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Tattoo Redo

A tattoo-removal program may be nice, but there's no follow-up to see if it helps the people who pay for it.

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Joshua Lipkin believes that removing two tattoos on his stomach—one from a former gang, the other of a marijuana leaf—will help turn his life around. "It promotes something I don't want t ...   More
Wednesday, May 16, 2007 Paige Richmond

The End Is Nigh (sort of)

If a local conference on the Mayan calendar isn't New Age hippie tripe, there might not be a 2013.

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John Major Jenkins wants to make one thing clear: The world might end in five years, but it might not. "It's really up to free will and our own choice as to what happens collectively in the future," ...   More
Wednesday, May 16, 2007 Paige Richmond

Miranda July, No One Belongs Here More Than You

Former Portland ingenue trades moving pictures for moving words.

"We are social animals, and everything we do is because of other people, because we love them, or because we don't," writes Miranda July in "Ten True Things," one of the short stories collected in No ...   More
Wednesday, May 16, 2007 Paige Richmond

To Commuters: Washington State says, "Hang up and drive"

If you make the daily commute either to or from Vancouver, you'd best invest in hands-free headset for your cell phone. Washington State passed on a law on Wednesday that restricts how drivers can talk and drive. The measure, which passed 59-38 in the State House, would require all driv...   More
Friday, April 13, 2007 by Paige Richmond

Dry-cleaning Diaries

Paige Richmond gets down and dirty with delicate fabrics so you don't have to.

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Admit it: Your clothes are in need of dry-cleaning. Maybe you wore your favorite vintage dress (check the tag—it's probably made of polyester or rayon) at one too many smoky bars or dripped some ...   More
Wednesday, April 4, 2007 Paige Richmond

John Perkins

An evangelical civil-rights activist brings his message of community and conservative family values to our liberal city.

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John Perkins believes social change is possible, but he knows it doesn't come easy. A sharecropper's son with a third-grade education, Perkins began ministering about reconciliation between blacks an ...   More
Wednesday, April 4, 2007 Paige Richmond

Publisher throws down the literary gauntlet

It's nice to know someone is reading my book reviews, even if they don't agree with me. But it's especially flattering when a publishing company holds an essay contest about my unflattering review of their latest release.
Astoria-based Times Eagle Press placed an ad in this week's Portland Mercu...   More
Monday, March 26, 2007 by Paige Richmond

World Leader Pretend

His novel might take place in a made-up world, but Portland's James Bernard Frost is the real deal.

World Leader Pretend (St. Martin's Griffin, 336 pages, $13.95) is as addictive as the Realm, the MMORPG (massive multi-player online role-playing game) that enthralls the novel's characters. But this ...   More
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 Paige Richmond

Split Creek

V.O. Blum's latest work is weird, and not in a good way.

There is nothing wrong with weird fiction. Thomas Pynchon's novels (and personal life) are weird, but Gravity's Rainbow won the National Book Award. Local writer Peter Rock's weird collection of short ...   More
Wednesday, January 10, 2007 Paige Richmond

He's Got Balls

Grab some dollar bills, head to Renner's and get ready for bingo—diva-style.

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"All right, bitches! Are you ready to play bingo?" yells the host, a guy wearing cargo pants, a T-shirt, a baseball cap and a headset microphone reminiscent of Madonna's Truth or Dare tour.The packed ...   More
Wednesday, December 27, 2006 Paige Richmond
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