• SEX CYCLE:If our city planners have their way, Copenhagen will be the model for PDX’s urban transportation network. But Denmark’s best-known advocate for Copenhagen biking and lifestyle claimed Thursday night that “Copenhagen has no cyclists.” Say what? Speaking, along with Mayor Sam Adams, at a reception for Oregon Manifest’s Dreams on Wheels exhibit, filmmaker Mikael Colville-Andersen said that rather than the self-identified cyclists we see in the U.S., Copenhagen has people who just happen to ride bikes to get where they need to go. To Danes, a bike is merely an appliance, like a vacuum cleaner. When cities approach the bike numbers of Copenhagen, Colville-Andersen said, it transforms them into much more livable places, and even (he winked) improves the gene pool, hence his slogan: “Bicycles are a multivitamin Viagra pill for the urban landscape.”
  • BOOKWORMS:“I love being a public servant,” Oregon Attorney General John Kroger drawled at last week’s 2009 Oregon Book Awards ceremony at the Gerding Theater, as he picked up the award for Creative Nonfiction for his book Convictions: A Prosecutor’s Battles Against Mafia Killers, Drug Kingpins, and Enron Thieves, “but what I really wanted to be growing up is a writer. It’s a precious thing to have a book published.” The Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry went to Portland’s own young gun Matthew Dickman, for his book All-American Poem.
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