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Stephen King’s House To Become Museum And Writers’ Retreat

Constant readers will soon get the chance to hang out at Stephen King’s mansion in Bangor, Maine — although he likely will not be on the premises.

On Wednesday night, the Bangor City Council unanimously approved a request by King and his wife Tabitha to rezone their home as a non-profit, allowing it to house an archive of King’s work (offering restricted visits by appointment) and up to five writers at a time. The couple was not present at the meeting. In recent years, the family has spent most of their time on the road or in Florida or Oxford County, Maine, according to their lawyer, Warren Silver.

“The King Family has been wonderful to the City of Bangor over time and have donated literally millions of dollars to various causes in the community,” one of the city councilors, Ben Sprague, told Rolling Stone. “Preserving his legacy here in Bangor is important for this community.”

“They did not want the house to become a Dollywood or some kind of tourist attraction,” David Gould, a Bangor planning officer, told New England Cable News. “That would bring all sorts of people to the neighborhood, and they have other neighbors that live there.”

The King residence at 47 West Broadway has nevertheless become a kind of tourist destination over the years. Fans often snap photos in front of the house, a blood-red mansion with an ornate gate boasting all sorts of winged creatures.

In a 1983 essay, owned by the Bangor Historical Society, King explained that when he first moved to the town, the idea for IT was stewing in his mind. The book was set in fictional Derry, Maine, a proxy of Bangor.

“I had a very long book in mind, a book which I hoped would deal with the way myths and dreams and stories — stories, most of all — become a part of the everyday life of a small American city,” he wrote, detailing how he visited the town library to research its history. The librarian informed him that they had 12 tomes about Bangor, but none were all that good.

When King told her he wanted to write a novel set in the town, she replied “’Wonderful! Just like that fellow Ben Ames Williams! What a nice man he was! Sat in there every day for most of one summer. He was so pleasant and polite!… Who ever would have guessed what awful things he was writing!”

Williams was an American novelist and short story writer and, perhaps coincidentally, ended up sharing a first name with IT character Ben Hanscom, a frequent visitor to the Derry library.

Reprinted from Rolling Stone

Update: Stephen King clarified the purpose of the Bangor property on social media:

“There’s been a lot of recent press — and some misinformation — about what’s going on with the house at 47 West Broadway in Bangor.

We are in the very beginning of planning the writers’ retreat at the house next door,  providing housing for up to five writers in residence at a time. The zoning change getting press coverage was the first step. We are 1 to 2 years away from an operating retreat.  

The archives formerly held at the University of Maine will be accessible for restricted visits by appointment only. There will not be a museum and nothing will be open to the public, but the archives will be available to researchers and scholars.”

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Fender Amp Mug

The Fender Amp Mug is an officially licensed Fender product. It’s an oversized ceramic mug that will help keep your drink warm. It features the shape and design of the original Fender amp. …This slick Fender Amp Mug is great for lovers of rock n’ roll! It’s also perfect for budding guitar players, Fender fanatics, and music fans in general.

Order HERE for $15.

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The Beatles & Crate And Barrel Come Together For New Home Decor Line

Crate and Barrel just introduced an exclusive art collection featuring images and illustrations of The Beatles. The collection includes 21 large framed pieces, framed on large scale, archival quality canvas.

Most of the artwork showcases the band’s milestone moments and three kids prints are included in the collection.  With a band as timeless as The Beatles, this art is sure to stay stylish in your home even as design trends fluctuate.

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The Upside Down Christmas Tree

The online Christmas tree retailer Treetopia is selling a tree that faces upside down. This unique shape saves space and offers more room for presents 

Fall head-over-heels in love with Treetopia’s 7-foot Knocked Upside Down Christmas Tree. It features a full shape and 100% classic PVC needles with hand-strung clear lights that cast a warm glow during the holidays. Its unique shape makes it a whimsical backdrop for your beloved ornaments while providing ample space for presents.

The tree comes in either a trimmed or untrimmed version.

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Star Wars Darth Vader Stovetop Kettle

The Fowndry is featuring a stainless steel Star Wars Stovetop Kettle designed to resemble the silhouette of Darth Vader‘s iconic shiny black helmet. It also features a handle made out of his lightsaber hilt.

In space, no-one can hear you steam… which is a shame because the superbly menacing Darth Vader Kettle has a whistle that could awaken The Force. This officially licensed, high quality stainless-steel stovetop kettle will have 1.7L of water boiling with barely suppressed rage faster than you can say “the brew is strong with this one…”

You can order the kettle HERE for $70. 

 

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C by GE Sol – All-In-One Smart Light, Featuring Amazon Alexa Voice Control

A brighter idea for smarter homes: The C by GE Sol is an all-in-one smart light that has the features, functionality, and voice control of Amazon Alexa. The industry’s first lighting product with Amazon Alexa integrated, the C by GE Sol is part of GE Lighting’s vision to unleash the power of your home, enabling you and your home to do more.

Product Info:

– Amazon Alexa Integrated: Featuring the functionality of a standalone Alexa device, the Sol by GE is wifi connected and allows you to use your voice to control lighting features, set timers, check the weather, tell time, and play music from your Alexa enabled music library.

– Exclusive Features: More than a smart light, the Sol features visual cues for clocks and timers, manual and automated light temperature variation that allows users to select the perfect hue to fit a mood or to ensure a smooth sleep cycle.

– Smart Lamp For Any Room: A perfect lighting solution for the office, the bedroom, the kitchen or living room. The C by GE Sol is a smart light that enhances the security and convenience of any room through voice control and scheduling via the C by GE app.

– Smart Home Ecosystem: As an Alexa powered device, the GE Sol works seamlessly with a wide range of smart home connected devices and thousands of Alexa skills. Part of the C by GE family, the GE Sol connects directly with other C by GE products such as C-Life and C-Sleep smart light bulbs.

– Sleek Modern Design: The result of solar inspiration, the Sol by GE features a sleek design that acts as an aesthetic bridge between functional technology and interior design.

Order HERE from Amazon for $113.

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Southern Lights Electric Bell Jar Table Lamp

Handmade in Nashville, Tennessee, this table lamp is an ideal choice for an end table, office desk or just about anywhere in your home. The lamp features a vintage style socket, cream cloth covered cord, and comes with an exposed old-school filament style bulb. The base is made of solid American Walnut and includes a hand silkscreened nameplate.

Order HERE for $135.

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Star Wars Millennium Falcon Coaster Set

ThinkGeek has created an officially licensed set of six Star Wars coasters that each feature a cross section of the Millennium Falcon. When the clear coasters are stacked up on top of each other, they reveal a 3D image of the popular Star Wars spacecraft.

Bring the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy to your place with this Star Wars Millennium Falcon – Coaster Set. A set of 6 glass coasters, each features a cross-section of details from the Falcon herself. When stacked together, they build the ship in 3D. And individually, they protect your surfaces from condensation.

Order the six pice coaster set HERE for $19.99.

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Fold Out Stationery Box

A handsome wood personal productivity center for your desk. Wood box folds out into a handy desk organizer set. Order HERE for $20.

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Gather Desk Organizer

Nearly every desk has the same problem: clutter. The Gather Desk Organizer is a well-made, well-designed way to keep all your essential tools handy while minimizing the mess.

It starts with a solid walnut or maple base, with four slots on top to hold its modular attachments. Those include a phone holder, trays, a pen holder, and a Post-It holder, and magnets in the base let you attach a coaster and even a headphone stand. You can easily move everything around to find a configuration that fits your needs, and even add a second base unit if you really have a lot of stuff.

Pre-order from Kickstarter for $100+.

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