Table of contents for week of July 15, 2005
NEWS & FEATURES
Everyone knows by now that Fox News is horribly biased and its "fair and balanced" slogan is among the more disingenuous promises you'll hear on television. Or do they? Maybe Portland-based Liberty News can shake things up by presenting, you know, facts for people's consideration. By Sara Donnelly.
Maybe the vote wasn't actually rigged, but Ohio didn't do the democratic system any favors with its inept handling of the 2004 election. David S. Bernstein considers a new report spotlighting many of the more egregious electoral failures in what was ultimately the pivotal state last November.
The Republicans aren't in charge everywhere! Why, the Democratic-controlled Maine legislature last session did, uh, a whole lot of nothing. By Lance Tapley.
Mark Jurokwitz dissects the media's reaction to the London bombings, finding sensationalism, circumspection, and a whole lot of ethnocentrism.
Plus, this just in:
WHAT YOU CAN DO Weigh in on the war
A HEALTHY LIFE Functional fútbal
COMBS NAIL HANNITY Indie band urges fans to call crank
SAMSON SEAGULL An Arden Hendrie comic
Politics and Other Mistakes
Letters to the editor
Who wears short shorts? Local bands do, at least if we want to stretch the metaphor of EPs-as-clothing a lot further than it's probably willing to go. By Sam Pfeifle.
Classy 'zines The Believer and Open City put rock in a lit place.
Also, short reviews of:
LONGWAVE THERE’S A FIRE
LORETTA LYNN THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION
MUDVAYNE LOST AND FOUND
VARIOUS ARTISTS FRIENDS AND LOVERS: SONGS OF BREAD
YELLO THE EYE
YING YANG TWINS U.S.A.: UNITED STATE OF ATLANTA
The Maine International Film Festival prepares for its eighth season, Hollywood-free. By Kirah Brouillette.
Brett Michel says Tim Burton's dark Chocolate leaves a bitter taste.
Peter Keough likes the Owen Wilson-Vince Vaughn vehicle Wedding Crashers, which is probably the most shocking thing we've seen since Hulk Hogan turned heel and formed the NWO.
Short reviews of:
Megan Grumbling says Two Lights Theatre conveys convincing horror in their production of Titus Andronicus.
Also by Megan Grumbling, the Theater Project takes a page from the siblings Sedaris.
Worth the trip:
Follies at Barrington, The Father at Berkshire
Worth the trip:
Martha Graham and Chunky Move at the Pillow
If you're planning to bumrush the bookstores this weekend to try to get your hands on a copy of the new Harry Potter book, you may be out of luck, but thanks to the wonders of the World Wide Web everyone can read Joyce Millman's Harry Potter predictions over and over again.
Not many books could live up to a title like The Greatest Man in Cedar Hole, but Sara Donnelly says Stephanie Doyon's adult debut certainly does.
Richard C. Walls compares Marc Estrin's The Education of Arnold Hitler to a party guest who overstays his welcome.
Screw popsicles: Andy King is here to espouse the wonders of the real, honest-to-God ice pop.
Best Music Poll 2005
The Best of 2004
Portland Band Guide