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William L. Sullivan, The Oregon Variations

Lost on a strange trail.


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William L. Sullivan is an essential member of the Oregon literati, author of the most successful series of hiking guides in a state that loves to hike. Ask your friend with a bandanna-wearing yell   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 LAURA HANSON

Are you there Judy? It’s me, Debbie.


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On June 16, literati the world over re-enact the plot of James Joyce’s Ulysses with pub crawls, marathon readings and Irish breakfasts. On June 17, former teenagers of Portland will have a simil   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Dan Barber, The Third Plate

The Barber of Blue Hill.


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Every time someone tells me what I shouldn’t eat, I reach for the revolving lazy Susan. Far too often the food police are joyless scolds or dieters in disguise—people of the upper quartile w   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

List: No Such Thing as “Out of E-Print”

Three things you should know about out-of-print books.


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This week, Portland authors Cheryl Strayed, Lidia Yuknavitch and Ursula K. Le Guin, plus Bitch Media Editor Kjerstin Johnson, will gather at the Powell’s in Beaverton to discuss their favorite   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 LAURA HANSON

Peter McGraw & Joel Warner, The Humor Code

Spoiler alert: Comedy is funnier when you’re drunk!


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A Venn diagram halfway through The Humor Code (Simon & Schuster, 212 pages, $26) merges a circle labeled “Time” and another labeled “$1,272.96 Bar Tab” with the label “Funny.” This   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 LAURA HANSON

Benjamin Ross, Dead End

Why the rent is 2 damn high.


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Your mom lives in a failed socialist experiment. At least she does if she’s out in the ’burbs, where covenants and zoning laws are mostly meant to stop low-class apartment dwellers or commer   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Charles R. Cross, Here We Are Now

Drawn into your magnet tar-pit trap.


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In the 20 years since Kurt Cobain took his own life…an unbearable number of people (about 2 million, according to Google) have headed think pieces about the addled rock star’s legacy with some   More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Hannah Kent, Burial Rites

A sentence of sorts in Kornsá.


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Burial Rites (Back Bay Books, 311 pages, $15) is a fictional reimagining of the life of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, a farmhand who awaits execution for murdering her employer in 19th-century Iceland   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 LAURA HANSON

Hotseat: Julia Cooke, The Other Side of Paradise


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Cuba is the great unknown in America’s backyard, embargoed from both trade and direct travel. But during visits between 2008 and 2013, Portland-raised writer Julia Cooke talked to Havana’s p   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Brian Doyle, The Plover

At sea.


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Mink River, the 2010 novel by University of Portland professor Brian Doyle, ends with protagonist Declan O’Donnell sailing away into vast sea. Four years later, O’Donnell is back in Doyle’   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 KATHRYN PEIFER
 

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