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J.C. Hallman, B & Me

Putting the need back in reading.

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


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

Smith Henderson, Fourth of July Creek

More live in heartbreak.

Cheryl Strayed got the fancy movie premiere. Chuck Palahniuk gets the comic book. But probably the most significant book to come from a Portland writer in the past year is Smith Henderson’s Fo   More
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Mark Adams, Meet Me in Atlantis

Somewhere, beneath the sea…

Every clue to the final resting place of the lost city of Atlantis comes from a single, ancient source: the Greek philosopher Plato. And even he heard the story eighth-hand, passed down from a d   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Scott Timberg, Culture Crash

You’re Kanye or you’re no one.

Last November, Jack Conte of the California indie-pop duo Pomplamoose penned a blog post on the plight of the modern indie-rock band. “Being in an indie band,” Conte wrote, “is running a n   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Mitchell S. Jackson, The Residue Years

Portland had a crack epidemic, too.

When picking a backdrop for tales of inner-city struggle, authors often end up in New York or Chicago. For his debut novel, The Residue Years (Bloomsbury, 352 pages, $17), which is set amid the mi   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 CURTIS COOK

Nick Jaina, Get It While You Can

Suffering, and reflecting, in silence.

Nick Jaina is not famous. Far from it, really. But the question of what it means to be an artist—and how much pain you’re willing to endure to pursue your art in the quest for something grea   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Patton Oswalt, Silver Screen Fiend

The old fantasy about shovel-murdering George Lucas.

There’s a bit in Patton Oswalt’s 2007 standup record, Werewolves and Lollipops, where he says his “geekiness is getting in the way of his nerdiness.” To casual fans who came Oswalt’s way v   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Kelly Sue DeConnick, Bitch Planet

Planets are the new prisons.

Bitch Planet is an uncomfortable title to ask for over the phone, given that 50 percent of it is an insult fortified by a millennia of sexism. But for the new Image Comics series, written by P   More
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Frank Portman, King Dork Approximately

Who wrote Holden Caulfield?

When it comes to peddling teen angst, few writers of young adult fiction have the qualifications of Frank Portman. With 30 years of fronting Berkeley pop-punk band the Mr. T Experience under his   More
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 PETE COTTELL
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