TOME RAIDER: Starving, Hysterical, Misplaced...Researcher at Reed College Unearths Earliest Recording of Ginsberg's "Howl"


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In February 1956, a fidgety Allen Ginsberg stood up to read from a manuscript of Howl at a poetry event in the Anna Mann dormitory lounge at Reed College. Until recently, knowledge of the event had survived only anecdotally. Ginsberg read alongside Gary Snyder, a longtime friend and fellow beat poet with whom he had been hitchhiking for three weeks. But Ginsberg, who had not yet given his ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

TOME RAIDER: The Rules of Deception


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Each Sunday, WW writer John Minervini will bring you the latest in book reviews, author Q&A's, and Portland literary gossip. Six-word Summary: Heroic Doc, Loaded Glock, Ticking Clock Viva beach reading! Thanks to summer spy novels, even the most listless reader can hijack a police car or outski an avalanche, all from the comfort of his terrycloth towel. No moral? No aftertaste? No ...   More
 
Sunday, July 20, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

TOME RAIDER: All About Lulu


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Every Sunday, WW writer John Minervini brings you the latest in book reviews, author Q&A's and Portland literary gossip. Click here to join the Tome Raider mailing list. Six-word Summary: Quirk for quirk's sake? I'll pass. There is a frustrating tendency in contemporary American fiction to use quirk as a cure-all. Having trouble developing your characters? Give them strange idiosyncrasies. ...   More
 
Sunday, July 27, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

TOME RAIDER: Q&A with Jonathan Evison


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Every Sunday, WW writer John Minervini brings you the latest in book reviews, author Q&A's and Portland literary gossip. Click here to join the Tome Raider mailing list. Q&A with All About Lulu author Jonathan Evison What do you do when your one true love also happens to be your stepsister? That's the problem faced by Will Miller, protagonist and frequent narrator of All About Lulu (Soft ...   More
 
Sunday, August 3, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

TOME RAIDER: Babylon Rolling


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Every Sunday, WW writer John Minervini brings you the latest in book reviews, author Q&A's and Portland literary gossip. Click here to join the Tome Raider mailing list. Six-Word Summary: Gomorrah never had it this good Forget the setting: in Babylon Rolling (Pantheon, 301 pages, $23.95), New Orleans is the protagonist. Slowly, silently, the Big Easy drives us mad with imaginary moths ...   More
 
Sunday, August 10, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

TOME RAIDER: Nothing to Be Frightened Of


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Every Sunday, WW writer John Minervini brings you the latest in book reviews, author Q&A's and Portland literary gossip. Click here to join the Tome Raider mailing list. Six-Word Summary: Happily Agnostic Brit Contemplates Own Death Before we get going this week, why don't I play some music to set the mood? Let's see—let me just flick through my iPod for a moment—yes, ...   More
 
Sunday, August 31, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

TOME RAIDER: Inside Powell's Rare Book Room


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Every Sunday, WW writer John Minervini brings you the latest in book reviews, author Q&A's and Portland literary gossip. Click here to join the Tome Raider mailing list. Inside Powell's Rare Book Room Face it: you're loaded. Flush. Filthy-stinkin', chihuaha-totin', get-me-my-daiquiri-because-you-know-what?-I'm-rich, rich. What's a soup kitchen? Who cares! You've got more money than ...   More
 
Sunday, August 24, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

TOME RAIDER: Q&A with Amanda Boyden


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How do you get New Orleans down on paper? One might as well ask, with the nuns at Nomberg Abbey, how do you find a cloud and pin it down? In real life, it takes twin catastrophes like Hurricane Katrina and the failure of the federal levies to get the entire city moving in one direction. As an artist's object, the Big Easy defies description. Most of the time, that is. Author Amanda Boyden ...   More
 
Sunday, August 17, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

TOME RAIDER CLASSIC: The Magic Mountain


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Every now and then, WW writer John Minervini takes a break from breathlessly current book reviews, author Q&A's, and literary gossip to read something a little…older. Why not? After all, it's cheaper than TV. Click here to join the Tome Raider mailing list. Six-word Summary: Whatever Happens, Don't Mention the War Are you interested in how people allow themselves to be duped ...   More
 
Sunday, September 7, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

TOME RAIDER: 2008 Oregon Book Award Finalists Announced


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Today, Literary Arts announced the finalists for the 2008 Oregon Book Awards (OBA's). Winners will be announced in conjunction with Wordstock at a ceremony on Sunday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fields Ballroom at the Portland Art Museum. Click here to get your tickets. Now you know all the important stuff. But since you're here anyway, why not join me and engage in a little shameless ...   More
 
Monday, September 8, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

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