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All About Me

Billy Collins is a rarity: an American poet with a large following.


Books
Billy Collins is a companionable poet. Not for him the perishable novelties of postmodernist quote lifting (and attendant concerns with typeface) or the ephemeral taunts and tirades of slam. No, our m ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2004 Steffen Silvis

Literary Politics

In 2003, the world took stock while local writers filled our bookshelves.


Books
Flipping through the publishing catalogs, there's clear evidence that 2003 became, necessarily by war, a political year. For Portland readers and literati, however, it was also a year that saw a slew ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 31, 2003 Steffen Silvis

Bargain Centered

Stark Raving's Faust. Us. is a good experiment with mixed results.


Performance
Portland playwright Joseph Fisher's latest piece is such a successful burlesque of Goethe's Faust that his play's second half is as convoluted and unsatisfying as that of its source. Still, this is a ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 24, 2003 Steffen Silvis

ALL MY CHILDREN

Two plays take an anguished view of child-parent relationships.


Performance
The eternal struggle between parent and child is currently being given two very distinct treatments on Portland stages. The first, a play by a famed British playwright, tackles the topic of clonin ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2003 Steffen Silvis

CiRCUS WORLD

Cirque du Soleil rises over Portland again with its most popular production.


Featured Stories
I have seen cynics melt into giddiness at the very mention of Cirque du Soleil. The famed Canadian circus, spread across the inhabited world now in a series of shows, has redefined one of the olde ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2003 Steffen Silvis

King Sized Up


Featured Stories
The decision by the National Book Foundation to honor Stephen King for his "distinguished contribution to American letters" has sparked the proverbial war of words in the country's literary commun ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2003 Steffen Silvis

Portland, they wrote.


Books
Portland is a city of readers. But you know that. Whether it's the rain, our fertile brains or the easy availability of used copies of Gravity's Rainbow, this city worships at the church of the wr ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2003 Steffen Silvis

Broadway Comes to Podunk

The American Film Theatre series once brought the best of modern drama to the local Bijou.


Movie Reviews & Stories
There weren't many opportunities for me to see live theater while growing up in the agrarian purgatory of Clark County, Wash., where the only drama lay in outrunning shotgun blasts from kindly n ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2003 Steffen Silvis

CAST ON A HOT Tin House

Tin House magazine's first summer writers workshop was a success even without crowds.


Books
In the latest issue of The Organ, novelist Matthew Stadler presents an excellent argument against the type of summer writing workshop that Tin House inaugurated last week at Reed College. Stadler ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2003 Steffen Silvis

Letting Underdogs Lie


News Stories
In a bit of spin worthy of the White House, Portland Center Stage's artistic director, Chris Coleman, explains in the latest issue of American Theatre magazine why the theater will not be staging a pr ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2003 Steffen Silvis
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