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Wednesday, 07 December 2016 10:04

Turning 10

By Mike Fern

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BANGOR – There's only a few times in life where you have a chance to make a difference. It doesn't matter whether it's in your community, your family, a church or an employer where what you do has a direct impact on the lives of others.

 

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 11:32

Exploring poetry widely and wildly

A conversation with Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum

Published in Cover Story

Allen Adams to replace Katy England as assignment editor

Published in Biz
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 15:02

Knowledge is power

EMCC's Maine Trivia Tournament returns

BANGOR Things will be getting trivial for a not-so-trivial cause at Eastern Maine Community College.

The Third Annual Maine Trivia Tournament will be returning to EMCC's Johnston Gymnasium on March 31. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with the event beginning at 5:30 and running to approximately 9 p.m. The cost to register a team is $200, with all proceeds going to the EMCC Foundation.

Published in Style
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 14:26

Celeb Slam - (03-23-2016)

Wizard Katt

Over the years here at Celebrity Slam, we've occasionally had famous people go on extended runs of Slam-worthy brilliance. For weeks or even months at a time, these people would constantly stoke the boiler of our derision and mockery.

Think Charlie Sheen's weeks of goddesses, tiger blood and winning. Think Randy Quaid's furtive time as a fugitive and escape to Canada. Think Justin Bieber's, I don't know, 2014? These are the kinds of runs we're talking about. These are the people who reach that magical 'capable of anything' place.

And it seems like Katt Williams might cut in line.

Published in Celebrity Slam
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 14:20

Feast on The Never-Open Desert Diner'

Mystery/thriller features quirky, oddball characters

Part of the fun in picking up a debut novel is the lack of any real frame of reference. Sure, you might be able to glean some information from a synopsis or a book jacket. Perhaps the author has other writings short fiction and the like from which you might discern a sense of style. However, the ultimate truth is that you don't really know what you're going to get. It's a roll of the dice, with all that that entails. Sometimes, you're disappointed.

And sometimes as with James Anderson's 'The Never-Open Desert Diner' you wind up a winner.

Published in Style
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 14:20

Feast on The Never-Open Desert Diner'

Mystery/thriller features quirky, oddball characters

Part of the fun in picking up a debut novel is the lack of any real frame of reference. Sure, you might be able to glean some information from a synopsis or a book jacket. Perhaps the author has other writings short fiction and the like from which you might discern a sense of style. However, the ultimate truth is that you don't really know what you're going to get. It's a roll of the dice, with all that that entails. Sometimes, you're disappointed.

And sometimes as with James Anderson's 'The Never-Open Desert Diner' you wind up a winner.

Published in Style
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 14:09

Celebrating Pee-Wee's Big Holiday'

Netflix offering proves fun, surprisingly heartfelt

There have been plenty of ill-conceived sequels in recent years. Whether they're too close together or too far apart, these movies rarely manage any kind of worthwhile payoff for audiences.

However, every once in a while, a project comes along that seems borderline absurd on its surface, yet turns out to be a welcome and wonderful surprise.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 12:54

Play ball! (03-23-2016)

Previewing the 2016 MLB season

Once again, spring has sprung. Regardless of what the weather outside brings, there's no escaping the fact that we're just days away from the beginnings of another baseball season. The crack of the bat and the smack of the mitt will soon surround us.

There's a lot to look forward to in 2016. We get to see the Kansas City Royals as defending champions for the first time in 30 years. We get to watch as generational talents such as Mike Trout and Bryce Harper redefine what a young player can do; we also bear witness to a season-long good-bye from Red Sox all-timer David Ortiz. Exciting young teams like the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros will show us the future of the sport.

Published in Cover Story

Latest installment of YA adaptation a dull, derivative mess

As we all know by now, young adult fiction can serve as the source material for some big money film franchises. One of the now-standard quirks of these series is the division of the final book into two separate films all the better to create an additional opportunity to cash in.

The 'Hunger Games' might have finally come to a merciful conclusion, but hey if you're looking for a less interesting knock-off version featuring a thinner plot and weaker performances, perhaps I can interest you in the 'Divergent' series.

The latest in the series is 'Allegiant,' based on part of the third book in Veronica Roth's trilogyand it definitely feels like it. Even in a genre that consists almost entirely of increasingly diminishing returns, the drop-off in these films has proved shockingly steep.

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