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A.J. Jacobs, Drop Dead Healthy

Get buff or die tryin’.

A.J. Jacobs is a mouth breather. He has, per his own description, the body of “a python that swallowed a goat.” After coming down with pneumonia while on  a tropical vacation, he decided    More
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 MICHAEL LOPEZ

Derf Backderf, My Friend Dahmer

The killer and the cartoonist.

There are only two notable alumni of Ohio’s Revere High School. John “Derf” Backderf draws The City, a Crumby comic appearing in alternative weekly newspapers like (but not) this one. Jeffre   More
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

Anne Lamott, Some Assembly Required

Operating Instructions version 2.0.

Nearly 20 years ago, best-selling author Anne Lamott released Operating Instructions, a memoir of her son’s first year of life and her first year as a single mother. For her latest book, Some Assemb   More
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 MARIANNA HANE WILES

Cheryl Strayed, Wild

A spoonful of Sugar helps the hiking go down.

Cheryl Strayed has come a long way since finishing a book about walking a long way. This year alone, she revealed herself as the writer of the candid advice column “Dear Sugar” on the Rumpus   More
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 AARON MESH

Michael Orr, The 1975 Portland Timbers

Ouch, my groin.

It seems like no one played soccer in Portland before 1975. The next year, kids crowded parks and fields to try this undiscovered sport. My middle school was unprepared for the onslaught. “We    More
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 BRENT WALTH

Mattilda Sycamore, Why Are Faggots So Afraid Of Faggots?

Queering consumerist culture.

Some gay people prefer to be called faggots. Well, let me rephrase that—some queers prefer to be called faggots. The word “faggot,” much like “queer,” has been reappropriated as a word o   More
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 AARON SPENCER

The New Hate, Arthur Goldwag

Haters gonna hate.

We love to hate. Reality television aside, few arenas highlight our hatred better than politics. In the 1800 presidential election, Thomas Jefferson’s campaign called John Adams “a hideous h   More
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Ben Marcus The Flame Alphabet

Children should be seen and not heard.

My favorite short story of last year was a New Yorker piece by Ben Marcus, “What Have You Done?,” that never answered its title question. It related the homecoming of a 40-year-old man who t   More
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 AARON MESH

Honey Badger Don’t Care

Ew, this book is nasty. Randall don’t give a shit.

The Honey Badger is a tenacious beast indeed. The meme, originated in a YouTube video that channeled the Crocodile Hunter through South Park’s Big Gay Al, has spread like germs in a grade-scho   More
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 EMILEE BOOHER

Crazy Enough, Storm Large

Storm Large is not a stranger to anyone with tenure in Portland’s music and arts scene. Her new memoir, Crazy Enough (Free Press, 288 pages, $25), painstakingly details how Large came to be the    More
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 MICHAEL LOPEZ

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