Greg Rucka and Justin Greenwood, Stumptown, Vol. 3

Books Forget what Portlandia or Portland Monthly would have you believe. Scratch the skin of this town and you come up with dirt under your fingernails—theft rings under bridges, child prostitutio ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Jeremy Robert Johnson, Skullcrack City

Hex and violence.

Books Jeremy Robert Johnson is a madman. As poster boy for the locally driven Bizarro fiction movement, he’s spent years combating adherence to a single genre, with several collections of violent, d ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by NATHAN CARSON

Michaelangelo Matos, The Underground Is Massive: Book Review

Books It’s right on the damn cover: “EDM,” highlighted in the divisive and corporate genre tag’s unofficial color, hot pink. Considering the inside pages, the placement of that term on the cov ... More

Apr 29, 2015 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

Sam Quinones, Dreamland: Book Review

A nation nods off.

Books In March of 2013, WW ran a cover story titled “Who Wants to Save a Junkie?” It described a drug, Narcan, that could snap users out of heroin overdoses. By then, American OD deaths from opi ... More

Apr 22, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Hotseat: T.C. Boyle

The prolific novelist talks up gun violence and the rule of law.

Books T.C. Boyle may very well be the master of topical literature. Told through expertly crafted prose, his novels manage to delicately dissect issues like illegal immigration (1995’s The Tortilla ... More

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by PENELOPE BASS

Jon Ronson, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

Everybody must get stoned.

Books On Dec. 20, 2013, Justine Sacco, a PR rep for Tinder parent company IAC, tweeted a very poorly received joke: “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” By th ... More

Apr 8, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Paige McKenzie, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl


Books Paige McKenzie is an Internet juggernaut. The 20-year-old, who lives in rural Oregon about an hour outside Portland, is the face of a YouTube channel that boasts more than 120 million page vie ... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

J.C. Hallman, B & Me

Putting the need back in reading.

Books J.C. Hallman thinks book culture has been ruined by the academics. In part, this is because they take the human element out of reading. His new book, B & Me, is a high-stakes gambit, inter ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Smith Henderson, Fourth of July Creek

More live in heartbreak.

Books Cheryl Strayed got the fancy movie premiere. Chuck Palahniuk gets the comic book. But probably the most significant book to come from a Portland writer in the past year is Smith Henderson’s Fo ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Mark Adams, Meet Me in Atlantis

Somewhere, beneath the sea…

Books Every clue to the final resting place of the lost city of Atlantis comes from a single, ancient source: the Greek philosopher Plato. And even he heard the story eighth-hand, passed down from a d ... More

Mar 11, 2015 12:01 am by MATT BUCKINGHAM

Poet Carl Adamshick

A self-taught poet learned to write at the public library and in the aisles of Powell’s Books.

Fall Arts Hundreds of thousands of words have been written about love. Letters, books, plays, songs, movies and certainly poems have all been patched into shapes that try to tell us how love feels. Some s ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by PENELOPE BASS

Portland Fall Book Picks

Fall Arts James Ellroy James Ellroy’s novels inhabit a nostalgic zone, where women are dames and cops throw back whiskey to take the edge off after a day at a grisly crime scene. His “L.A. Quartet”�� ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by PENELOPE BASS

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