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John Waters Slept Here

July 9, 2014 6:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches On the wall of John Waters’ Provincetown attic apartment is an original poster for a concert by the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, the precursor to the Velvet Underground, who played at the Chrysler Art Museum over Labor Day Weekend in 1966. The shows there, at what is now [...]

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REVIEW: Starling

May 21, 2014 7:00 am0 comments

by Jeannette de Beauvoir The summer of 2014 is all about superheroes in Provincetown, with floats for the themed Carnival parade already mentally being decorated with Wonder Woman stars and Superman capes; but one superhero that might not be on any of the floats is Sage Stossel’s Starling who “has [...]

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Provincetown Memories

May 15, 2014 12:53 pm0 comments

by Steve Desroches Flirting with a cute guy lounging on a nearby towel on Herring Cove Beach. Dancing at the A House and following the crowd to Spiritus. A skinny dip at Hatches Harbor and lazy days at Captain Jack’s Wharf. Summers in Provincetown are full of all kinds of [...]

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A Gay Green Acres

April 23, 2014 6:00 am0 comments

The Beekman Boys Come to Provincetown by Steve Desroches It’s Modern Family meets American Gothic. Two fast-paced, gay Manhattanites move to their upstate New York farm leaving behind iPhones and brunches in Chelsea for baby goats and pitchforks.  They’re the Beekman Boys: Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge, two husbands [...]

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Review: Fairyland

September 5, 2013 1:22 pm0 comments

by Rebecca M. Alvin Alysia Abbott’s memoir about growing up with a gay father in the 1970s and 80s,before gay parenthood was a topic of discussion (even in the gay community), is at once heart-breaking and heart-warming. On the one hand, the struggles she and her father faced, leading ultimately [...]

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Readers’ Delight

July 17, 2013 7:00 am0 comments

The Digital Revolution Brings Provincetown Authors to the World by Steve Desroches Surrounded by shelves of books at the Provincetown Public Library, Laura Shabott and Richard Pepitone are hard at work on an addition to the realm of publishing and storytelling. While the general concepts of grammar, form, and good [...]

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The Road to the Outermost House

July 3, 2013 7:00 am0 comments

by Don Wilding Ever since it was first published 85 years ago, Henry Beston’s Cape Cod literary classic, The Outermost House, has been one of the top selling books about the Cape, and was recognized nearly 50 years ago as a source of major inspiration for the Cape Cod National [...]

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From Page to Stage : The Work of Mike Albo

May 1, 2013 8:00 am0 comments

  by Steve Desroches Writer Mike Albo went to Jamaica on a press junket in 2009. At the time, he wrote the popular “Critical Shopper” column for the New York Times not as a staff writer, but as a freelancer. Internet gossip swirled in questions over the ethics of paid [...]

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REVIEW: The Dead Celebrity Cookbook by Frank DeCaro

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by Steve Desroches When celebrities die they leave behind a legacy of films, archives of television appearances, and old news clippings. But they also leave delicious recipes for meat loaf, tuna salad, and non-dairy cheesecake. Radio show host and comedian Frank DeCaro has assembled a celebrity culinary archive and published [...]

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REVIEW: Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow

October 10, 2012 5:00 am0 comments

It is simply too easy today for the United States to go to war. 

That’s Rachel Maddow’s contention in Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power. “While America has been fighting two of its longest-ever boots-on-the-ground wars in a decade following 9/11, less than one percent of the adult U.S. population has been called upon to strap on those boots,” she observes. “The country has perfected the art of frictionless war.”

Maddow is no lightweight when it comes to making observations about the country’s present and past policies. She’s been doing so for years, first on Air America and then on MSNBC, with still more years of political thought via a doctorate in politics from Oxford. And yet Drift is straightforward if not light reading; Maddow’s trademark snark is evident and easily appreciated here.

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