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Keith Lee Morris Call It What You Want

Just don’t call it depressing.

A kid dies, a man commits suicide, a friend kills a friend and a wife cheats (maybe). And that’s just in the first 84 pages of Keith Lee Morris’ new short story collection Call it What You ...   More
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

Craig Welch Shell Games

A Seattle reporter hooks readers with tales of seafood smugglers in Puget Sound.

When they turn out the lights on the last newspaper in America, this is what readers will have lost: the spare, exhilarating prose of old-school newspapermen like Craig Welch. In Shell Games (William ...   More
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Greil Marcus When That Rough God Goes Riding

These dreams of Van Morrison.

On the very first page of his new book, When That Rough God Goes Riding: Listening to Van Morrison (Public Affairs, 195 pages, $22.95), rock critic Greil Marcus (Mystery Train, Lipstick Traces) compar ...   More
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Frank Meeink Autobiography Of A Recovering Skinhead

How to build a skinhead; how to save one.

An Orangina bottle, soap in an old sock, and a pair of boots: These were Frank Meeink’s seemingly innocuous stepping stones in his rise as a notorious neo-Nazi leader. Autobiography of a Recove ...   More
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 NATALIE BAKER

Rebecca Skloot The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

History’s most important cancer, revealed.

In all the hullabaloo over healthcare reform, one issue I never heard addressed by either the talking heads or the screaming ninnies on the Mall is the unfathomable gulf of education that separates th ...   More
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Alafair Burke 212

A former Portland assistant DA sends the Goldschmidt scandal to NYC.

Former Gov. Neil Goldschmidt keeps a low profile these days, but Portland writers keep resurrecting him—or characters based on him—in their novels. There was Phillip Margolin’s Execu ...   More
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Mac McClelland For Us Surrender Is Out Of The Question

A Midwestern teacher visits the world’s oldest war.

What happens when an English teacher from Ohio stumbles onto the world’s longest-running war and a resulting humanitarian catastrophe bleeding through two troubled Southeast Asian countries? If ...   More
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Mark Gluth The Late Work Of Margaret Kroftis

A beautiful little death.

The sentences in Mark Gluth’s debut novella are short. Like this. All of them. The title is a tip-off: “Kroftis.” That’s an anagram for Kristof. Writer Agota Kristof, that is. ...   More
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Anthony Brandt The Man Who Ate His Boots

To boldly go where no scurvy-ridden, candle-eating man has gone before.

Don’t be misled by the catchy title of The Man Who Ate His Boots: The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Passage (Alfred A. Knopf, 441 pages, $28.95). The book is far from a biograph ...   More
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 HENRY STERN

Mary Gaitskill Don’t Cry

Tales from the bloody, disembodied heart.

Mary Gaitskill’s stories have always been a long time coming; about a decade has separated each of Gaitskill’s collections since her now-classic 1988 debut, Bad Behavior. Grace Paley&mdash ...   More
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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