Sam Lipsyte, The Fun Parts


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Sam Lipsyte chortlingly revels in the warty and the ruined of America, the wounded strivers who live in the world of spit, shit and piss. He’s also an unrepentant self-amuser prone to the lite   More
 
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Mayer-Schönberger & Cukier, Big Data


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You don’t need a sophisticated algorithm or large database to calculate how many pennants (zero) that Billy “Moneyball” Beane has won in 15 years running the Oakland Athletics. But even if   More
 
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Angélica Gorodischer, Trafalgar

Oregonians cry for you, Argentina.


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Literature is the natural home of the impossible. But far too often the impossible is spurned in favor of the prosaic, as if truth dressed itself only in flannel. Argentine fiction, from Borge   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Mary Szybist, Incarnadine

To: Donkey Sanctuary. Re: What I want.


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Even for avid readers of all genres, poetry can sometimes feel a bit…unapproachable. But the poems of Portland-based writer Mary Szybist read more like a letter from an old friend, familiar an   More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 PENELOPE BASS

Barney Blalock, Portland’s Lost Waterfront

What do you do with a drunken sailor?


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Of course you’ve heard the stories of victims disappearing in the night. Drunken and drugged tourists shipped through Portland’s vast network of turn-of-the-century Shanghai tunnels and sent a   More
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Nicole J. Georges, Calling Dr. Laura

An ambitious memoir from a twee local zinester.


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Zinester and pet portraitist Nicole J. Georges has juicy secrets. The knowing-your-mother’s-lying-to-you kind. The living-queer-but-keeping-your-family-in-the-closet kind. She’s shared some    More
 
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Karen Brooks’ Brutal Youth

The Mighty Gastropolis author wasn’t always such a Portland cheerleader.


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Karen Brooks’ new Portland-dining book, The Mighty Gastropolis (Chronicle, 256 pages, $24.95), is a torrid love affair with Portland   More
 
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Zadie Smith, NW

Taking the Northwest London passage.


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With each new novel, acclaimed British author Zadie Smith seems as if she’s reacting violently against the one before it. After the exuberant prose and plot of her sprawling, Rushdian debut, W   More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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