BEST BEST BEST: The popular Best American Series by Houghton Mifflin has a Portland twist this time around. TheBest American Essays 2013, available in stores Oct. 8, is edited by Portland author Cheryl Strayed,
who chose pieces by three other Portland authors for the collection.
Taken together, they make Portland seem like a morbid place: Vanessa
Veselka writes about her potential brush with serial murderer Robert Ben
Rhoades, Kevin Sampsell pens a meditation on suicide, and the
University of Portland’s Brian Doyle writes a haunting piece about
fleeting beauty. Strayed’s introduction centers on her obsession with
her dead mother.
’TRON ROAST: The
folks behind the three Insomnia Coffee Co. locations in Beaverton,
Hillsboro and Cannon Beach have started a new roastery called Dapper & Wise in Beaverton, under the tagline “Bravely roasting coffee in the suburbs of Portland, OR.”
According to owner Evan Aldrete, Beaverton is a great place to raise
his kids, but “nobody takes you seriously on this side of town as far as
coffee. People who live on this side of town drink crappy coffee.
I don’t know whether it’s by choice.” Dapper & Wise will offer
multiple cups of single-origin and lighter espressos, in a rustic,
Portland-style tasting room, projected to open in November. “We try to stay one step behind Portland,” he says. “If we were right on the forefront, it’d be culture shock.”
GREEN IS THE NEW WHITE:The Oregonian has a new music critic. David Greenwald has been hired to replace Ryan White, who was a victim of the mass layoffs that occurred at the paper in May. A former Web editor for Billboard, the Los Angeles Times’ defunct alt-weekly spinoff Brand X and Access Hollywood, the writer-photographer has contributed to a number of other publications, covering indie rock, craft beer and, for GQ,
“The Oral History of Menswear Blogging.” According to the bio on
Greenwald’s personal website, his tweets have been re-tweeted and marked
favorite by the likes of Ryan Seacrest, Lena Dunham and Ryan Adams.
A ROSE FOR CHARLIE:
A little-known piece of trivia: Charlie Chaplin’s movie career started
in Portland 100 years ago today, on Sept. 25, 1913. Chaplin was with the
British vaudeville Fred Karno company and signed his first movie contract with Keystone Studios while touring through the Rose City. His salary was appropriate for a deal made in Portland: It was a one-year contract at $150 a week.
from last weekend’s Feast food festival and the Time-Based Art
Festival, a review of the National’s concert at Edgefield, a look back
at the end of the Portland Radio Authority pirate station and a response
to Vice’s critique of Portland’s hip-hop scene.