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Global motorcycle diaries

Two years ago, after I came back from my second motorcycle trip across Vietnam, my friend asked me, “Why did you choose to motorcycle?” It is always a tough question …

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Sister cities

Late, on a recent dark and gloomy November afternoon, smiles and laughter filled the PEM Atrium as a group of Japanese travelers were officially greeted by Daisy Wang, PEM’s curator …

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Big art on campus

Viewing a visual art exhibition for the first time is a wonderful experience.  I love the surprise of seeing an unfamiliar work in person or contemplating familiar works in a …

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Strandbeests land in Miami

Glum security guards, harried travelers and all that classic hurry up and wait. None of this airport rigamarole is going to dampen my spirits. Nope, not a chance. It’s Sunday …

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Smell, taste and gratitude

Molly Birnbaum will be reading from her first book Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way during the December PEM/PM: Raise a Glass. …

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Audio fest

“Evvverybody is here. I mean, do you have any idea who is sitting behind you?” I ask my friend, as we sit in a bar high above Chicago. And then …

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Lighting up the night

I first head the word while standing out on a raw night, looking closely at buildings in Salem’s Derby Square. “Keystoning” has nothing to do with cheap college beer, I …

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Out on a limb

Would wood be what’s up these days at PEM? It’s really more than wood. It’s also trees and bark and the lifecycle of leaves. For me it began with the …

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The PEM press

Most of PEM’s offerings are visible and accessible as you move through the galleries and interactive spaces. One area rarely seen by museum-goers is where PEM’s books are made. Producing …