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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

The Best Thing I Read This Year 2012

As told by WW editors and local authors.

Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver. This novel is such a good read, funny, generous, unpredictable, that it took me a while to realize how stunningly intelligent and brave it is. It talks ab   More
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 WW Staff

Karen Brooks’ Brutal Youth

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

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.

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

Lunch Pail Tales

Adult story time, with sandwiches.

Don’t worry, there aren’t any beanbag chairs, and these books of stories don’t have any pretty pictures. Lunch Pail Tales: A Story Hour for Grown-ups is exactly what it sounds like: an adult   More
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 MITCH LILLIE

Joe Biel, Beyond the Music

Like a long car ride with your Uncle Hank.

Punk zinester Joe Biel’s Powell’s chat will be a riot. Expect stories about cops breaking up fights outside house shows, roadies on endless tours and squatting mobs reclaiming abandoned homes   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 MITCH LILLIE

Judyth Vary Baker, Me & Lee

Love means never having to say you shot the president.

As the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination nears, in 2013, two out of three Americans still believe Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone in murdering the president. Judyth Vary    More
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Don’t be evil?

Author Robin Sloan’s paean to books—both digital and on paper—is filled with elements so plausible readers will want to Google them to see whether they’re real. And that’s fitting, bec   More
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 MATT BUCKINGHAM

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