Twenty minutes ago, there were roughly 400 people already at the Augusta Civic Center (the hearing begins at 9), "and no opponents in sight," Deirdre Fulton reports.
A Portland native and Bates College alum, Elizabeth Strout, has won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Her novel in stories, Olive Kitteridge (which we're proud to say we gave notice to before many other publications), takes place largely in a coastal town in Maine. It tells the stories of a strong-willed woman and the people who surround her.
Well, by now we all know not to respond to those e-mails promising millions of dollars will come our way if only we allow our bank accounts to be used as conduits for smuggling money out of Nigeria, or South Africa, or wherever.
But what do we do when someone purporting to be a member of the US military makes us the same offer? Isn't it our money in the first place, this money being shifted out of Iraq? The quandary deepens.
I got a call on Friday - which ended up in a fine conversation - from a person upset that we chose Dean's Sweets as an editors' pick in our The Best of Portland issue this week.
The caller in question thought there were other, better, chocolatiers in Portland. Since chocolate is such a deeply personal choice, I'm happy to admit others have differing opinions.
The other day we here at the Phoenix got an e-mail about the State Theatre from Roy Ghim, who hosts Liberation By Sound on WMPG, with a tale of, as he described it, how something that "was initially a scoop turned out to be a non-story." Nevertheless, he sent it our way, no longer as a scoop, but rather "as a tragicomedy." Here's what he had to say:
I write today to commend the Portland Press Herald, for having the courage to deeply explore objections to same-sex marriage, and to report, even in an opinion piece, pitfalls that have come out of the national drive toward legalizing same-sex marriage.
MD Harmon's opinion piece today is masterful, commanding, and is a must-read piece of writing.
Here's a slideshow of photos and a video from last night's The Best of Portland party at Port City Music Hall. Congratulations to all the winners, thanks to everyone who attended, and thanks also to all the Phoenix readers who voted in the poll!
Photos by Janice Checchio, John Marshall, and Sonya Tomlinson
We are delaying distribution of the Portland Phoenix this week - just by one day - to allow us to surprise our winners of The Best of Portland readers' poll at our celebration on Wednesday night. Come join us at Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress Street, Portland, from 7 to 10 pm. Admission's free, and there will be live music from Jacob Augustine, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, and Spencer and the School Spirit Mafia - as well as free food.
About a year ago, I wrote about local author Alex Carr's The Prince of Bagram Prison. Now, that book has been nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for a 2009 Edgar Award in the category of Best Paperback Original. Congratulations!!
Tomorrow evening, Charlie Gaylord's Greetings From Area Code 207 show on WBLM (102.9 FM) will spend an hour with Ray LaMontagne, talking about Meg White, Rustic Overtones, and Ray's move to Massachusetts(!). Hear some older Ray live tracks and some stuff from his new disc. It's on April 15 at 8 pm, and again April 19 at 9 am, or streaming live at wblm.com.
Admission to MENSK's Earth Day festivities next Wednesday: one piece of litter. Clever, guys!
Neighbor (well, a mile away) and friend Robyn Schnaible just got some serious props from Martha - Robyn's Etsy store (sirkus.etsy.com), which sells vintage finds and restorations, got name-checked in Martha Stewart Weddings.
It's the start of the baseball season, so let's refresh: Three strikes and you're out. Let's hope this means we've seen the back of a vindictive pseudonymous blogger whose rantings have become less credible and more personal over the past few months.
Those of us who have been watching the blogosphere coverage of the pseudonymous "Thomas Cushing Munjoy" can chalk up yet another moment in the quitter's poker that he's been playing.
As of this morning, half of New England permits gay marriage!
Here's hoping we're next.
Our newish BFFs (and purveyors/dealers of our favorite food/drug) at Dean's Sweets just announced an amazing offer - FREE CHOCOLATE. We are not kidding; they are not kidding. This is not an April Fool's joke, nor any other sort of joke. (I never joke about chocolate. It's WAY too serious a topic.)
Dean's Sweets, which our reviewer Brian Duff absolutely loved, hand-makes small batches of chocolate truffles.