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Favorite books read in 2014 by some of our favorite local writers.

The Wilds by Julia Elliott: a very well-written book of short stories that are creepy and weird in the good way. In the title story, a girl wearing a homemade crown of bird skulls tells of getti   More
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 WW Culture Staff

Hotseat: Joshua P. Howe, Behind the Curve

Analyzing the environmental movement’s game tape.

Joshua P. Howe says he tries to approach the problems of climate change like a football coach. “I think about a guy like Pete Carroll,” says Howe, a professor of environmental studies and hi   More
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Book Review: Brian Yaeger, Oregon Breweries

Yaeger’s shot.

You can write only so many guidebooks to Stonehenge or Machu Picchu, which have remained unchanged for centuries if not millennia, surviving societal collapse and U.S.-backed military coups. A   More
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Peyton Marshall, Goodhouse

He’s a Good, uh, house. Mighty, mighty, just lettin’ it all hang out...

At first glance, Portland author Peyton Marshall’s Goodhouse (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 336 pages, $26) might seem a little familiar. Much like the Colbert-boosted California, by Edan Lepucki,    More
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Richard Ford, Let Me Be Frank With You

Hell and high wind.

Perhaps it’s inevitable that any attempt at the Great American Novel written today would end in ruins. Like John Updike’s Rabbit series, Richard Ford’s four Frank Bascombe books have been on   More
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Charles D’Ambrosio, Loitering

Apocalypse redux.

Orphans was orphaned from the start—a prescient name, perhaps. The 2005 essay collection from renowned Portland fiction writer Charles D'Ambrosio was known to few and found by far fewer, a limited    More
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Bob Odenkirk, A Load of Hooey

Toilet-tank lit.

Bob Odenkirk’s A Load of Hooey (McSweeney’s, 112 pages, $20) begins with a warning from one of its many satirical characters, a charm-school marm: Don’t read this book while you poop. Wr   More
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Faceoff: Girls vs. Portlandia

Another article about Girls. Sorry.

We’re going to talk about Girls. It’s not like we want to. But Lena Dunham, creator and star of the HBO series, will be in town Sunday to promote her new book, Not That Kind of Girl (Random Ho   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Hotseat: John Summers

The Baffler editor says Portlanders should pack their bags.

Back in the ’90s, Thomas Frank’s Baffler magazine was a cleansing hatebath lampooning both capitalist doublespeak and squishy liberalism, the rare publication to be both smart and funny amid    More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Hotseat: Erika T. Wurth

Erika T. Wurth is Apache, Chickasaw and Cherokee, but she did not grow up on a reservation. She was raised in a culturally mixed Denver suburb, where she witnessed both the stereotypes and bea   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 PENELOPE BASS
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