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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

Bob Odenkirk, A Load of Hooey

Toilet-tank lit.


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Bob Odenkirk’s A Load of Hooey (McSweeney’s, 112 pages, $20) begins with a warning from one of its many satirical characters, a charm-school marm: Don’t read this book while you poop. Wr   More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Faceoff: Girls vs. Portlandia

Another article about Girls. Sorry.


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We’re going to talk about Girls. It’s not like we want to. But Lena Dunham, creator and star of the HBO series, will be in town Sunday to promote her new book, Not That Kind of Girl (Random Ho   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Hotseat: John Summers

The Baffler editor says Portlanders should pack their bags.


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Back in the ’90s, Thomas Frank’s Baffler magazine was a cleansing hatebath lampooning both capitalist doublespeak and squishy liberalism, the rare publication to be both smart and funny amid    More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Hotseat: Erika T. Wurth


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Erika T. Wurth is Apache, Chickasaw and Cherokee, but she did not grow up on a reservation. She was raised in a culturally mixed Denver suburb, where she witnessed both the stereotypes and bea   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 PENELOPE BASS

John Darnielle, Wolf in White Van

Finish or die trying.


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When a guy writes a love song that ends, “I hope you die, I hope we both die,” and shoots a music video with blood dripping from a bullet wound in his temple, you know his first novel isn’   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Jack Ohman

How The Oregonian’s longtime political cartoonist discovered Portlandia.


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To appreciate Portlandia, you have to leave Portland. Take that from Jack Ohman. For 30 years, Ohman was The Oregonian’s editorial cartoonist and one of the city’s foremost satirists. But he   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Liz Prince, Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

Challenging what it means to be a girl.


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Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir opens with the cries of a 2-year-old. They belong to a young Liz Prince, who fears nothing more in her little life than the frilly, pink cloth that hangs from her moth   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 KATHERINE MARRONE

Carl Adamshick, Saint Friend


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“They keep paging Kenneth Koch at the airport,” begins local poet Carl Adamshick’s new collection. “Someone should let the announcer know/ he is dead…” Well, Saint Friend (McSweeney’   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

David Shafer, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Why is my webcam light on?


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We all already know Google could own our asses. But any mention of this is usually greeted with the apathy of a depressed kidnap victim who couldn’t imagine why anybody would want him. Portland    More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE
 

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