The Universal Notebook: It’s all over but the crying

Too close to call? Really? Somehow it seemed that an overwhelming rejection of Donald Trump and his politics of ignorance, greed, and prejudice was...

Our Viewpoint: The consequences of an election

The news of Joe Biden’s election has many of us awaking as from a tortured dream.  Democrats who had forgotten in only four years...

Miserable & Magical: The fight continues, regardless of who won

It feels so strange to be writing this column before the election. I feel like I should pull a Paris Geller in the Harvard vs....

The Universal Notebook: Don’t love that dirty water

(Since this column is being published after Election Day I have no idea whether we will be celebrating or mourning, so I have elected...

Politics & Other Mistakes: And the losers are …

The Gaggie Awards are back. The Gaggies are named for Hayes Gahagan, an unsuccessful independent U.S. Senate candidate. In spite of his lack of...

A note from the editor

Portland Phoenix deadlines, like laws of nature, are immutable. Although you will likely know at least some of the results of this hugely consequential...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Getting even

"Revenge is a kind of wild justice; which the more man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out." — Francis Bacon This cesspool...

A View from the Hill: No news is good news

This is weird. I’m about to write a column in this newspaper suggesting that people limit their exposure to news. Take a break. Develop...

The Universal Notebook: Trump and doom

On good days I make myself believe that if there is an overwhelming rejection of President Donald Trump and his politics of hate and...

Our Viewpoint: Phoenix honored by Maine Press Association

In the newspaper business, sometimes you have to toot your own horn.   Many of us weren’t brought up to do that, but when your almost...