 2010
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Review: On the road with David Foster Wallace

David Lipsky’s Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself  treads lightly in the footsteps of a literary giant
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 17, 2010



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Holy Scrollers!

The future of e-publishing can be found in one of the world's oldest books.
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.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 22, 2010



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Searching for Stephen King

A new biography presents facts but not a full story
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.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 13, 2010
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Photos: Stephen King-inspired artwork

  Images from Knowing Darkness: Artists Inspired by Stephen King
Artwork from Stephen King's novel covers and more
By CENTIPEDE PRESS  |  January 14, 2010

Road to riches

The Pike gouges
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.
By AL DIAMON  |  November 18, 2009
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Hip-hop from Hell

Horrorcore salutes Ice Cube and Alice Cooper
Depraved hip-hop is the biggest thing to hit trailer-trash America since sliced meds.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 29, 2009
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Deal with It

Revisiting the nightmares of a four-hour, made-for-TV Stephen King miniseries
When I was seven, I had a winter coat with flashes of neon so bright they glowed in the dark.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 28, 2009
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Hip-hop is dead

. . . or undead, rather — just ask Zombie Death Squad
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.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 30, 2009
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Deep impact

Ron Currie Jr. has a blast with the apocalypse once more
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 young boy.
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 01, 2009

As white as they come

Maine: The other white state
It seems to be Maine's turn again to be the least racially diverse state in the nation.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  May 27, 2009

Art for art's sake

The creative economy
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.
By AL DIAMON  |  April 29, 2009



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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?

Old books
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 .
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 02, 2008
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Interview: John Cusack sounds off on War, Inc.

Say everything
Most filmgoers recognize John Cusack as a brooding sexy, sometimes sardonic leading man.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 11, 2008

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