From the Editor Archive

July/August 2017 Pal·imp·sest ‘palm(p)sest/ noun • Something showing traces of an earlier existence. Go Navy. To a coastal city like Portland, Navy Week (August 21-27) is a natural celebration. Scratch […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Palimpsest

July/August 2017 Pal·imp·sest ‘palm(p)sest/ noun • Something showing traces of an earlier existence. Go Navy. To a coastal city like Portland, Navy Week (August 21-27) is a natural celebration. Scratch […]

Summerguide 2017 This Summerguide 2017 issue of Portland Monthly is a labor not just of love, but True Love. We do this sort of thing on purpose. In a year […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Yare

Summerguide 2017 This Summerguide 2017 issue of Portland Monthly is a labor not just of love, but True Love. We do this sort of thing on purpose. In a year […]

May 2017 In 1981, when we were newlyweds, we went to the Windy City by Pullman to see Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party. Because it was a special occasion, we stayed […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

A Tender Lagniappe

May 2017 In 1981, when we were newlyweds, we went to the Windy City by Pullman to see Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party. Because it was a special occasion, we stayed […]

April 2017 Just because the late, great Barbara F. Lefcowitz (1935-2015) has gone to the Great Beyond doesn’t mean she doesn’t keep in touch with me. In fact, she’s started […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Bricolage

April 2017 Just because the late, great Barbara F. Lefcowitz (1935-2015) has gone to the Great Beyond doesn’t mean she doesn’t keep in touch with me. In fact, she’s started […]

February/March 2017 Happy March! On March 26, 1898, Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt changed Maine’s nautical history with the stroke of a pen. Sir.–It is the intention of […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Brooklyn Girl

February/March 2017 Happy March! On March 26, 1898, Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt changed Maine’s nautical history with the stroke of a pen. Sir.–It is the intention of […]

Winterguide 2017 Aselenologist studies the moon. An ontologist is fascinated with being and nothingness. I met a pharographer once. He came from 7,000 miles away to document Maine’s lighthouses. Most […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Seeing the Seen

Winterguide 2017 Aselenologist studies the moon. An ontologist is fascinated with being and nothingness. I met a pharographer once. He came from 7,000 miles away to document Maine’s lighthouses. Most […]

December 2016 Few places are more Italian at Christmas than Portland, Maine. Our city is famous for its genius to celebrate The Feast of the Seven Fishes. For Tony Napolitano […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Lucky Sevens:

December 2016 Few places are more Italian at Christmas than Portland, Maine. Our city is famous for its genius to celebrate The Feast of the Seven Fishes. For Tony Napolitano […]

November 2016 Sometimes the best part of a Maine fall is wintering in. Sheltered from the storms, I grew up cherishing the time-battered book collection of ‘reader copies’ in the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Reader Copies

November 2016 Sometimes the best part of a Maine fall is wintering in. Sheltered from the storms, I grew up cherishing the time-battered book collection of ‘reader copies’ in the […]

October 2016 Last spring, in the middle of one of those dreary late snowstorms, a stunning vellum envelope appeared in our mailbox just when we needed it. To our delight, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Print Makes the Occasion Special

October 2016 Last spring, in the middle of one of those dreary late snowstorms, a stunning vellum envelope appeared in our mailbox just when we needed it. To our delight, […]

September 2016 Colin W. Sargent, Editor & Publisher The Ghostbusters Fan site defines a ghost trap as “a piece of ghostbusting equipment almost as important as the proton pack in […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Ghost Traps vs. Ghost Traps

September 2016 Colin W. Sargent, Editor & Publisher The Ghostbusters Fan site defines a ghost trap as “a piece of ghostbusting equipment almost as important as the proton pack in […]

July/August 2016 Reading is a deep and convincing passage to another place and time. So fully do we lose ourselves while reading a book or magazine that cognitive literature scholar […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Reading: Do You Dare?

July/August 2016 Reading is a deep and convincing passage to another place and time. So fully do we lose ourselves while reading a book or magazine that cognitive literature scholar […]

Summerguide 2016 Portland Head Light is legendary for its bright beam that cuts through the empty darkness. Here at Portland Monthly Magazine, we love our legendary fiction section. We are […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Fabulous Fiction

Summerguide 2016 Portland Head Light is legendary for its bright beam that cuts through the empty darkness. Here at Portland Monthly Magazine, we love our legendary fiction section. We are […]

May 2016 Way back when, it used to be about politics. Now it’s about style. We’ve shown how the price of lobsters predicts the Dow Jones average better than hemlines. […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

As Maine Goes, So Goes The Nation

May 2016 Way back when, it used to be about politics. Now it’s about style. We’ve shown how the price of lobsters predicts the Dow Jones average better than hemlines. […]

April 2016 Let’s set the perfect mood for the summer ahead by understanding sand. You may wonder if sand really needs an “update.” But if dazzling, windswept beaches are important […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Sand, Wind, and Stars

April 2016 Let’s set the perfect mood for the summer ahead by understanding sand. You may wonder if sand really needs an “update.” But if dazzling, windswept beaches are important […]

February/March 2016 When deciphered, signs and compressed identities make you feel you belong. The call letters in WCSH-TV stand for Congress Square Hotel, the broadcast site where Portland’s downtown NBC […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Portland Shorthand

February/March 2016 When deciphered, signs and compressed identities make you feel you belong. The call letters in WCSH-TV stand for Congress Square Hotel, the broadcast site where Portland’s downtown NBC […]

Winterguide 2015 Between flights recently at Newark Airport, I discovered the rest rooms were under repair and was directed down a flight of stairs to a makeshift convenience trailer near […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Men & Gentlemen

Winterguide 2015 Between flights recently at Newark Airport, I discovered the rest rooms were under repair and was directed down a flight of stairs to a makeshift convenience trailer near […]

December 2015 Even Christmas trash is sublime–tinsel and glitter stuffed into the barrel beside the still-shocked tree. Which brings us to New Year’s Eve, when we ring in the new. […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Urban Legends

December 2015 Even Christmas trash is sublime–tinsel and glitter stuffed into the barrel beside the still-shocked tree. Which brings us to New Year’s Eve, when we ring in the new. […]

November 2015 Welcome to Scorpio Nation. Actually, that’s not true. It’s more like, “What do you think you’re doing in Scorpio Nation?” Because there’s nothing like November in Maine. And […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Scorpio Nation

November 2015 Welcome to Scorpio Nation. Actually, that’s not true. It’s more like, “What do you think you’re doing in Scorpio Nation?” Because there’s nothing like November in Maine. And […]

October 2015 “I am a tourist in my own life.” Poet Linda Pastan may have written this line ironically, but I have a sunnier, more carefree take on it, which […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Year-Round Summer People

October 2015 “I am a tourist in my own life.” Poet Linda Pastan may have written this line ironically, but I have a sunnier, more carefree take on it, which […]

Summerguide 2015 We expect nothing short of magic during a Maine summer. I was racing sundown east of Bangor, shooting for Bar Harbor by twilight, when static scratched on my […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Quantum Maine

Summerguide 2015 We expect nothing short of magic during a Maine summer. I was racing sundown east of Bangor, shooting for Bar Harbor by twilight, when static scratched on my […]

May 2015 Do you like to travel by night? Maine’s dismal, curvy roads can be daunting. That’s why what songbirds do is so incredible. They’re driven to fly north along […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

They Fly by Night

May 2015 Do you like to travel by night? Maine’s dismal, curvy roads can be daunting. That’s why what songbirds do is so incredible. They’re driven to fly north along […]

April 2015 Recently, 2 Degrees Portland, a non-profit organization connected to Creative Portland, created the event “Portlyn” in a “3,600 sf Art Studio” space,” according to their Facebook page. Their […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Portlyn?

April 2015 Recently, 2 Degrees Portland, a non-profit organization connected to Creative Portland, created the event “Portlyn” in a “3,600 sf Art Studio” space,” according to their Facebook page. Their […]

February/March 2015 The Portland Observatory was built amid great fanfare at the top of Munjoy Hill in 1807. Like the Time & Temperature building, it flashed messages. Flags and pennants […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

S/hipsters

February/March 2015 The Portland Observatory was built amid great fanfare at the top of Munjoy Hill in 1807. Like the Time & Temperature building, it flashed messages. Flags and pennants […]

Winterguide 2015 It shook me as I walked to work through a post-Impressionistic winter day toward Portland Magazine’s headquarters at 165 State Street. While the late Paul Black hadn’t actually […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Paul Black’s Sense of Snow

Winterguide 2015 It shook me as I walked to work through a post-Impressionistic winter day toward Portland Magazine’s headquarters at 165 State Street. While the late Paul Black hadn’t actually […]

December 2014 Imagine Bonfire of the Vanities with a Maine plot and setting. Carolyn Chute’s new novel, Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves, is that kind of […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

WOLF MOON

December 2014 Imagine Bonfire of the Vanities with a Maine plot and setting. Carolyn Chute’s new novel, Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves, is that kind of […]

November 2014 The Ben Affleck blockbuster movie Gone Girl is the stuff of water-cooler talk. But if you really want to be in the know about Gone Girl, the trip […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Maine’s Gone Girl

November 2014 The Ben Affleck blockbuster movie Gone Girl is the stuff of water-cooler talk. But if you really want to be in the know about Gone Girl, the trip […]

October 2014 You can’t beat Maine’s exotic émigrés, flying under the radar. One of them is Tom Joyce, a sales executive at Southern Maine Motors in Saco. “I used to […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Mainestruck

October 2014 You can’t beat Maine’s exotic émigrés, flying under the radar. One of them is Tom Joyce, a sales executive at Southern Maine Motors in Saco. “I used to […]

September 2014 Sitting in the dining room at the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport, guests are treated to chargers emblazoned with Colony Hotel Kennebunkport. But look closely. Every once in a […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Seconds, Anyone?

September 2014 Sitting in the dining room at the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport, guests are treated to chargers emblazoned with Colony Hotel Kennebunkport. But look closely. Every once in a […]

July/August 2014 Across galaxies of magic summers, members of the Penobscot tribe paddled open-ocean from Indian Island to The Indian Canoe Landing in Kennebunkport, their summer hunting grounds. The old […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Sockalexis Was Here, Too

July/August 2014 Across galaxies of magic summers, members of the Penobscot tribe paddled open-ocean from Indian Island to The Indian Canoe Landing in Kennebunkport, their summer hunting grounds. The old […]

Summerguide 2014 So the General Services Administration (GSA) is selling Boon Island Light this summer. Bids start at $5,000 for this stick on a pile of rocks that’s always belonged […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

4 Sale: My Boon Island

Summerguide 2014 So the General Services Administration (GSA) is selling Boon Island Light this summer. Bids start at $5,000 for this stick on a pile of rocks that’s always belonged […]

When we slide our chairs back in the Old Port, we sometimes bump into pieces of our lost geography. On Moulton Street, in the rathskellar of the Old Port Tavern, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

The Secret History

When we slide our chairs back in the Old Port, we sometimes bump into pieces of our lost geography. On Moulton Street, in the rathskellar of the Old Port Tavern, […]

April 2014 Where do web pages go when they die? If you see Error: 404, it means the page isn’t there anymore. So much for the eternal promise of the […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Error: 404

April 2014 Where do web pages go when they die? If you see Error: 404, it means the page isn’t there anymore. So much for the eternal promise of the […]

February/March 2014 To celebrate the beginning of our 29th year, we’re proud to bring you “The Best of the Best.” Along with our up-to-the minute restaurant reviews, events listings, and […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Believe It When You See It In Print

February/March 2014 To celebrate the beginning of our 29th year, we’re proud to bring you “The Best of the Best.” Along with our up-to-the minute restaurant reviews, events listings, and […]

Winterguide 2014 We’ll be a lot more creative when we start thinking of the Portland Pirates as part of the creative economy. My wish for the New Year is for […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Slapshot Economy

Winterguide 2014 We’ll be a lot more creative when we start thinking of the Portland Pirates as part of the creative economy. My wish for the New Year is for […]

Now here’s a mystery. You’re a visiting diner to the Kennebunks. Wine stewards in many of the glittering bistros whisper, with unreserved enthusiasm, “If you want to sample a local […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Rat’s Reserve

Now here’s a mystery. You’re a visiting diner to the Kennebunks. Wine stewards in many of the glittering bistros whisper, with unreserved enthusiasm, “If you want to sample a local […]

November 2013 Among the saints and strangers who braved the New World on the Mayflower, John Howland (1592-1672) is solidly in the stranger category as the wild man, the headline […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Maine’s Patron Stranger

November 2013 Among the saints and strangers who braved the New World on the Mayflower, John Howland (1592-1672) is solidly in the stranger category as the wild man, the headline […]

September 2013 If you dig straight down, you’ll come out in China, as the saying goes. What a startling cultural disconnect. If you dig straight down, say, from Deering Oaks, […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Our Antipode

September 2013 If you dig straight down, you’ll come out in China, as the saying goes. What a startling cultural disconnect. If you dig straight down, say, from Deering Oaks, […]

July/August 2013 Even with all the traffic zooming along the coast this summer, it isn’t every day the image of a 1968 Mustang Fastback with BULLITT on its Maine license […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Fast Company

July/August 2013 Even with all the traffic zooming along the coast this summer, it isn’t every day the image of a 1968 Mustang Fastback with BULLITT on its Maine license […]

Summerguide 2013 It’s funny, but because Pluto has been unceremoniously dumped from the planet roster and become the Nicollette Sheridan of our Solar System, we have to update an old […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

North of Ordinary

Summerguide 2013 It’s funny, but because Pluto has been unceremoniously dumped from the planet roster and become the Nicollette Sheridan of our Solar System, we have to update an old […]

May 2013 Thanks to a neologism dreamed up by Jacques Lacan (1901-1981), we can suffer from extimacy issues, too. Say you and your loved one are snuggled in front of […]<!-- AddThis Sharing Buttons below -->

Extimacy

May 2013 Thanks to a neologism dreamed up by Jacques Lacan (1901-1981), we can suffer from extimacy issues, too. Say you and your loved one are snuggled in front of […]