Ben-Gay tastes like pennies and other memories of Papa Ed Stover

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“That little book, which I should not have looked at but am glad I did, revealed to me doddering old Papa, with his suspenders, socks pulled up to his knees, and puffy trucker hat barely resting atop his head, as an actual person, a human being. He thought about people and worried about things.” — […]

4 horror movies to watch at home in the dark this weekend

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My wife and I have been watching horror movies in honor of Halloween month. Our first batch included Sleepaway Camp (1983), Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), Shivers (1975) and The Strangers (2008). For the most part, all of them — as most horror tends to be — were gory and macabre meditations on […]

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. […]