Vote: Is Tom Bissell Really Portland's Best Writer?

bissell at home

Arts & Books
A healthy debate is percolating in response to my profile of Tom Bissell, bandying whether he really is the finest writer in Portland. I contend he is. (Commenter Dan Felder sagely notes that Bissell is a Guggenheim Fellow; he's using the estimated $43,000 prize to finish his apostle-tomb book Bones That Shine Like Fire.) But there are lots of alternatives; as soon as I handed Bissell those laurels, ...   More
Thursday, September 22, 2011 by Aaron Mesh

Matthew Stadler, Chloe Jarren’s La Cucaracha

It ain’t the same old song.

Cover songs are, of course, more than familiar—usually it’s the first step to becoming a musician at all. Chloe Jarren’s La Cucaracha (Publication Studio, 296 pages, $20)   More
Friday, February 25, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE


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