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Corinne Atlas

Ponies and bugs declare war on terror.

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For over a year now, Corinne Atlas has been preparing for work by pulling on an oversized bug costume. It could be worse—she could have a tail. Since October 2006, Atlas, as “Ladybug,&rdqu ...   More
Wednesday, January 9, 2008 Jonah Sandford

Sohrab Vossoughi

The globally known design consultant schools PDX.

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“It was exciting to be able to give something back to society that meant something,” exclaimed Sohrab Vossoughi. Judging by his enthusiasm, you’d think the amiable 50-year-old was ta ...   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2007 Mike Thelin

Washington County Peak Oil Reading Group

A bunch of neighbors in the ’burbs have the peak-oil book market cornered.

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When the global oil supply dries up, Donna Maebori, 56, and Peter Lunsford, 49, will be ready. Or, at least they’ll be well-read. This pair of suburbanites are the founders of the Washington Co ...   More
Wednesday, December 5, 2007 Paige Richmond

Darius Rejali

Portland-based expert on state-sponsored torture answers some painful questions.

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Darius M. Rejali became an internationally recognized expert on torture and interrogation in part due to his childhood growing up under an authoritarian regime in Iran, and the personal revelations th ...   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 Lawrence J. Maushard

X-tian Gunther

A Seattle convert diagnoses Portland’s ills after leaving our fair city.

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New York native Christian Gunther is a consummate member of the “creative class” that some economists hope will save American cities like Portland from post-industrial rot. Gunther moved h ...   More
Wednesday, November 21, 2007 COREY PEIN

Diane Ackerman

The naturalist author on Polish zookeepers and the only good thing you could ever say about the Nazis.

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Diane Ackerman creates a new world every time she writes a sentence. A teacher and naturalist, the author has tackled everything from our own human wits (A Natural History of the Senses ) to monk seal ...   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2007 KELLY CLARKE

Farel Dalrymple

A local artist brings a comic book back from the dead—with help from some guy named Jonathan Lethem.

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In 1975, one of Marvel Comics’ strangest authors, Steve Gerber, scribe of such out-there books as Man-Thing and Howard the Duck , created Omega the Unknown . Weird was an understatement. Ostens ...   More
Wednesday, November 7, 2007 Erik Bader

David Briggs

Portland’s mad chocolate scientist reveals his bacon-infused secrets.

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“I don’t like sugar all that much,” David Briggs announces. Now, I’m a certifiable sugar addict, so I don’t have much trust in those who disdain my drug of choice, nor d ...   More
Wednesday, October 31, 2007 JOANNA MILLER

Katee Sackhoff

The Portland-born actress talks Beaverton,Battlestarand bionic boobs.

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The 1998 graduating class of Beaverton’s Sunset High School got a shock a few years back when they flipped to the Sci-Fi Channel’s critically acclaimed TV series Battlestar Galactica . Tha ...   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 William Crawford

Dr. Oliver Sacks

The renowned neurologist talks about that song playing in your head right now.

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Dr. Oliver Sacks is a rare bird in the world of medicine: Not only is he one of the country’s top neurologists, but the British-born doctor also has a knack for weaving his clinical profiles of ...   More
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 Claire Evans
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