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Wordstock authors on sex, dystopia and Fifty Shades of Grey.


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Portland’s annual literary festival, Wordstock, is back and it’s…roughly the same size as ever. For two days, the hallowed halls of the Oregon Convention Center will play host to some 200 vi   More
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Jeff Parker and Erika Moen, Bucko

The director’s cut.


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In the age of DVRs, Hulu, Netflix, iTunes and, let’s be honest, BitTorrent, there’s very little reason to buy DVDs of movies and TV shows—unless they come packed with extras. That’s the at   More
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Caleb Scharf, Gravity’s Engines

A Columbia astronomer blows bubbles.


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From what sounds like static, astronomers can discern an image of the entire universe. Explaining how they pull off this trick is the job of writers like Caleb Scharf, director of astrobiology a   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Portland Fall Arts Guide 2012: Dancing In the Dark

With apologies to Julia Stiles, Oregon Ballet dancers go clubbin’.


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No one is dancing when I arrive at Jones. I’m here to meet Oregon Ballet Theatre dancers Olga Krochik and Lucas Threefoot and their friends, ostensibly for a night on the town. But it’s early    More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 HEATHER WISNER

Portland Fall Arts Guide 2012: Words to the Wolves

What happens when a best-selling author joins an amateur writers’ group?


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I have read Harry Potter erotica. Sometimes, life is like that. One moment, you’re getting ready to read what you think will be a fun short story about a magic girl and boy, and in the next, Gin   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 LAURIE NOTARO

Portland Fall Arts Guide 2012: Different Thursdays

Tom Cramer takes his work from the Pearl to Alberta.


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The Willamette River divides Portland’s art scene. Tony galleries in the Pearl District and Northwest exude First Thursday hauteur, while street artists turn Northeast Alberta Street into a fr   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Portland Fall Arts Guide 2012: Pearls After a Lazy Lunch

How will an Oregon Symphony violinist do as a downtown busker?


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It’s just after noon on a gorgeous late summer Friday at Pioneer Courthouse Square, and one of the best and most versatile violinists on the West Coast is getting ready to do some busking. Dre   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 BRETT CAMPBELL

Rose City Comic-Con

Can Portland build a con to rival the mighty Emerald City?


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Stumptown, Kumoricon, Wonder Northwest, OryCon-—does Portland really need another geek convention?  Ron Brister sure thinks so, and he says he’s got the numbers to prove it. The first Ros   More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Cuppa Things to Consider

Five things you didn’t know about Portland coffee.


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I spent six months traveling the West Coast interviewing coffee roasters for my new book, Left Coast Roast (Timber Press, 296 pages, $16.95). I learned some interesting things. Among them: Stumpto   More
 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 HANNA NEUSCHWANDER

Jenny Lawson, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

I can has book deal?


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Dangerous things happen when bloggers get book deals. Yes, there are remarkably talented writers out there offering socially relevant content in blog form. But the blogosphere is a different sort    More
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 PENELOPE BASS
 

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