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The triumph of the unpredictable

American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good By Colin Woodard New York: Viking, 2016 A humorous New Yorker magazine cover from mid-2015 depicts the then-Republican field of would-be presidents suiting up in a genteel locker room as Hillary Clinton looks in the window:… SEE MORE

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Be ruthless: novelist heeds her own advice

My Name is Lucy Barton By Elizabeth Strout (Random House, 2016) I let my mind wander a bit as I pondered writing this review, as if I were the title character in Elizabeth Strout’s new novel, My Name is Lucy Barton, feverish and somewhat free-associating. I’ve reviewed Strout’s novels on… SEE MORE
Some of the early members of Maine Coast Artists

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Maine rocks the arts, the arts rock Maine

In 2012, according to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Economic Analysis, arts and culture production accounted for $698 billion, or 4.32 percent of the nation’s economy. Surprise: that’s more than construction, transportation or tourism. In Maine, by 2014, there were 3,262 arts-related businesses sustaining 10,667 jobs. In other words, the arts account for… SEE MORE
Suzette McAvoy in a hallway at the new Center for Maine Contemporary Art.

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High visibility for contemporary art in Rockland

The idea behind the new Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) building on Winter Street just off Main Street in Rockland is to “turn a traditional museum inside out,” says executive director Suzette McAvoy. The building, which has been under construction and visible to much of Rockland’s downtown over the… SEE MORE
"Leaping off the Steamship Wharf

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‘Post Card Day’ celebrated at Penobscot Marine Museum

While the centennial of the founding of Acadia National Park is being celebrated this year all across the greater Mount Desert Island region, the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport has chosen the 100th anniversary of another event as the focus for its summer’s exhibitions: Post Card Day. On April 19,… SEE MORE