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
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
He’s a Good, uh, house. Mighty, mighty, just lettin’ it all hang out...
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
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
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
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
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
The Baffler editor says Portlanders should pack their bags.
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
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
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
A self-taught poet learned to write at the public library and in the aisles of Powell’s Books.
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
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