Friday April 18th 2014

5 Questions With...

Jason Anthony


How did you get here?

Jason Anthony. I live in Bristol with my wife, the singer-songwriter Heather Hardy. I teach English part-time at The Deck House School in Edgecomb, and write in the evenings. Heather and I are hermits in a lovely little place, but we break out once a month to host the Round Top Coffee House open mic in Damariscotta. I'm the author of a new book, Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day, and Other Stories of Antarctic Cuisine, a narrative and culinary history of Antarctica.

Describe your Maine in three words:

North-of-America and south-of-Canada.

If you had just 24 hours left in Maine, what would you do?

Spend it with my wife right here at the house. Depending on whether we're talking bug season or not, we'd be outside taking a walk or working in the garden or just sitting and looking out over the field, drinking a stout and wondering why in the hell we had to leave in 24 hours. Not our idea.

Is there anything about Maine you'd change?

Well, not Maine specifically, just the northern hemisphere and its relation to the sun. I like the cold, but after a decade spending summers in Antarctica (when it's winter here), with the sun up 24 hours a day, I forgot how short and dark the days were during the winter. I still haven't reaccustomed myself to it, eight years later. One additional but unmentioned tragedy in the global warming scenario we'll soon all be living is that no matter how warm it gets here in Maine, it will still be dark all winter. It's like pie without ice cream.

What makes a true Mainer?

Not worrying about self-definition, I suppose, beyond just working and playing in the landscape that feels like home.