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The Best Thing I Read This Year

From memoir to nonfiction to poetry, Portland’s literary community weighs in on the best books of 2013.


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My pick—Antidote by Corey Van Landingham—is unabashedly biased. Van Landingham was my student at Lewis & Clark College, and, for me, part of the thrill of reading this book comes from my   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 WW Culture Staff

JD Chandler, Hidden History of Portland, Oregon

Localizing Howard Zinn.


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JD Chandler’s Hidden History of Portland, Oregon (History Press, 190 pages, $19.99) isn’t the usual cult Portland chronicle of Shanghai Tunnels or tittered-about former brothels. Rather, it�   More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Mark Russell, God Is Disappointed in You

The gooder news Bible.


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In 1966, someone had the radical idea of publishing the Bible in the everyday American language. The translation technique was called “dynamic equivalence,” which holds that good translation   More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

The Best of McSweeney’s

Eggers’ omelette.


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My first encounter with McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern was at Reading Frenzy bookstore in the summer of 1999. The literary journal looked like nothing else. The cover of Issue 3 was filigreed w   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Winemakers of the Willamette Valley

More boxed than bottled.


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In conversation with Oregon oenophiles, California is a curse word. John Vincent and Vivian Perry capitalize on this fiery state pride with Winemakers of the Willamette Valley: Pioneering Vintners   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 ENID SPITZ

Top of the Papua

The polymathic Jared Diamond on what we can learn from tribal customs.


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Jared Diamond doesn’t think small. At various points a physiologist, ornithologist, ecologist, historian and geographer, Diamond gained renown in 1997 with his book Guns, Germs and Steel, fo   More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Write All The Books

Meet the hyperbolic Allie Brosh.


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You’re probably familiar with Allie Brosh’s work—you just don’t realize it. Posts and cartoons from the Bend-based writer’s blog, Hyperbole and a Half, are all over the Internet—shared   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 RUTH BROWN

William Todd Schultz, Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith

In search of the man behind the misery.


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In the 10 years since Elliott Smith died of a self-inflicted stab wound to the chest, the one thing we’ve collectively come to understand about the singer-songwriter is that he may never be    More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Jesmyn Ward, Men We Reaped

A rotten story, told brilliantly.


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From the beginning of Men We Reaped (Bloomsbury, 272 pages, $26), Jesmyn Ward makes clear her memoir isn’t going to be an easy ride. By telling her story, she hopes, “I’ll understand why my    More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

A. Scott Berg, Wilson

Wilson: the last openly racist U.S. president.


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Woodrow Wilson’s rise to president of the U.S. was as meteoric and improbable as Barack Obama’s a century later. Within a decade of becoming president of Princeton University, Wilson “left   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 MATT BUCKINGHAM
 

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