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Portland’s Slabtown

From Creek Bed to Dog Hotel.


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Slabtown is not a name that resonates gladly in the hearts of Realtors. Today, the moniker most often refers only to a thin patch of inassimilable real estate around the I-405 freeway overpass, a    More
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Anna Keesey, Little Century

Another century, another Oregon.


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Oregon-bound from her home in Chicago, Esther Chambers gets a hopeful impression of her soon-to-be home from a train conductor who describes it as an abundant garden shaded by trees so large you c   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 HALEY MARTIN

Jim Gavin, Middle Men

Major, you better have a look at this…


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Midway through this ticking time bomb of a short-story collection about the attempted middle class, a young screenwriter receives advice from a pal of his rich, lubricated uncle: “Get in good    More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 MARK CHRISTENSEN

Book Review: Tai Pei, by Tao Lin

Hit refresh again


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As you read Tao Lin’s latest novel, Taipei (Vintage Contemporaries, 250 pages, $14.95, ), you will know when a character leaves to go to the bathroom. You will know when a character goes to Ur   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 KAITIE TODD

Jon Mooallem, Wild Ones

Even more dead polar bears.


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The conservation of American wildlife is not a happy story. Well, not one Jon Mooallem would read his 2-year-old daughter before bedtime. His debut book, Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdl   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Larry Colton, Southern League

Jackie Robinson played for the Dodgers in 1947. Meanwhile, in Alabama...


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By all accounts, Birmingham, Ala., was the epicenter of the civil-rights movement of the ’60s. It was there that two of the most important moments in the fight surrounding segregation occurred:    More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Laurie Notaro, The Potty Mouth at the Table

Concerning all those hobos and foodies.


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What do you do about the hobos sleeping in the alley behind your house? It’s a very Portland problem, and one Eugene-based essayist Laurie Notaro tackles along with other uncomfortable moments o   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 KAITIE TODD

Gary Greenberg, The Book of Woe

Crazy for claims forms.


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As a defense mechanism, the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders was equal parts identification and repression. Having weathered a decade of attacks from the    More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

C.B. Bernard, Chasing Alaska

Dead polar bears everywhere.


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Anyone who has lost a weekend pursuing their heritage through the waggling leaves of Ancestry.com understands the dynamic driving C.B. Bernard’s Chasing Alaska: A Portrait of the Last Frontier T   More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Becky Ohlsen Walking Portland

Wheezing, drinking, learning.


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Becky Ohlsen’s Walking Portland keeps up a blistering pace through Portland’s gridded streets while stopping at every worthy watering hole and potential Instagram selfie backdrop along the way   More
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER
 

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