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Sarah Braunstein's uncomfortable, beautiful hyperreality

(Bitter)sweet emotion
There's an unsettling honesty that spills from Portland author Sarah Braunstein's first novel, The Sweet Relief of Missing Children .
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 23, 2011


Smoke Local

Where will marijuana fit into Maine's economy?
Lobsters, blueberries, potatoes, and . . . pot? As Maine's medical-marijuana program inches closer to business-as-usual, weed is on the verge of becoming a meaningful part of the state's economy — a budding piece of Maine's local, sustainable, pro-agriculture aesthetic.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 16, 2011


Getting rid of e-waste

Going green
I'm doing a major apartment clean-up and I'm trying to dispose of my unwanted items as responsibly as possible. I'm recycling (both curbside and through Goodwill) as much as I can. But what to do with the electronic waste I've accumulated over the years?
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 16, 2011


Found in translation

Local book launch
When Susan Conley, her husband, and their two young boys moved from Maine to Beijing in 2008, she had plans to write about her experience as a mother in that huge, foreign world.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 02, 2011


Making the grade

Two recent studies examine academics and athletics in Portland's public schools
Portland students are struggling with reading at elementary and secondary levels, according to a report released last week. Meanwhile, the city's two high schools are close to achieving gender equity in athletic programs, says a separate report.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 26, 2011

Mayor's race kicks off

Getting to know you
Last week, the first three mayoral candidates filed their paperwork. So begins Portland’s first elected-mayor campaign in more than eight decades.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 26, 2011

Farming and the future

Going green
The announcement of the Maine Farmland Trust's ambitious 100,000-acre preservation goal wasn't the only farming news this month (see " Another row to hoe "). And, some thoughts about what lies ahead on the green front.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 19, 2011

Another row to hoe

Land preservation
Big news coming out of the Maine Agricultural Trades Show earlier this month (from which the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, MOFGA, was bizarrely excluded): the Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) announced a $50 million campaign to preserve 100,000 acres of farmland in the Pine Tree State over the next three years.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 19, 2011


Fusing porn with high art

A Q-and-A with Salacious founder Katie Diamond
Porn in the form of prose and poems, along with sexy and graphic illustrations and photos, fill the pages of Salacious , a new magazine dedicated to erotic art and literature, the likes of which you may never have seen — at least not compiled in one place.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 12, 2011


Portlander to cover 3000+ miles in five months on foot

Ultra-distance running
On January 8, Portland native Zoe Romano will set off for a morning run in Huntington Beach, California. Make no mistake: this isn't a begrudging follow-through on a New Year's resolution, or a jog around the block. Try more than 140 not-quite-marathons, back-to-back.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 04, 2011


2011 predictions: Winds of chance

A casino, wind-power exploration, fighting hunger, challenging Snowe, and more head our way in 2011
It's impossible to predict the future, obviously, but we at the Phoenix have peered into our crystal ball in search of important issues that will arise in 2011.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 29, 2010


Looking back on 2010: Maine goes red

Republicans take over Augusta, Portland cops go online, gay rights stay center stage, and more!
There were big wins, big defeats, encouraging signs, and disappointments. Here's a look at what Maine enjoyed — and endured — in 2010.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 22, 2010

Year in Greenview

Going green
While eco-friendly initiatives gained some local traction this year, the national environmental picture was relatively bleak in 2010 — and stands to get even more depressing next year.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 22, 2010

Will the lame ducks lift Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?

Down to the wire
The clock is ticking for Congress to act on two important anti-discrimination measures, both contained in the huge defense bill that senators hope to debate before the holiday recess.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 08, 2010


Who’s running for mayor? (Yes, already!)

Hats in the Ring Dept.
Here's an early holiday gift from us to you: A new election to start thinking about! (You can thank us later.)
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 01, 2010

Doomtree + Sontiago at SPACE Gallery, November 28

Music seen
Something was up with the microphones when the Doomtree crew took the stage on Sunday night at SPACE Gallery.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 01, 2010

Eat, buy, love: A mini Going Green gift guide.

Going green
As I write this, I'm slurping down a soup made of roasted broccoli, celery root, garlic, and broth. I'd never cooked with celery root before, but I had to learn fast — the ugly-but-tasty vegetable was included in the first box of winter farm-share produce that arrived last week.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 24, 2010


Eat me: Delicious insects will save us all

Insects are a more sustainable protein source than cows or pigs, they're more nutritious, and they're being taken seriously.
Insects are a more sustainable protein source than cows or pigs, they're more nutritious, and they're being taken seriously.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 17, 2010

Maine Democrats try to put the past behind them

Losing team
State Democrats may be down (in numbers) but they're not out (of ideas).
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 16, 2010

Blue city in a red state

Election wrap-up
Maine changed last Tuesday. By a slim margin, citizens voted to send Tea Party-backed Paul LePage to the Blaine House next year.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 11, 2010


Classic burlesque star swings into town

Octogenarian dedication
"I've always been a class act," says Tempest Storm, the 82-year-old Burlesque Hall of Fame dancer. "I have a personality that really connects with the audience — the expression on your face, your eyes, your smile — I've been told that . . . when I hit the stage, something transforms over my face."
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 03, 2010

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