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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

Todd Grimson, Stabs at Happiness

Tell the creeps to come and get her.

The title story of Todd Grimson’s new collection, Stabs at Happiness (Schaffner Press, 216 pages, $24.95), is made almost literal: It recounts an art-punk lesbian—Wavves’ “Surf Goths” on   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Weekend Reading

Wordstock authors on sex, dystopia and Fifty Shades of Grey.

Portland’s annual literary festival, Wordstock, is back and it’s…roughly the same size as ever. For two days, the hallowed halls of the Oregon Convention Center will play host to some 200 vi   More
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Jeff Parker and Erika Moen, Bucko

The director’s cut.

In the age of DVRs, Hulu, Netflix, iTunes and, let’s be honest, BitTorrent, there’s very little reason to buy DVDs of movies and TV shows—unless they come packed with extras. That’s the at   More
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Caleb Scharf, Gravity’s Engines

A Columbia astronomer blows bubbles.

From what sounds like static, astronomers can discern an image of the entire universe. Explaining how they pull off this trick is the job of writers like Caleb Scharf, director of astrobiology a   More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Portland Fall Arts Guide 2012: Dancing In the Dark

With apologies to Julia Stiles, Oregon Ballet dancers go clubbin’.

No one is dancing when I arrive at Jones. I’m here to meet Oregon Ballet Theatre dancers Olga Krochik and Lucas Threefoot and their friends, ostensibly for a night on the town. But it’s early    More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 HEATHER WISNER

Portland Fall Arts Guide 2012: Words to the Wolves

What happens when a best-selling author joins an amateur writers’ group?

I have read Harry Potter erotica. Sometimes, life is like that. One moment, you’re getting ready to read what you think will be a fun short story about a magic girl and boy, and in the next, Gin   More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 LAURIE NOTARO

Portland Fall Arts Guide 2012: Different Thursdays

Tom Cramer takes his work from the Pearl to Alberta.

The Willamette River divides Portland’s art scene. Tony galleries in the Pearl District and Northwest exude First Thursday hauteur, while street artists turn Northeast Alberta Street into a fr   More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

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