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Patrick deWitt Ablutions

A local author writes what he knows—booze.


Books
Patrick deWitt’s debut novel, Ablutions (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 164 pages, $23), perches at the back of a pitiful bartender’s mind as he observes his wretched regulars and struggles ag ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 CHRIS STAMM

Momma’s Man

Home is so sad. Let’s go back.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Yes, you can go home again. Caveat visitor: You might not want to leave. Consider Mikey, the sad-sack protagonist of Azazel Jacobs’ wonderful, low-budget drama Momma’s Man. Unlike the relu ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2008 CHRIS STAMM

Towelhead

Once more in suburbia, with feeling.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Alan Ball, upon whom some mischievous muse bestowed a Janus-faced capacity for both the ersatz ipecac of American Beauty (which he wrote) and the heartaching perfection of Six Feet Under (which he cre ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 CHRIS STAMM

My Winnipeg

Guy Maddin, now with more hockey.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Even the blandest, most benighted hamlet, if it happens to be the place where you first met the world, is myth and magic. It’s the map of a hidden self, for better or worse. Usually, somehow, wo ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 CHRIS STAMM

The 40-Year-Old Children

Step Brothers Ferrell and Reilly perfect the comedy of retardation.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In an alternate, perhaps less amusing universe, Mike Leigh has just directed a film in which two developmentally disabled middle-aged men become stepbrothers, learning to love each other and respect t ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2008 CHRIS STAMM


Food Reviews & Stories
Time was when tofu tortas did not exist outside of the Frito-fueled hallucinations of deprived vegans. Enter Los Gorditos. Its mission: allowing vegans to enjoy the slow fade into portliness as much as their meat-eating brethren. Consider it accomplished. In this dining room, for once, it is a v   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 CHRIS STAMM

Dish Review


Food Reviews & Stories
As it neared the end of its six-year run as one of Portland’s best restaurants, Lovely Hula Hands coasted to its closing as yet another sentimental favorite with a killer burger and decent cocktails. Which, by most standards, would have been just dandy. But to dine at Hula Hands in its final m   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 CHRIS STAMM

Dish Review


Food Reviews & Stories
There’s something gently bullying about Irving Street Kitchen, as if it doesn’t quite trust you to be sufficiently engaging company. San Francisco restaurateurs Doug Washington and Steven and Mitchell Rosenthal have transformed the immense space formerly occupied by Bay 13 into a theater   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 CHRIS STAMM
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