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CREATIVE CLASS CRISIS! (Or so say 4-5 people)

Hit the Panic Accelerator, Portlanders: Rents are rising, and the "creative class" is gonna flee! Or at least that's the underlying point of this pleasantly factoid-lite Oregonian story triggered by 'zine publisher Microcosm's recent (bitchy) announcement that it is moving from North ...   More
Friday, March 16, 2007 by

Instant Fiction Grand Championship Crowns Short-Short Superstars!

A couple of weeks ago, we slapped down a challenge to Portland's would-be literary mini-geniuses: write us the best locally themed short story you can. Oh, and do it in 100 words or less. Dozens of O. Henry (that's him, to the right) disciples charged on to the field of keyboard battle, knockin...   More
Wednesday, February 7, 2007 by

WWire Instant Fiction Contest: Deadline TOMORROW!

There's still time to knock together literary brilliance (in a new, convenient FunSize) for our Instant Fiction Grand Championship. Entries are due by close of business tomorrow....   More
Monday, January 29, 2007 by

Timbers Army Faces Crucial Early Tests

The Portland Timbers, our city's beloved (if second-tier and underperforming) pro soccer club, announced its (their? damn you, grammar!) 2007 schedule today...and it sort of sucks.

The...   More
Thursday, January 25, 2007 by

OHSU's "Gay Sheep" Hit NYT

You may remember the round of twitters all of Portland (including WW) had when word got around that an OHSU researcher was studying "gay sheep." It seems a small number of rams are sexually attracted only to other rams. Some Oregon scientists—as scientists will—wondered why.<...   More
Thursday, January 25, 2007 by

The WWire Instant Fiction Grand Championship!

It's often said that the short story is the most challenging literary form. They're hard to nail down—plus, they require all that honing and crafting. But have we got a deal for you!

If you feel the call of the Muse yet never seem to get the time to spiel out literary brilliance, ...   More
Tuesday, January 23, 2007 by

Schizoid In Timberland

Fans of the Portland Timbers, our city's endearingly scruffy and consistently underachieving pro soccer club, are coming to grips with one of those situations that make sports so emotionally taxing. Andrew Gregor, a University of Portland product who has played for all three    More
Monday, January 22, 2007 by

The Disappointed

Tireless (his critics would say tiresome) local blogger Jack Bogdanski just posted his annual list of disappointing public figures. Bojack's list reflects his own perennial obsessions: hatred of the Portland Streetcar, Randy Gragg, Erik Sten and the local Catholic hierarchs.

Who would make your list? Besides the President, w...   More
Thursday, January 18, 2007 by


Winter storms bring out the finest in local TV news journalism:

1. "It's snowing out here, for sure."—Wilson Chow, KGW

2. "I'm calling audibles, it's like a football game."—Dave Salesky, KGW

3. "Honey, are you listening? Helmet on the kids."—Tracy Berry, KGW

4. "We're going to get to One Life to Live pretty quick..."R...   More
Tuesday, January 16, 2007 by


Will we suffer his fate?...   More
Tuesday, January 16, 2007 by
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