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Two Jews, three opinions

A founder of America's first Jewish film festival takes stock of the big questions
The opening segment of Between Two Worlds deals with the bitter disagreement over the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival's 2009 decision to screen the controversial documentary Rachel , about an American activist crushed by an Israeli Defense Forces bulldozer near the Egyptian border in 2003.
By: ALEX IRVINE  |  March 14, 2012

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Bringing the big comic-book guns to town

Other worlds
In its short history, the brand-new Ocean Gateway terminal hasn't seen anything like the hundreds of comic-book creators, collectors, and fans (900 strong, nearly half of them age 12 or under) who attended the inaugural Maine Comics Arts Festival on Sunday.
By: ALEX IRVINE  |  May 20, 2009


The Maine Festival of the Book relocates to USM

Celebrating print
Now in its third year, the Maine Festival of the Book is settling into a new home on the USM campus
By: ALEX IRVINE  |  April 01, 2009


Censorship for Me, Penelope

Girl, Interrupted
Lisa Jahn-Clough's young-adult novel Me, Penelope is the subject of a recent dispute at Tavares Middle School in Orlando, Florida.
By: ALEX IRVINE  |  March 04, 2009


Maine creators at the New York Comic-Con

Dispatch from Comictopia
If you've never attended a large comics convention, it's difficult to get a sense of the enormity and nonstop sensory onslaught.
By: ALEX IRVINE  |  February 11, 2009

Matching up writers and agents

You had me at 'hello'
At the Eastland Park Hotel on February 2, a dozen literary agents and publishers from Maine, Boston, and New York heard pitches from 75 aspiring writers on topics ranging from post-traumatic stress disorder to the history of the steamship.
By: ALEX IRVINE  |  February 11, 2009


Water Dogs

Lewis Robinson's first novel picks up where Officer Friendly left off
A sort-of mystery novel that may or may not involve a crime, Water Dogs is also the story of a family broken by the death of its patriarch, "Coach," whose three children (fail to) cope with his death in highly individualized and complicated ways.
By: ALEX IRVINE  |  January 28, 2009


Forming a Collective

'Where am I? And what the hell am I doing here?'
When your intrepid correspondent walks into Arabica Coffee to meet with the members of a shadowy group rumored to be executing a graphical Exquisite Corpse the likes of which Portland has never seen, he finds out that the group is in fact so shadowy that its members aren't quite sure how many of them there are.
By: ALEX IRVINE  |  January 07, 2009
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