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Portland Queer

A new anthology keeps Portland predictable.

According to a definition cited by Ariel Gore, editor of this LGBT-themed story collection, the word “queer” means “unusually different.” Different from what? From you. Unless ...   More
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 JOHN MINERVINI

READING TONIGHT: Ali Sethi, author of The Wish Maker

24-year-old Ali Sethi's sprawling debut, The Wish Maker—a family saga about growing up in Pakistan—made this year's list of Vogue's top ten summer books. Check it out    More
Friday, June 19, 2009 by JOHN MINERVINI

Ali Sethi The Wish Maker

Well wished: This Pakistani debut is a hit.

For American readers, Pakistan is both dazzling and unfamiliar—a land of cosmopolitan lady diplomats and hard-headed generals, sophisticated poets and orthodox imams, rickshaws and Palm Pilots, ...   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 JOHN MINERVINI


A local company is building a house you can heat with a blow-dryer.

News Stories
“These aren’t your gramma’s storm windows.” Bjorn Nelson holds up a wicked-looking window casing. Sourced from Germany, it features triple thermal glass panes, three rubber gas ...   More
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 JOHN MINERVINI

Aleksandar Hemon Love And Obstacles

Obstacles win, hands down.

Writing about Dickens, George Orwell mused, “He is all fragments, all details—rotten architecture, but wonderful gargoyles.” Aleksandar Hemon’s new collection of short stories, ...   More
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 JOHN MINERVINI

Rigoletto (Portland Opera)

Murder with a side of Hunchback.

We have it anecdotally that on the morning after Rigoletto’s premiere, theatergoers sang “La Donna e Mobile” in the streets of Venice. You may not think you know that canzone, but yo ...   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 JOHN MINERVINI

Cruising for Nymphs: La Calisto Reviewed

So you thought Monteverdi was the only Baroque Venetian who's getting any play these days? You thought wrong. In the wake of several prestigious revivals in the UK and Europe, Portland Opera has decided to stage Francesco Cavalli's La Calisto, an edgy show, and Cavalli's ...   More
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 by JOHN MINERVINI

Amnis, Axis, Caulis, Collis:' Portland Opera's The Turn of the Screw

Portland Opera's production of Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw borrows Hollywood scare tactics from horror classics like The Shining, The Exorcist, and The Children of the Corn—elements like cloak-and-dagger chiaroscuro l...   More
Monday, February 9, 2009 by JOHN MINERVINI

TOME RAIDER: A Mercy, Part II of II

Each week, WW writer John Minervini brings you the latest in book reviews, author Q&A's and Portland literary gossip. Click here to join the Tome Raider mailing list.

Perhaps I was a b...   More
Tuesday, February 3, 2009 by JOHN MINERVINI

TOME RAIDER: A Mercy, Part I of II

Each week, WW writer John Minervini brings you the latest in book reviews, author Q&A's and Portland literary gossip. Check wweek.com in coming days for the second half of Tome Raider's two-part review of Toni Morrison's new novel, A Mercy (Knopf, 167 pages,...   More
Tuesday, January 6, 2009 by JOHN MINERVINI
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