Hotseat: Joshua P. Howe, Behind the Curve

Analyzing the environmental movement’s game tape.

Books Joshua P. Howe says he tries to approach the problems of climate change like a football coach. “I think about a guy like Pete Carroll,” says Howe, a professor of environmental studies and hi ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Book Review: Brian Yaeger, Oregon Breweries

Yaeger’s shot.

Books You can write only so many guidebooks to Stonehenge or Machu Picchu, which have remained unchanged for centuries if not millennia, surviving societal collapse and U.S.-backed military coups. A ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Peyton Marshall, Goodhouse

He’s a Good, uh, house. Mighty, mighty, just lettin’ it all hang out...

Books At first glance, Portland author Peyton Marshall’s Goodhouse (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 336 pages, $26) might seem a little familiar. Much like the Colbert-boosted California, by Edan Lepucki, ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Richard Ford, Let Me Be Frank With You

Hell and high wind.

Books Perhaps it’s inevitable that any attempt at the Great American Novel written today would end in ruins. Like John Updike’s Rabbit series, Richard Ford’s four Frank Bascombe books have been on ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Charles D’Ambrosio, Loitering

Apocalypse redux.

Books Orphans was orphaned from the start—a prescient name, perhaps. The 2005 essay collection from renowned Portland fiction writer Charles D'Ambrosio was known to few and found by far fewer, a limited ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Bob Odenkirk, A Load of Hooey

Toilet-tank lit.

Books Bob Odenkirk’s A Load of Hooey (McSweeney’s, 112 pages, $20) begins with a warning from one of its many satirical characters, a charm-school marm: Don’t read this book while you poop. Wr ... More

Oct 22, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Faceoff: Girls vs. Portlandia

Another article about Girls. Sorry.

Books We’re going to talk about Girls. It’s not like we want to. But Lena Dunham, creator and star of the HBO series, will be in town Sunday to promote her new book, Not That Kind of Girl (Random Ho ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Hotseat: John Summers

The Baffler editor says Portlanders should pack their bags.

Books Back in the ’90s, Thomas Frank’s Baffler magazine was a cleansing hatebath lampooning both capitalist doublespeak and squishy liberalism, the rare publication to be both smart and funny amid ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

John Darnielle, Wolf in White Van

Finish or die trying.

Books When a guy writes a love song that ends, “I hope you die, I hope we both die,” and shoots a music video with blood dripping from a bullet wound in his temple, you know his first novel isn’ ... More

Oct 1, 2014 12:01 am by MATT BUCKINGHAM

Hotseat: Erika T. Wurth

Books Erika T. Wurth is Apache, Chickasaw and Cherokee, but she did not grow up on a reservation. She was raised in a culturally mixed Denver suburb, where she witnessed both the stereotypes and bea ... More

Oct 1, 2014 12:01 am by PENELOPE BASS

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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