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What’s that you say? A book centered around Shakespeare AND academia? Yes, I WOULD like to know more.

As someone with both a deep and abiding love for the Bard and a personal understanding of the ins and outs of small liberal arts colleges, I was always going to be interested in a book like Mona Awad’s “All’s Well” (Simon & Schuster, $27). However, while that introductory elevator pitch was enough to get me in the door, could it keep me there?

Reader, it most assuredly could. And did.

This is a darkly funny and strange tale, the story of a woman whose professional and personal missteps (both figurative and literal) have left her in a bleak and hopeless place. It’s the story of what can happen when passion curdles into something else, something powered by self-loathing and anger, all of it set against a backdrop of a theatre professor who makes a bargain that she doesn’t understand in a desperate hope to turn around the life she sees slipping away.

Published in Style
Tuesday, 30 October 2018 23:01

I lost on ‘Jeopardy!’

BANGOR – I lost on “Jeopardy!”

On Oct. 30, a Tuesday, the episode – my episode - finally hit the airwaves. After over two months of vague answers to the questions asked by friends, acquaintances and strangers alike, I can finally say it: I lost. Despite playing what I considered to be a pretty strong game, in the end, it didn’t work out for me.

And it’s OK. Obviously, I would have loved to be a champion, but the truth is that the experience itself is what really wound up mattering.

Published in Cover Story
Tuesday, 23 October 2018 17:19

Edge editor to appear on ‘Jeopardy!’

BANGOR – This local writer and editor is going to appear on “Jeopardy!”

Who is … me?

Yeah - you’re going to see me on “Jeopardy!”

For real. I, Allen Adams, editor of The Maine Edge, will make my “Jeopardy!” debut on October 30. The syndicated question and answer show – currently in the midst of its 35th anniversary season – airs locally at 7:30 p.m. on WVII.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 10:04

Turning 10

By Mike Fern

Publisher

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.

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