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Eggers’ omelette.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Clownlike Girl

Monica Drake and the humor of the tragic.

Monica Drake’s sense of humor might really bum you out. The Portland-based author of the acclaimed novel Clown Girl—and, most recently, The Stud Book—finds comedy in life’s farcicality and rel   More
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 PENELOPE BASS

Leave the Fork, Take the Pen

Nobody goes to a food festival to eat. Anyone who can afford a $465 ticket to Feast, which will occupy visiting food nerds and local Twitterazzi for the next four days, knows this. In the best m   More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR, MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Robert Boswell, Tumbledown

Robert Boswell: 103.

Tumbledown (Graywolf, 429 pages, $26) is a book about shallow love, lust and sex in a mental institution. The plot is a complicated web of love triangles, and by the end you’ll know exactly—   More
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 RICHARD GRUNERT
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