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Restaurant Guide 2005


Food Reviews & Stories
Perfectly crispy tempura, a miso soup with surprising depth—and that's just the appetizers. While Sinju's large dining room features oodles of ornate dividers to give diners multiple opportunities for a private experience—or, for parties of at least five, a private, swanky tatami-mat roo   More
 
Wednesday, October 19, 2005 Karla Starr

Restaurant Guide 2005


Food Reviews & Stories
Squeeze past the outdoor diners, wait in line between oodles of Italian groceries and a curvaceous wine shelf, then place your order with the cashier, put the number on your table and wait for one of the best upscale, casual Italian meals in Portland. Don't be turned off by the serving system—   More
 
Wednesday, October 19, 2005 Karla Starr

The Reader's Writer

Zadie Smith has bested her acclaimed first novel with On Beauty.


Featured Stories
Even though Zadie Smith's debut novel, White Teeth, came out only shortly after she graduated from Cambridge University in 2001, it nailed the glorious chaos of modern-day, multicultural London and wo ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2005 Karla Starr

Gata Salvaje

A white girl's journey into Portland's Latino stripculture.


Night Avenger
Strip clubs are like raindrops in Portland: They're everywhere. And like the rain, stripculture is seemingly indiscriminate, catering to a largely mixed (and mixed-gender) crowd. For anyone to willing ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2005 Karla Starr

SHALIMAR THE CLOWN

A fatwa-surviving author creates a terrorist.


Books
Shalimar the ClownBy Salman Rushdie (Random House, 398 pages, $25.95)"Everyone's story is now a part of everyone else's," claims an oft-repeated line in Salman Rushdie's latest novel, Shalimar the Clo ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 21, 2005 Karla Starr

LITERARY THREESOME

The three top books Portlanders are buying.


Books
Eldest (Inheritance, Book 2), by Christopher Paolini #1 at Powell's and downtown BordersPaolini-who, with two novels in the Inheritance Trilogy under his belt, just turned 21-is finally growing out of ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2005 Karla Starr

AMERICAN MORPHIST

Novelist Bret Easton Ellis on Tom Cruise, the Today show and what's really scary.


Featured Stories
He's the kind of writer you want to hate. The 1985 publication of Bret Easton Ellis' debut novel, a depiction of wealthy, nihilistic Los Angeles teens called Less than Zero, brought the then-21-year-o ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2005 Karla Starr

HEARTBREAKERS MEET BOILERPLATE

Arty Portland comic partners publish a mash-up of sci-fi and historical fiction.


Books
Portland's publishing scene includes a burgeoning pool of graphic novelists and artists, thanks in part to the economic influence of Dark Horse Comics, the third-largest comic-book publisher in the co ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 31, 2005 Karla Starr

DAMIEN RICE

Downtown bouncer has clear view of this summer's gun violence.


Q & A
From the door outside a popular downtown nightclub, Damien Rice watches you. He checks your clothing, eyes, attitude, looking for hidden weapons or any other trigger that could explode into violence. ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 17, 2005 Karla Starr

CLEARCUT

Stock characters sprout in this lush look at the Pacific Northwest, circa 1970.


Books
CLEARCUT by nina shengold (Anchor Books, 352 pages, $13.)Loneliness can turn ugly people into soul mates and landscapes into best friends. Such is the affliction driving the three main characters of C ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 Karla Starr
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