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Nick Jaina, Get It While You Can

Suffering, and reflecting, in silence.


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Nick Jaina is not famous. Far from it, really. But the question of what it means to be an artist—and how much pain you’re willing to endure to pursue your art in the quest for something grea   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Patton Oswalt, Silver Screen Fiend

The old fantasy about shovel-murdering George Lucas.


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There’s a bit in Patton Oswalt’s 2007 standup record, Werewolves and Lollipops, where he says his “geekiness is getting in the way of his nerdiness.” To casual fans who came Oswalt’s way v   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Kelly Sue DeConnick, Bitch Planet

Planets are the new prisons.


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Bitch Planet is an uncomfortable title to ask for over the phone, given that 50 percent of it is an insult fortified by a millennia of sexism. But for the new Image Comics series, written by P   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Frank Portman, King Dork Approximately

Who wrote Holden Caulfield?


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When it comes to peddling teen angst, few writers of young adult fiction have the qualifications of Frank Portman. With 30 years of fronting Berkeley pop-punk band the Mr. T Experience under his   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Best Thing I Read

Favorite books read in 2014 by some of our favorite local writers.


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The Wilds by Julia Elliott: a very well-written book of short stories that are creepy and weird in the good way. In the title story, a girl wearing a homemade crown of bird skulls tells of getti   More
 
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 WW Culture Staff

Hotseat: Joshua P. Howe, Behind the Curve

Analyzing the environmental movement’s game tape.


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Joshua P. Howe says he tries to approach the problems of climate change like a football coach. “I think about a guy like Pete Carroll,” says Howe, a professor of environmental studies and hi   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Book Review: Brian Yaeger, Oregon Breweries

Yaeger’s shot.


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You can write only so many guidebooks to Stonehenge or Machu Picchu, which have remained unchanged for centuries if not millennia, surviving societal collapse and U.S.-backed military coups. A   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Peyton Marshall, Goodhouse

He’s a Good, uh, house. Mighty, mighty, just lettin’ it all hang out...


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At first glance, Portland author Peyton Marshall’s Goodhouse (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 336 pages, $26) might seem a little familiar. Much like the Colbert-boosted California, by Edan Lepucki,    More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Richard Ford, Let Me Be Frank With You

Hell and high wind.


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Perhaps it’s inevitable that any attempt at the Great American Novel written today would end in ruins. Like John Updike’s Rabbit series, Richard Ford’s four Frank Bascombe books have been on   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Charles D’Ambrosio, Loitering

Apocalypse redux.


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Orphans was orphaned from the start—a prescient name, perhaps. The 2005 essay collection from renowned Portland fiction writer Charles D'Ambrosio was known to few and found by far fewer, a limited    More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE
 

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