Jon Ronson, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

Everybody must get stoned.

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
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Mark Adams, Meet Me in Atlantis

Somewhere, beneath the sea…

Every clue to the final resting place of the lost city of Atlantis comes from a single, ancient source: the Greek philosopher Plato. And even he heard the story eighth-hand, passed down from a d   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Scott Timberg, Culture Crash

You’re Kanye or you’re no one.

Last November, Jack Conte of the California indie-pop duo Pomplamoose penned a blog post on the plight of the modern indie-rock band. “Being in an indie band,” Conte wrote, “is running a n   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Richard Ford, Let Me Be Frank With You

Hell and high wind.

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
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Charles D’Ambrosio, Loitering

Apocalypse redux.

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
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Bob Odenkirk, A Load of Hooey

Toilet-tank lit.

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
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

David Shafer, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Why is my webcam light on?

We all already know Google could own our asses. But any mention of this is usually greeted with the apathy of a depressed kidnap victim who couldn’t imagine why anybody would want him. Portland    More
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

William L. Sullivan, The Oregon Variations

Lost on a strange trail.

William L. Sullivan is an essential member of the Oregon literati, author of the most successful series of hiking guides in a state that loves to hike. Ask your friend with a bandanna-wearing yell   More
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 LAURA HANSON

Dan Barber, The Third Plate

The Barber of Blue Hill.

Every time someone tells me what I shouldn’t eat, I reach for the revolving lazy Susan. Far too often the food police are joyless scolds or dieters in disguise—people of the upper quartile w   More
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Peter McGraw & Joel Warner, The Humor Code

Spoiler alert: Comedy is funnier when you’re drunk!

A Venn diagram halfway through The Humor Code (Simon & Schuster, 212 pages, $26) merges a circle labeled “Time” and another labeled “$1,272.96 Bar Tab” with the label “Funny.” This   More
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 LAURA HANSON


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