Nick Jaina, Get It While You Can

Suffering, and reflecting, in silence.

Books Nick Jaina is not famous. Far from it, really. But the question of what it means to be an artist—and how much pain you’re willing to endure to pursue your art in the quest for something grea ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Patton Oswalt, Silver Screen Fiend

The old fantasy about shovel-murdering George Lucas.

Books There’s a bit in Patton Oswalt’s 2007 standup record, Werewolves and Lollipops, where he says his “geekiness is getting in the way of his nerdiness.” To casual fans who came Oswalt’s way v ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Kelly Sue DeConnick, Bitch Planet

Planets are the new prisons.

Books Bitch Planet is an uncomfortable title to ask for over the phone, given that 50 percent of it is an insult fortified by a millennia of sexism. But for the new Image Comics series, written by P ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Frank Portman, King Dork Approximately

Who wrote Holden Caulfield?

Books When it comes to peddling teen angst, few writers of young adult fiction have the qualifications of Frank Portman. With 30 years of fronting Berkeley pop-punk band the Mr. T Experience under his ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Best Thing I Read

Favorite books read in 2014 by some of our favorite local writers.

Books The Wilds by Julia Elliott: a very well-written book of short stories that are creepy and weird in the good way. In the title story, a girl wearing a homemade crown of bird skulls tells of getti ... More

Dec 24, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

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

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

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

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

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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