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Michael Orr, The 1975 Portland Timbers

Ouch, my groin.


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It seems like no one played soccer in Portland before 1975. The next year, kids crowded parks and fields to try this undiscovered sport. My middle school was unprepared for the onslaught. “We    More
 
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 BRENT WALTH

Mattilda Sycamore, Why Are Faggots So Afraid Of Faggots?

Queering consumerist culture.


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Some gay people prefer to be called faggots. Well, let me rephrase that—some queers prefer to be called faggots. The word “faggot,” much like “queer,” has been reappropriated as a word o   More
 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 AARON SPENCER

The New Hate, Arthur Goldwag

Haters gonna hate.


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We love to hate. Reality television aside, few arenas highlight our hatred better than politics. In the 1800 presidential election, Thomas Jefferson’s campaign called John Adams “a hideous h   More
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Ben Marcus The Flame Alphabet

Children should be seen and not heard.


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My favorite short story of last year was a New Yorker piece by Ben Marcus, “What Have You Done?,” that never answered its title question. It related the homecoming of a 40-year-old man who t   More
 
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 AARON MESH

Honey Badger Don’t Care

Ew, this book is nasty. Randall don’t give a shit.


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The Honey Badger is a tenacious beast indeed. The meme, originated in a YouTube video that channeled the Crocodile Hunter through South Park’s Big Gay Al, has spread like germs in a grade-scho   More
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 EMILEE BOOHER

Crazy Enough, Storm Large


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Storm Large is not a stranger to anyone with tenure in Portland’s music and arts scene. Her new memoir, Crazy Enough (Free Press, 288 pages, $25), painstakingly details how Large came to be the    More
 
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 MICHAEL LOPEZ

Book Review: Glaciers

Memories, like corner thrift-store finds.


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Book-loving, twentysomething thrift-store shoppers will find local author Alexis Smith’s Glaciers at home in their hands. Smith’s debut novel’s main character, Isabel, is the epitome of the    More
 
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 EMILEE BOOHER

Top 10 Local Books From 2011


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Portland is a city of writers and readers. It’s sometimes overwhelming how much talent we’ve got crammed into this town. To wrap up 2011, I thought I’d offer a list of 10 very notable titles   More
 
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 MARIANNA HANE WILES

How Georgia Became O’Keeffe

Not to mention how Karen became Karbo.


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Bookstores already dedicate whole shelves to Georgia O’Keeffe. That didn’t stop Portland author Karen Karbo from adding one more book, How Georgia Became O’Keeffe: Lessons on the Art of Livi   More
 
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 EMILEE BOOHER

Queen of America

A Mexican faith healer rules in the EE.UU.


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Luis Alberto Urrea spent some 26 years on Queen of America (Little, Brown and Company, 496 pages, $25.99). The novel is understandably precious to the Mexican-American author as it borrows heavi   More
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 MICHAEL LOPEZ
 

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