Traveling the Oregon Trail By Mule in 2011

Books Rinker Buck is no stranger to flying by the seat of his pants—literally. In the summer of 1966, at age 15, Buck and his older brother Kern, 17, flew their father’s restored Piper Cub from New Jers ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by MATT BUCKINGHAM

Harper Lee's Racist New Book Shouldn't Destroy Your Love for Scout Finch

Books I first saw the movie To Kill a Mockingbird when I was 6 and have loved Scout Finch ever since. As a willful tomboy, she spoke to me like no other character ever had. When I was older and read Harper ... More

Jul 21, 2015 11:24 am by LIZZY ACKER

Ernest Cline, Armada

The Last Geekfighter.

Books Short of being abducted by a benevolent alien race to save the universe from imminent destruction, author Ernest Cline is living every geek’s ultimate fantasy. His best-selling debut novel, vi ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by PENELOPE BASS

Lidia Yuknavitch, The Small Backs of Children: Book Review

L’art pour l’art.

Books The plot of The Small Backs of Children (Harper, 240 pages, $24.99), by Portland indie darling Lidia Yuknavitch, is almost irrelevant. But here it is anyway: A writer gives up on life because of grief ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by LIZZY ACKER

Interview: Fred Pearce, The New Wild

An environmental journalist says we shouldn’t hate invasive species.

Books You might sit up late these hot summer nights, sweating over the influx of Californians on your block. But according to environmental journalist Fred Pearce’s latest book, The New Wild (Beacon Press ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by ALLIE DONAHUE

H.W. Brands, Reagan: The Life: Book Review

Another one for the Gipper.

Books Republicans deify him. The Tea Party tries to remake him in its own image. But as H.W. Brands reminds us in his new biography, Reagan: The Life (Doubleday, 816 pages, $35), not even Ronald Reagan ... More

Jun 10, 2015 12:01 am by MATT BUCKINGHAM

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

Jon Fine, Your Band Sucks

Our band could ruin your life.

Books It’s time to admit that punk rock failed. In terms of widespread cultural revolution, punk and its offspring now sit at the losers’ table with the hippies, watching as hip-hop and electronic ... More

Jun 3, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

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

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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