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Hotseat: William T. Vollmann

Suspected Unabomber/National Book Award-winning novelist on Big Brother’s incompetence.

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As a journalist, William T. Vollmann has traveled with the anti-Soviet mujahideen in Afghanistan. He has lived for a year as a homeless rail-jumper, smoked crack and frequented prostitutes. He    More
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Hotseat: Mike Daisey

The controversy-courting monologuist professes love for an industry that has savaged him.

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Mike Daisey is sucking up to the industry that pilloried him. After it emerged that he’d lied in an episode of This American Life about Apple’s factories in China, journalists raked Daisey over th   More
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Fable Master

Bill Willingham modernized fairy tales before modernizing fairy tales was cool.

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What if the Big Bad Wolf gave up chasing Little Red Riding Hood to take up yoga and become a clocksmith? He has, of course, on NBC’s Portland-filmed TV series, Grimm. Meanwhile, on ABC’s Once    More
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 KAITIE TODD

Hotseat: Wil Wheaton

The iconic geek talks about tabletop gaming and the merits of being a douchebag.

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There was a time when Wil Wheaton was best known as a Teen Beat heartthrob and worst as "that annoying kid from Star Trek." Though he would forever be Gordie Lachance in our moss-encrusted Oregon hearts   More
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 RUTH BROWN

Hotseat: Jinkx Monsoon

Meet the Pacific Northwest’s first contestant on the American Idol of drag.

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Snatching a spot on RuPaul’s Drag Race is the quickest way for a drag queen to make it big, and the show’s newest season features its first contestant from the Pacific Northwest: Jinkx Monso   More
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Hotseat: Julia Sweeney

The actress best known as SNL’s Pat on why atheists should still pray with their parents.

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Portland is officially the least religious city in the country, according to a recent study. So it’s fitting that the largest atheist organization in the country, the...   More
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 AARON SPENCER

Hotseat: Ramez Naam

Better living through biotechnology.

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Ramez Naam wants to build a better human. Formerly a program manager at Microsoft, Naam is a “transhumanist”: someone who believes humanity can and should be improved through biotechnology.    More
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Hotseat: Sharon Needles

Meet the dark, spooky future of drag.

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Sharon Needles is more Marilyn Manson than Monroe. Drag’s biggest name at the moment, Needles shocks by taking her characters to dark places rather than glamorous ones. For example, she won her    More
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 AARON SPENCER

Hotseat: Joyce Goodman

Becoming Rose Festival royalty ain’t what it used to be. Joyce Goodman knows how to fix that.

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In Joyce Goodman’s day, every girl in Portland dreamed of being crowned queen of the Rose Festival. That...
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Hotseat: Annie Sprinkle

Have a sexy Earth Day.

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Tree-humping dendrophiliacs aside, few interpret the mantra “Love the Earth” literally. Leave it to Annie Sprinkle, the porn star-turned-performance artist, to take it as far as anyone. Best   More
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 PENELOPE BASS
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