Culture

Shark! Reading Jaws in Trump’s America

Shark! Reading Jaws in Trump’s America

It’s beach season here in Maine, and killer sharks are in the news again. Maine occupies the northernmost range of the great white shark, but thanks to climate change, these apex predators are now stalking our rapidly warming coastal waters with...

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The Real Problem with Food Trucks

The Real Problem with Food Trucks

Many column inches have been dedicated to the recent food truck controversy on the Eastern Prom of Portland. The ‘debate’ is framed in traditional neo-liberal terms, with free-market entrepreneurs (the food truck owners) hustling for a living and...

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America’s Desensitization to Gun Violence

America’s Desensitization to Gun Violence

Ten people in Buffalo, NY on May 14. Twenty-one people in Uvalde, TX, including nineteen children, on May 24. Most people will recognize the events alluded to here: recent mass shootings in the United States. We know about these two events because...

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Parents Organizing for Power

Parents Organizing for Power

If you’ve heard of Parent Ambassadors from Educare you’re likely a preschool parent. Either that, or you are on one of the various boards, agencies or advisory groups that count one as a member. Or you’re one of the government officials or...

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Review: Come and See, war is hell in (Belo)Russia

Review: Come and See, war is hell in (Belo)Russia

Sharky is a Maineiac from Portland rambling about all things art, and music of every stripe, including rock, progressive, jazz, symphonic, Lieder… and food, too. He writes regularly at Shark on Arts. In 1985 Russian filmmaker Elem Klimov released...

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Driven Out By Burnout

Driven Out By Burnout

This is part of a series, “The Great American Burnout,” that focuses on interviews with Mainers who experienced burnout during the pandemic. Sam Spadafore sat down with LCPC turned realtor Kary Goodman to share her story on leaving the social...

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Review: Coen’s magnificent The Tragedy of MacBeth

Review: Coen’s magnificent The Tragedy of MacBeth

Sharky (AKA G. Paul Padillo) is a Maineiac from Portland rambling about all things art, and music of every stripe, including rock, progressive, jazz, symphonic, Lieder… and food, too. He writes regularly at Shark on Arts. There should be no doubt...

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Artist Denies Cop Collaboration on Parkside Mural

Artist Denies Cop Collaboration on Parkside Mural

“Have you seen this?” a DSA comrade messaged me. “It’s a police badge!" Linked were two news stories about a mural at 82 Gilman Street in Portland, Maine that depicted two cats—one white, one dark blue, overlooking a sea of fish, with the words...

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