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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 12:06

The life and times of the Old Perfesser

“Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character”

Published in Sports

SEARSPORT - Hear exciting stories of the shipwrecks of Penobscot Bay told by Maine historian Harry Gratwick in his illustrated talk at Penobscot Marine Museum on Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m. as part of their summer Thursday Night Lecture Series.

Harry Gratwick, whose many books on Maine include 'Stories From the Maine Coast: Skippers, Ships and Storms,' shares highlights from his research on the Bay's fascinating history of shipwrecks. Learn about the famous Revolutionary War shipwrecks of the ill-fated Penobscot Expedition, as well as exciting stories of more modern shipwrecks.

Published in Adventure
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 10:33

Kicking it with Chris Kluwe

An interview with the punter/author/bon vivant

The term 'renaissance man' gets thrown around pretty liberally these days. It seems like all you have to do to get that label is have at least one interest outside your chosen profession; basically, do something beyond just your job at something resembling a high level and boom! Renaissance man.

And then you've got someone like Chris Kluwe.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 15:35

A Flatlander's Guide to Maine'

Whether you're from away' or not, you'll want this book

Some people are born lucky - others have to move to Maine from somewhere else. Mark Ricketts has a book for those poor souls: 'A Flatlander's Guide to Maine,' ($16.95, Islandport Press) is filled with amusing observations that have been colorfully illustrated by this famous flatlander.

Some may be familiar with Ricketts's work in The Bangor Metro with his column by colorful Maine native Earl Hornswaggle, the oldest man in the state. Or with 'Moose Mountain,' which classed up the weekly publication The Maine Edge (if that's possible). 

Published in Adventure

Book signing with The Doors' drummer at Bull Moose in Scarborough 4/20 at 2 p.m.

Somewhere today, a 15-year-old kid is buying his first Doors album and is listening to the beautifully dark and mysterious songs with the same sense of wonder felt by generations of kids before him. As he digs deeper into the band's catalog and explores their history, he will attach a personal value to the band's name. The songs will accompany him during pivotal moments in his life and memories will be made with The Doors providing the soundtrack.   

As Doors drummer John Densmore sees it, part of his job today is to make sure that the value placed upon the band's name, image and music by that 15 year old, and millions of other Doors fans like him, remains untarnished.

Published in Music
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 15:15

Lifesaving Lessons'

Linda Greenlaw's latest offering a touching tale

Many people dream about being a parent. There are entire marketing industries that feed off that dream. Photographers, toys, cribs and bunk beds. For Linda Greenlaw, it seemed as though that dream would never be realized, and it was something she was more or less at peace with. But her dream of motherhood was realized in a way she never expected when she became the guardian of a troubled teen who had been sexually abused by her uncle. This is the main topic of Greenlaw's newest book, 'Lifesaving Lessons: Notes from an Accidental Mother' (Viking, $26.95).

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:05

The best of baseball's worst

Who's on Worst?' looks at bottom of baseball's barrel

There are many reasons that we love sports, but one of the biggest is the fun found in athletic subjectivity. Using evidence both statistical and anecdotal to debate who was better or the best Russell or Wilt, Montana or Brady, Jordan or James - there's nothing better to a hardcore sports fan.

But of all the sports, baseball likely inspires more of these debates than any other. The game's deep dedication to history and devotion to ever-evolving statistical analysis makes it perfect for these sorts of conversations. Everyone's got their favorites and everyone has a reason why their guy is the best of all time.

Published in Sports
Collection offers look at society's fringes and failures

Short fiction is relatively easy to write. Good short fiction, however, is quite difficult. Any writer can tell a story in a few thousand words. Telling a story that makes an impact and moves the reader in those same few thousand words is an art that many writers will never master.

Sam Lipsyte's newest book 'The Fun Parts' (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; $24) is that rare collection that carries that art forward into full bloom. It's a baker's dozen worth of postcards from the edge; each of the 13 stories is a glimpse at the people existing on the fringe. The characters populating Lipsyte's literary landscape aren't the sort that the reader is meant to love or even to like, to be truthful but they are brought to life with sharply-honed cleverness and furious glee.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 13:35

Metafictional Miracles'

New novel offers insight into the nature of truth

Just how true must something be in order to be considered 'truth'? And what makes one truth truer than another?

These are the kinds of questions that sit at the center of 'Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles' (Viking; $26.95), the latest novel from acclaimed author (and Waterville resident) Ron Currie Jr. Through one man's physical, intellectual and emotional quests, the reader is swept up into a tale of love and loss - and yes, the nature of truth - told in a unique voice.

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