22 Instagram photos that showcase how fabulous the Fryeburg Fair was

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I recently wrote fondly about the Fryeburg Fair, and my memories about growing up going to it. My wife and I went to the fair twice last week, once with our daughter and once without. As I explained elsewhere, the with child/without child experience are both two very animals. It’s hard to enjoy the fair […]

Korn, Glee, and questioning authority: I was interviewed on the Katalyst podcast

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Kyle Poissonnier of Katalyst had me on his podcast this week. You can listen to it here. It is the first of two podcast interviews I will appear in this week, as I have apparently become the Dom Deluise of Maine-based Internet talk shows. Along with my wife, I recently modeled a limited edition hoodie […]

LaVerdiere’s Halloween Aisle: Fond memories of Halloween in the pre-digital, pre-safety age

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In the mid-90s, LaVerdiere’s Super Drug, then the largest chain in Maine, was sold to Rite Aid. The transition was a depressing one for Halloween obsessed Mainers. Sure, Rite Aid still boasted (and continues to boast) an aisle dedicated to candy, cobwebs and greasepaint, but was sanitized to fit within a corporate drugstore aesthetic. Its […]

I made myself available to listen and this is what people told me

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Over the weekend, I participated in citydrift/Portland, “a three-day meta-event” that took place in Portland. I am still not clear on what a “meta-event” is, but I know that there were various installations, performances, and other related goings on. I participated because Mariah Bergeron asked me to, and I do whatever Mariah Bergeron asks me to do. […]

I told Eater Maine how I would like to see the world changed with food…

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Eater relaunched its site design today. From Eater Maine: To mark the relaunch of Eater today, the Features team compiled a collection of seventy-two of the best ideas for how people around the world are or how they plan to or how they want to change the world through food. A lot of the ideas are incredibly earnest. […]

The Maine GOP is a successful, albeit soulless, machine

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“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.” — Mark Twain You know, sometimes you produce a short documentary about an gubernatorial candidate that—unbeknownst to you—contains a song lyric that alludes to another elected official giving head. Then the GOP […]

On chaperoning two grown women I met at a trade show to a weed dispensary in Denver

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The trip to the dispensary was initiated by Maggie, a “product representative” in her mid-40s, who came over to our booth and tested the waters by jokingly asking a leading-question about pot. “Where’s the weed,” she asked, pawing her way through our bowl of free candy. “You should give that away instead,” she laughed. “It […]