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Traveling the Oregon Trail By Mule in 2011


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Rinker Buck is no stranger to flying by the seat of his pants—literally. In the summer of 1966, at age 15, Buck and his older brother Kern, 17, flew their father’s restored Piper Cub from New Jers   More
 
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Harper Lee's Racist New Book Shouldn't Destroy Your Love for Scout Finch


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I first saw the movie To Kill a Mockingbird when I was 6 and have loved Scout Finch ever since. As a willful tomboy, she spoke to me like no other character ever had. When I was older and read Harper    More
 
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 LIZZY ACKER

Ernest Cline, Armada

The Last Geekfighter.


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Short of being abducted by a benevolent alien race to save the universe from imminent destruction, author Ernest Cline is living every geek’s ultimate fantasy. His best-selling debut novel, vi   More
 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 PENELOPE BASS

Lidia Yuknavitch, The Small Backs of Children: Book Review

L’art pour l’art.


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The plot of The Small Backs of Children (Harper, 240 pages, $24.99), by Portland indie darling Lidia Yuknavitch, is almost irrelevant. But here it is anyway: A writer gives up on life because of grief   More
 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 LIZZY ACKER

Interview: Fred Pearce, The New Wild

An environmental journalist says we shouldn’t hate invasive species.


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You might sit up late these hot summer nights, sweating over the influx of Californians on your block. But according to environmental journalist Fred Pearce’s latest book, The New Wild (Beacon Press   More
 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 ALLIE DONAHUE

H.W. Brands, Reagan: The Life: Book Review

Another one for the Gipper.


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Republicans deify him. The Tea Party tries to remake him in its own image. But as H.W. Brands reminds us in his new biography, Reagan: The Life (Doubleday, 816 pages, $35), not even Ronald Reagan    More
 
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Jon Fine, Your Band Sucks

Our band could ruin your life.


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It’s time to admit that punk rock failed. In terms of widespread cultural revolution, punk and its offspring now sit at the losers’ table with the hippies, watching as hip-hop and electronic   More
 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Greg Rucka and Justin Greenwood, Stumptown, Vol. 3


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Forget what Portlandia or Portland Monthly would have you believe. Scratch the skin of this town and you come up with dirt under your fingernails—theft rings under bridges, child prostitutio   More
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Jeremy Robert Johnson, Skullcrack City

Hex and violence.


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Jeremy Robert Johnson is a madman. As poster boy for the locally driven Bizarro fiction movement, he’s spent years combating adherence to a single genre, with several collections of violent, d   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 NATHAN CARSON

Michaelangelo Matos, The Underground Is Massive: Book Review


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It’s right on the damn cover: “EDM,” highlighted in the divisive and corporate genre tag’s unofficial color, hot pink. Considering the inside pages, the placement of that term on the cov   More
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 MITCH LILLIE
 

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