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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

Sam Quinones, Dreamland: Book Review

A nation nods off.


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In March of 2013, WW ran a cover story titled “Who Wants to Save a Junkie?” It described a drug, Narcan, that could snap users out of heroin overdoses. By then, American OD deaths from opi   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 AARON MESH

Hotseat: T.C. Boyle

The prolific novelist talks up gun violence and the rule of law.


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T.C. Boyle may very well be the master of topical literature. Told through expertly crafted prose, his novels manage to delicately dissect issues like illegal immigration (1995’s The Tortilla    More
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 PENELOPE BASS

Jon Ronson, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

Everybody must get stoned.


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On Dec. 20, 2013, Justine Sacco, a PR rep for Tinder parent company IAC, tweeted a very poorly received joke: “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” By th   More
 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

J.C. Hallman, B & Me

Putting the need back in reading.


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J.C. Hallman thinks book culture has been ruined by the academics. In part, this is because they take the human element out of reading. His new book, B & Me, is a high-stakes gambit, inter   More
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Paige McKenzie, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

Literally!


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Paige McKenzie is an Internet juggernaut. The 20-year-old, who lives in rural Oregon about an hour outside Portland, is the face of a YouTube channel that boasts more than 120 million page vie   More
 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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