Every mid-to-late 90s point of reference in Can’t Hardly Wait

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Last night I watched Aguirre, Wrath of God, tonight I watched Can’t Hardly Wait. Aguirre is clearly the superior film, but having come of age in the late 90s, Hardly strikes a few more chords than I’d like to admit. From Lauren Ambrose’s hair to Seth Green’s inspired performance as a white kid who desperately […]

5 favorite not-at-all fancy Portland restaurants and bars

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Portland has so many amazing, high profile, chronically celebrated restaurants that it is easy to forget those just “pretty good,” solidly reliable places that consistently hit the spot. When you want something as simple as a burger, figuring out where to go can quickly spiral into a bout of existential despair. Do I go to […]

Journalist Summer Brennan discusses oysters, changing climate, and the future of sustainable farming

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Summer Brennan is an author and journalist who is occasionally based in Brooklyn and occasionally based in Point Reyes, California. She is currently finishing writing The Oyster War, a book on oysters, wilderness, food and the environment. The book focuses on a specific dispute between a family of oyster farmers from Northern California and the […]

In which we ignore context to excuse our own racist attitudes

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After receiving a good deal of positive feedback on my recent post about race, particularly from folks who struggle with the topic and typically feel unheard, I received the following message to which I will respond below. Clearly you have never been victimized by black crime. You have never had your girlfriendĀ  held up at […]

“I’m King of the Mall” or: Confessions of a Teenage Mall Rat

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Sometime in my later teenage years, my elderly father told me that he enjoyed sitting on the benches in the mall and just watching young people be young. He appreciated our energy and liked sitting and letting it wash over him. I understood this more than he figured I did. I enjoyed going there largely […]

Rest well, Shaman King: On Robin Williams

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I don’t have much to offer about the passing and legacy of Robin Williams outside of what has already been written, Tweeted, shared via status updates, exchanged at kitchen tables, or conveyed in shocked text exchanges. Beginning with the syndicated episodes of Mork and Mindy that aired in the early 80s, Williams has always been […]

Searching for good barbeque in Northern New England (New Hampshire edition): Goody Cole’s and Moat Mountain

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I had really great barbeque at the monthly Flanagan’s Table dinner in Buxton this past Monday night. The event featured the food of guest chefs Jay Villani and Garry Bowcott of Salvage Barbeque, and so I was craving carefully smoked and pit cooked meats all week. To satisfy that urge, my wife and I took […]