Portland Pride! Co-Chair Jill Barkley on the importance of LGBT celebration and the road ahead

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I had the great pleasure of talking with Jill Barkley, Co-chair, along with Christopher O’Connor, of Portland Pride! They oversaw the 10 days of events, lectures, and parties that celebrated LGBT pride in Southern Maine over the past week and a half. The event culminated in a massive parade and festival that took part on […]

In a culture that fetishizes youth and health, discussing illness is a radical act


Kelly Coviello is an editor and the biggest Bruce Springsteen fan that I know. She is also very ill. Coviello’s illness is complex and she explains it in detail below. More importantly—and the reason I interviewed her—she is particularly public about her illness in her life and on social media. We discussed why, in a […]

Nomar Slevik talks UFOs Over Maine


Nomar Slevik is a Mainer known for his skills as a musician and a producer, but also for his interest in the paranormal. An encounter with a UFO when he was a young boy sparked in Slevik a life-long fascination with the subject. His new book, UFOs Over Maine: Close Encounters from the Pine Tree […]

Taking my teenage to stage: I got Mortified and lived to tell the tale

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Mortified is an exercise in retrospective, voyeuristic group therapy as a form of public entertainment. A number of people—5 in the case of a recent event that took place at SPACE Gallery on Saturday night—get in front of a crowd and read excerpts from their teenage journals. While it sounds like it has the potential […]

The customer is not always right: local restauranter confronts racist customer


Everybody in the service and hospitality industry knows that the adage “The customer is always right” is absolutely wrong. Even for those who are not in the industry, we all have had enough experience with humanity to know that there are more than a handful of duds in the bunch. Customers can be great, but […]

A Millennial Declaration of Independence: It’s not me, it’s you


Feeling abandoned by political parties—and the two party system as we presently know it—young people largely lean independent (as do an increasing number of Americans). Desperate in the face of dwindling affiliation, some party activists’ method of appealing to us is by way of ridicule and hurling blame. This morning I was reminded of why […]

13 Instagram photos that make me no longer want to cut the Old Port Festival


Like most sane adults, I do everything I can to avoid the Old Port Festival. When I lived in Portland, I would take the day off and leave the city, the same way I would leave town on St. Patrick’s Day when I lived in South Boston. Whenever the Old Port Festival comes up, I […]

Straddling Class: Feeling out of place while in between classes


My friend Shay told me that it sounds to her like I am a class straddler. I explained that I was incredibly uncomfortable while in the crowd at The Moth Mainstage event at The State Theater. (The Moth, for the uninitiated, is a live storytelling event, recorded versions of which air on MPBN Radio.) MPBN […]