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Sam Lipsyte, The Fun Parts

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

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


Better Homes and Grey Gardens.

For all the tears shed over the withering magazine industry, certain niche periodicals have actually thrived. Design-oriented mags require the printed page for best effect, foodies aren’t yet    More
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 JAY HORTON

Angélica Gorodischer, Trafalgar

Oregonians cry for you, Argentina.

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.

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

Sonja Lyubomirsky, The Myths of Happiness


There is suffering in the well-appointed kitchens and cozy dens of the American middle class. The Myths of Happiness, a new book by Sonja Lyubomirsky, seeks to address the malaise we feel when we’re   More
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 STEPHANIE CZEKALINSKI

Barney Blalock, Portland’s Lost Waterfront

What do you do with a drunken sailor?

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

Trevor Aaronson, The Terror Factory

Are they terrorists or just lonely fools?

The Justice Department has prosecuted more than 500 terrorism defendants since 9/11. On its face, that statistic seems to show the federal government is doing its level best to keep us safe. But   More
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 STEPHANIE CZEKALINSKI

Clear the Bar

Portland author Patrick deWitt got his break through free drinks.

Before he made it to Portland, novelist Patrick deWitt tried to leave Los Angeles six times. Six times he swore he was bailing for good. Six times he was sucked back into the city’s black hole.    More
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 BEN BISHOP

Nicole J. Georges, Calling Dr. Laura

An ambitious memoir from a twee local zinester.

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

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