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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

Jill Lepore The Whites Of Their Eyes

If you can’t laugh at your past, what can you laugh at?

Jill Lepore made her bones at The New Yorker writing on two subjects she cares passionately about: American history and breast-feeding. I am perhaps unqualified to comment on the latter, but the Harva ...   More
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 Matthew Buckingham

Larry Colton No Ordinary Joes

A Goat Brother restores humanity to the Greatest Generation.

It’s been 10 years since Larry Colton reinvigorated the nonfiction sports genre with Counting Coup, the offbeat chronicle of a Crow Indian girl’s against-all-odds quest to lead her high-sc ...   More
Wednesday, October 6, 2010 Matthew Buckingham

Tao Lin Richard Yates

The NYC lit instigator on dollars and cents.

Mention Tao Lin’s name in a crowd full of concerned readers and struggling writers and watch the room explode. Your dad probably hasn’t heard of him, but where Lin is known and read (or po ...   More
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 CHRIS STAMM

Jonathan Franzen Freedom

The family vs. freedom.

Patty and Walter Berglund are staying frosty. Over the years, their love has advanced by the glacially slow accumulation of kindnesses and tolerance. They are helpful neighbors, listeners of NPR, tast ...   More
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 HANNA NEUSCHWANDER

William Gibson Zero History

Branding us to death.

For all the accolades he’s received as a visionary sci-fi author who coined the word “cyberspace” and first romanticized computer hacking, the Canadian author William Gibson is no lo ...   More
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Robert Whitaker Anatomy Of An Epidemic

Yes, Tom Cruise is a loon, but he may be right about psychiatry.

Science writer Robert Whitaker’s new book about psychiatric drugs is so depressing, readers may want to reach for a Prozac. They’d be better off ordering a dry martini. Whitaker’s t ...   More
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Mary Roach Packing For Mars

Things they don’t teach kids at space camp.

Space urination: the final frontier. These are the voyages of Mary Roach, the intrepid reporter who dares seek out the baser realities of astronaut life. For those among us more curious about the logi ...   More
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 Caitlin Giddings

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