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Sebastian Barry On Canaan’s Side

Eighty-nine years of trans-Atlantic tragedy.

Irish writer Sebastian Barry—twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, called by Salon “the best prose writer in the English language”—is one of the most ambitious writers today. His new b   More
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Neal Stephenson Reamde

Neal Stephenson writes another big black book.

Neal Stephenson’s new novel is a departure from the epic science-fiction sagas with which he transformed the genre in the 1990s and 2000s. Like some of his previous books, Reamde (William Morrow,   More
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Time After Time

Our top picks for the second week of PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival.

Mike Daisey, All the Hours in the DayMike Daisey is, at various times, an improvisational storyteller, a big-hearted observer, a lonely expositor of self or a sweat-drenched haranguer from the stage   More
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 WW Culture Staff

Shannon Wheeler Too Much Coffee Man Omnibus

A caffeinated portrait of the cartoonist as a young man.

Like other iconic black-and-white comics characters with cult followings—Cerebus, Concrete, Zippy the Pin-head—Too Much Coffee Man is instantly identifiable but incredibly hard to define. In fac   More
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Time of Your Life

Our top picks for the first week of PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival.

This Thursday marks the beginning of Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s ninth Time-Based Art Festival, a 10-day rush of dance, theater, comedy, music, film, visual art and other assorted w   More
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 WW Culture Staff

Audrey Braun A Small Fortune

The brainy bodice-ripper that swept the Pacific Northwest off its feet.

Never underestimate the number of middle-aged women in the Pacific Northwest who fantasize about going to foreign countries and having sex with Javier Bardem.  Freshman author Audrey Braun co   More
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER

The Write Stuff

Field Notes makes paper fashionable again. Just don’t tell the designer.

Most new products are designed to fill a need, create a new market or just make something better. Aaron Draplin’s product is none of these things. It’s three staples, paper and cardboard with a    More
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Michael Dickman Flies

Tell all the truth but tell it slant.

Let’s get the obligatory journalism out of the way quickly: Michael Dickman’s biography is interesting. He and his twin brother, Matthew, are both terribly renowned young poets (if poets are ev   More
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

I Speak for Myself Maria Ebrahimji & Zahra Suratwala

Their lips are moving, but nothin’ is coming out.

I can just see it now: There she is with her braces and acne, nervously scanning the lunchroom for a seat at the table—their table. Then it happens: the eye-rolling, the scoffing and the laughter. "
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 SHAE HEALEY

Anders Nilsen Big Questions

The bird gods must be crazy.

It’s hard to explain Anders Nilsen’s Big Questions (Drawn and Quarterly, $69.95) without confusing people, because Big Questions leaves the reader with so many Little Questions, all of which soun   More
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

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