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J.P. Devine
  • Published
    April 8, 2012

    Style for the Masses

    I’ll be in church this morning.

  • Published
    April 8, 2012

    J.P. DEVINE: Mass transit

    Behold this silver-haired devil in the pink and white checked shirt with blue summer blazer and pale-blue tie dotted with pink flamingos and thin titanium-framed violet-tinted shades, all propped up like a corpse in a Western saloon display, still waiting for God. Style is everything, is it not?

  • Published
    April 1, 2012

    Now you see me … or do you?

    As I write this column, the palm trees sway in the tropical breeze, the pale blue-green waves slip up the white sand and tickle my blue-tinted toe nails, as the beach girl hands me my margarita. Have you missed me?

  • Published
    March 25, 2012

    J.P. DEVINE: A country for old men

    They sat at what most consider the best winter table, the big Formica-topped booth in the sunlight at a coffee shop outside of Portland.

  • Published
    March 18, 2012

    J.P. DEVINE: No more old men

    It's here again. As I write this it's here, and as you read this, it's over. It's St. Patrick's feast day, that day when the first born on American soil celebrated by cooking up corned beef and cabbage, and when my grandfather slammed his beer glass down on the bar at Skeeter O'Neils and shouted, "Tell me again just exactly who it was who could afford corned beef?"

  • Published
    March 18, 2012

    Remains of an old Irish lot

    It's here again. As I write this it's here, and as you read this, it's over. It's St. Patrick's feast day, that day when the first born on American soil celebrated by cooking up corned beef and cabbage, and when my grandfather slammed his beer glass down on the bar at Skeeter O'Neils and shouted, "Tell me again just exactly who it was who could afford corned beef?"

  • Published
    March 11, 2012

    The order and the disorder

    If I turn my head slightly to the left, I can see it from here.

  • Published
    February 26, 2012

    J.P. DEVINE: Ego 1, Yoga 0

    A review of William Broad's new book, "The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards" recently appeared in these pages. It seems to lean heavily on the risks part.

  • Published
    February 12, 2012

    J.P. DEVINE: Consider actors as you zip

    Last night you taped your favorite shows. You had other things to do and games to watch before bed. You taped "Glee," "Modern Family," "Hawaii 5-0" and a movie, and you've settled in to watch them. In the middle of the story, up pops that annoying commercial. So you pick up that new remote and zip forward. Whooosh! We all do that. We're busy people for whom instant gratification isn't fast enough.

  • Published
    January 29, 2012

    J.P. DEVINE: Kodak’s final moment

    August 1941. Petty Officer Matt Devine stood behind the family’s peeling green lawn bench, his hands behind him. He was on a short leave and anxious to get out of this hot backyard and over to Mary Viellas’ before he had to catch his train.

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