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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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