So much depends on avoiding as many stop signs as possible.
It may seem overwhelming at first, but the decision to
commute to work by bike isn’t one you’ll regret. Maybe you’ve thought
about it but haven’t figured out exactly how it’d work. Well,
Storm Large is not a stranger to anyone with tenure in Portland’s music and arts scene. Her new memoir, Crazy Enough (Free
Press, 288 pages, $25), painstakingly details how Large came to be the
Luis Alberto Urrea spent some 26 years on Queen of America
(Little, Brown and Company, 496 pages, $25.99). The novel is
understandably precious to the Mexican-American author as it borrows
Butter rum Life Savers, and other visions of hell.
As the setting for a Chuck Palahniuk novel, hell seems
strangely overdue. The Portland-bred novelist specializes in damaged
protagonists in vile scenarios—people well deserving of eternal