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Sam Quinones, Dreamland: Book Review

A nation nods off.


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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
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 AARON MESH

Hotseat: T.C. Boyle

The prolific novelist talks up gun violence and the rule of law.


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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
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 PENELOPE BASS

Jon Ronson, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

Everybody must get stoned.


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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

J.C. Hallman, B & Me

Putting the need back in reading.


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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
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Paige McKenzie, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

Literally!


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Paige McKenzie is an Internet juggernaut. The 20-year-old, who lives in rural Oregon about an hour outside Portland, is the face of a YouTube channel that boasts more than 120 million page vie   More
 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON

Smith Henderson, Fourth of July Creek

More live in heartbreak.


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Cheryl Strayed got the fancy movie premiere. Chuck Palahniuk gets the comic book. But probably the most significant book to come from a Portland writer in the past year is Smith Henderson’s Fo   More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Mark Adams, Meet Me in Atlantis

Somewhere, beneath the sea…


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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.


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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

Mitchell S. Jackson, The Residue Years

Portland had a crack epidemic, too.


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When picking a backdrop for tales of inner-city struggle, authors often end up in New York or Chicago. For his debut novel, The Residue Years (Bloomsbury, 352 pages, $17), which is set amid the mi   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 CURTIS COOK

Nick Jaina, Get It While You Can

Suffering, and reflecting, in silence.


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Nick Jaina is not famous. Far from it, really. But the question of what it means to be an artist—and how much pain you’re willing to endure to pursue your art in the quest for something grea   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER
 

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