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PDX Zine Symposium

Canadian staple-wielding grandmas invade Portland this weekend.


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Indie this, DIY that: Portlanders revel in being their own bosses. And as anyone creative with a message will tell you, putting together your own zine offers the best of many worlds, with its low star ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 9, 2006 Karla Starr

City Of Slackers

WW takes a joy ride with the self-professed expert on "Doing Nothing" to find out just why Portland is so damn laid-back.


Featured Stories
Who were Francis Pettygrove of Portland, Maine, and Asa Lovejoy of Boston, Mass.?If you said "this city's founders," you're right.But if you said, "lazy, lazy men," you'd be right, too: When it came t ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 2, 2006 Karla Starr

FC2's The Writer's Edge

Experimental fiction will destroy publishing, takes over Portland.


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Every few years, it seems two more publishers merge, and fewer companies control what we read. Despite the ballyhoo about self-publishing and print-on-demand, the reality is that six publishers now do ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 26, 2006 Karla Starr

Winona Laduke

The Green activist takes on wild rice and the White House.


Q & A
With a decades-long history nationally of activism and altruism, former Green Party vice presidential candidate Winona LaDuke may seem very distant from the rest of us.But the back story for the 47-ye ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 19, 2006 Karla Starr

Cheap Eats 2006


Food Reviews & Stories
Forget about a lunchtime menu for this quaint, downtown Mediterranean spot—before dinner, it's buffet-only. But don't shy away: $7.99 gets you heaps of salad, rice, rolls, and a smorgasbord of entrees, including famous roasted chicken. For supper, start with garlicky hummus ($3.99) or baba ghanouj (   More
 
Tuesday, July 18, 2006 Karla Starr

Teach Me Tonight! Friday, July 14

Reasons you may or may not want to support a literary nonprofit.


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"I can't go on, I'll go on [to Teach Me Tonight: a benefit for 826 Valencia, a nonprofit creative-writing tutoring center founded by McSweeney's maven Dave Eggers]," said Nobel Prize laureate Samuel B ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 12, 2006 Karla Starr

Girls In Peril


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Considering the risky business that is fiction publishing today, it seems odd that printing a novella by an unknown author could be considered a safe move for a small, independent publisher. So it's m ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 28, 2006 Karla Starr

Chuck Klosterman

The essayist on waffles, Rod Stewart and being unknown in Akron.


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According to the online know-it-all Wikipedia, Charles John "Chuck" Klosterman is an American pop-culture journalist, critic and essayist who was born on June 5, 1972, in Wilkin County, Minn., and rai ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 21, 2006 Karla Starr

Literary Threesome

A triple threat against the usual, boring beach book.


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Samuel Beckett: Grove Centenary Edition, edited by Paul Auster (Grove Press, 4 vols., $100)With 2006 marking Beckett's 100th birthday, a slew of so-so biographies and humdrum critical works on the 196 ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 7, 2006 Karla Starr

Gay Talese

One progenitor of New Journalism tells it like it is—or should be.


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Whether or not the good-natured, gentile 74-year-old will admit it, Gay Talese, like Tom Wolfe, is a founder of what many call "New Journalism." Rather than relaying the Five Ws (who, what, where, whe ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 17, 2006 Karla Starr
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