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Lonely Christopher The Mechanics Of Homosexual Intercourse

Love, hate and other fundamental procedures.

 Damn straight I judge books by their covers, and I judged the hell out of Lonely Christopher’s The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse   More
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 CHRIS STAMM

Tom Rachman The Imperfectionists

The Times’ Roman holiday.

On the cynical face of it, it is unsurprising that Tom Rachman’s debut novel, The Imperfectionists (The Dial, 288 pages, $15), has been a darling among the newspaper and magazine press over this ...   More
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Chris Cleave Incendiary

A man writes as a woman writing to Osama bin Laden.

Set in the East End of London, Chris Cleave’s 2005 debut novel, Incendiary, is formatted as a grieving housewife’s letter to Osama bin Laden, asking him to stop his campaign of terror afte ...   More
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 LEIGHTON COSSEBOOM

Win McCormack The Rajneesh Chronicles

How a red-robed cult tried to seize political power in Oregon.

It sounds like the plot of an action movie: After Bhagwan Shree (Sir God) Rajneesh arrived in America in 1981, he declared he would build a utopian farming commune in the rural town of Antelope, a Cen ...   More
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 LEIGHTON COSSEBOOM

Mia Birk Joyride

How Portland reinvented (two) wheels.

When one of the Netherlands’ major advocates for bicycling was asked this fall to what he attributed Portland’s success in becoming one of the world leaders in alternative transportation, ...   More
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 BRETT CAMPBELL

David Thomson The New Biographical Dictionary of Film

He’s still big. It’s the pictures that got small.

Like a perennial political candidate—the Ralph Nader of movie reviewing—David Thomson becomes the most resented man in film criticism every four years, or however often he publishes an upd ...   More
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 AARON MESH

Edmund Morris Colonel Roosevelt

Roosevelt’s best biographer reveals a mountain lion in winter.

His slogan was “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” but Theodore Roosevelt is now remembered mostly for the stick and almost not at all for any softness of speech. And yet it is in his qu ...   More
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 Matthew Buckingham

Phil Stanford The Peyton-Allan Files

A five-decade-old murder mystery still haunts a local journo.

Fifty years ago this week, two 19-year-old lovers were brutally murdered in Portland on a Saturday night while parked off Northwest 53rd Drive in Forest Park. Portland State University student Larry P ...   More
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Harriet Fasenfest A Householder’s Guide To The Universe

The new book by Harriet Fasenfest, A Householder’s Guide to the Universe (Tin House, 400 pages, $16.95), is like a thick slice of rhubarb pie. Tart, saucy, colorful, perhaps an acquired taste, b ...   More
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 Sarah E. Smith

Greg Graffin Anarchy Evolution

We’re here, it’s weird, get used to it.

On Bad Religion’s seminal 1988 album Suffer, thesaurus-wielding frontman Greg Graffin offered this decidedly straightforward declaration of empiricist independence: “Hey, I don’t kno ...   More
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

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