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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

Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino Chasing Aphrodite

In 1984, the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles sold all its stock in Getty Oil and diversified its investment portfolio, almost tripling its original endowment to $2 billion. This made the J. Paul    More
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Robert C. Donnelly Dark Rose

A soft-boiled history of vice rackets and crooked cops in the City of Bridges.

Robert C. Donnelly’s history of organized crime and political corruption in Portland in the 1950s could have been as riveting as a James Ellroy   More
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Bill Plympton Independently Animated

The animator turns himself inside out.

In Portland-born animator Bill Plympton’s films, faces might turn themselves inside out, explode, or puddle into primordial goo; they come back blandly whole, the very soul of bureaucracy. Featur   More
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Miranda Kennedy Sideways On A Scooter

Eat, pray, improved.

Upon first whiff, former NPR reporter Miranda Kennedy’s memoir, Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India (Random House, 352 pages, $26), reeks of Eat, Pray, Love regurgitated. Disappointed by    More
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 SHAE HEALEY

Brandon Seifert & Lukas Ketner Witch Doctor

The doctor of supernaturopathic medicine is in.

In the wake of the runaway success of Robert Kirkman’s nearly decade-running The Walking Dead (and the critical and ratings success of its bar-raising AMC TV adaptation)   More
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 AP KRYZA

Open Spaces: Voices From The Northwest

Wonks gone wild.

Edited by former natural resources lawyer Penny Harrison, Open Spaces magazine has always struck me as an odd duck, an uneasy hybrid of general interest journalism and policy wonkery, poetry and pro   More
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

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