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Chuck Palahniuk Damned

Butter rum Life Savers, and other visions of hell.


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As the setting for a Chuck Palahniuk novel, hell seems strangely overdue. The Portland-bred novelist specializes in damaged protagonists in vile scenarios—people well deserving of eternal damnati   More
 
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 MICHAEL LOPEZ

Susan Orlean Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

Susan Orlean’s new shaggy dog story.


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A more precise title for Susan Orlean’s new Rin Tin Tin book might have been The Lives and the Legend, seeing as the most cherished German shepherd in show business had at least 11 manifestations,   More
 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 AARON MESH

Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature

Steven Pinker says humanity is improving.


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One of the signal pleasures of a nostalgic soap opera like AMC’s Mad Men-—or, more recently, ABC’s Pan Am—is the consistent appeal of discovering that our predecessors’ morality is roundly   More
 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Vernor Vinge The Children Of The Sky

A Hugo Award-winning novelist goes to the dogs.


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Almost two decades have elapsed since Vernor Vinge won the Hugo Award for his epic 1992 space opera, A Fire Upon the Deep. Now he returns to Tines World with a sequel, The Children of the Sky (Tor, 4   More
 
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Q&A: Chuck Klosterman


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Interviewing Chuck Klosterman is an intensely meta experience. For one thing, he’s an interviewer of some renown himself: His profiles on everyone from Britney Spears to Billy Joel to Steve Nash    More
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER

Sebastian Barry On Canaan’s Side

Eighty-nine years of trans-Atlantic tragedy.


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Irish writer Sebastian Barry—twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, called by Salon “the best prose writer in the English language”—is one of the most ambitious writers today. His new b   More
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Neal Stephenson Reamde

Neal Stephenson writes another big black book.


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Neal Stephenson’s new novel is a departure from the epic science-fiction sagas with which he transformed the genre in the 1990s and 2000s. Like some of his previous books, Reamde (William Morrow,   More
 
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Time After Time

Our top picks for the second week of PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival.


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Mike Daisey, All the Hours in the DayMike Daisey is, at various times, an improvisational storyteller, a big-hearted observer, a lonely expositor of self or a sweat-drenched haranguer from the stage   More
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 WW Culture Staff

Shannon Wheeler Too Much Coffee Man Omnibus

A caffeinated portrait of the cartoonist as a young man.


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Like other iconic black-and-white comics characters with cult followings—Cerebus, Concrete, Zippy the Pin-head—Too Much Coffee Man is instantly identifiable but incredibly hard to define. In fac   More
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Time of Your Life

Our top picks for the first week of PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival.


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This Thursday marks the beginning of Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s ninth Time-Based Art Festival, a 10-day rush of dance, theater, comedy, music, film, visual art and other assorted w   More
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 WW Culture Staff
 

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