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Pac From the Grave

128 bytes and 35 years later, people are still making new games for the Atari 2600.


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One summer day in 1989, my family found an Atari 2600 at a yard sale. Even then, it was a wood-paneled relic of a simpler time, before slap bracelets or mutated turtles. My parents were happy to   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Vanifest Destiny: Vanzanita

I get booted from a beach town by the cops and give deep thought to the van plan.


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Is this what a tsunami feels like? That’s what I thought as I awoke to find my home violently rocking back and forth. I cursed myself for not paying attention to the tsunami evacuation route s   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 PETE COTTELL

The Power of Grayskull

Tom Cook drew your favorite Saturday-morning cartoons.


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You’ve seen Tom Cook’s work. You don’t know the name, but if you’ve seen He-Man, The Smurfs, later Scooby-Doo or Flintstones, or a host of other Reagan-era cartoons, you’ve seen a panel or   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 RICHARD GRUNERT

2013 Fall Arts Preview


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Theater Foxfinder Putting parables onstage is an often iffy endeavor, but there’s no denying the impact of a successfully staged allegory. British playwright Dawn King’s Foxfinder, making it   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 WW Culture Staff

Automatic for the People

Portland has vending machines with Neil Young singles, guitar strings, pregnancy tests and lap-dance coupons.


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Smitty’s Vending is where vending machines go when they die. At this metal graveyard on busy Southeast Main Street, Pepsi logos fade gently on a bed of broken glass behind barbed wire and a lock   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 RICHARD GRUNERT

Vanifest Destiny: Rolling Roomies

A freeway breakdown and a new friend.


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I expect the gas station to be empty. It’s 11 pm on a Sunday night, and I’m out on the border of Gresham to check on my broken-down van and maybe slip inside for shuteye. Instead, I see some   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Vanifest Destiny: The Shower Scene

The logistical challenges of waking up without a place to piss.


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It’s 8:30 in the morning and I have to pee. This is a common problem, I know. For most people, it is easily solvable. For most of my own life, it was easily solvable. But now that I live in a    More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Vanifest Destiny: Stealth Bomber

First rule of vandwelling: Don’t let anyone see you vandwelling.


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The cops may be on to me. It’s 10:30 on Monday night and I’m walking “home” to the van where I’ve lived for a week. I’ve got one eye on a police cruiser as a black-and-white Radio Cab    More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Pass The Sniff Test

If you’re just looking at the roses, you’re missing half their charm.


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All roses look pretty, but not all roses smell pretty. Any schmuck can admire the petals, but those who want to enjoy the sweet smell have to be a little more strategic about things. Portland is   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 KAITIE TODD

Troll Ride 2013

Come along as culture staffers revisit controversial stories from the past year.


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Pedalpalooza is Portland’s greatest celebration of bike culture. Starting June 6 and continuing through the rest of the month, cyclists will get together to make new friends while taking costume   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 WW Staff
 

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