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Portland Fall Arts Guide 2012: Pearls After a Lazy Lunch

How will an Oregon Symphony violinist do as a downtown busker?


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It’s just after noon on a gorgeous late summer Friday at Pioneer Courthouse Square, and one of the best and most versatile violinists on the West Coast is getting ready to do some busking. Dre   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 BRETT CAMPBELL

Rose City Comic-Con

Can Portland build a con to rival the mighty Emerald City?


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Stumptown, Kumoricon, Wonder Northwest, OryCon-—does Portland really need another geek convention?  Ron Brister sure thinks so, and he says he’s got the numbers to prove it. The first Ros   More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Cuppa Things to Consider

Five things you didn’t know about Portland coffee.


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I spent six months traveling the West Coast interviewing coffee roasters for my new book, Left Coast Roast (Timber Press, 296 pages, $16.95). I learned some interesting things. Among them: Stumpto   More
 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 HANNA NEUSCHWANDER

Jenny Lawson, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

I can has book deal?


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Dangerous things happen when bloggers get book deals. Yes, there are remarkably talented writers out there offering socially relevant content in blog form. But the blogosphere is a different sort    More
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Tim Kreider, We Learn Nothing

Unexpected nuance from a firebrand cartoonist.


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Political cartoons are drawn in stark black-and-white, snapshots that leave little room for nuance. As a political cartoonist, Tim Kreider was limited by the speech bubbles, but his collection of    More
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 KIMBERLY HURSH

Karen Thompson Walker, The Age of Miracles

What if the world stopped turning?


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For melodramatic adolescents, every little thing that goes wrong feels like the end of the world. For Julia, the tween protagonist of The Age of Miracles, this actually is the case. The debut no   More
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Jesse Bering, Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?

Also, why do people eat other people?


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As its provocative title suggests, Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? (Scientific American, 320 pages, $16) is a book unafraid of topics most of us don’t typically have the balls to bring up. It   More
 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 KIMBERLY HURSH

Jess Walter, Beautiful Ruins

Love letters to Cleo.


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In 1962, 20th Century Fox made a movie that almost bankrupted the studio and changed Hollywood forever. The epic Cleopatra was shot on location in Italy and Egypt at a cost of more than $40 mill   More
 
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Sheila Heti, How Should a Person Be?

But what about me?


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In How Should a Person Be? (Henry Holt, 306 pages, $16.50), the narrator, Sheila, not yet 30 and fresh from a failed marriage, struggles to write a play about women as she drifts lethargically a   More
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 KIMBERLY HURSH

Peter Zuckerman, Amanda Padoan, Buried in the Sky

The real heroes.


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There are a lot of books about mountaineering disasters, but few center on people with stories like Chhiring Sherpa’s. Buried in the Sky (W.W. Norton & Company, 304 pages, $26.95) is Peter Zuc   More
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT
 

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