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Michael Pollan

Post-Omnivore’s Dilemma, the doomsday prophet of the U.S. diet lets us know what we can eat.

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Michael Pollan has been a household name in Portland ever since the city took The Omnivore’s Dilemma , his 2006 expose of America’s agricultural-industrial complex, to our collective heart ...   More
Wednesday, February 6, 2008 BEN WATERHOUSE

James O’Dea

This man’s advice: Forgive, relax, live longer.

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James O’Dea seems a man of many faiths—a saner sort of mystic who tends to pass off the elusiveness of his beliefs as evidence of his openmindedness. He’s landing in Portland this we ...   More
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 Jeremy Gillick

Craig Marquardo

Can Portland trust this singer, war hero, journalist, baseball savior and magazine owner?

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Craig Marquardo’s name is mud. The 35-year-old East Coast native is locally notorious thanks to a slew of hard-to-believe—and hard to verify—claims he’s made over the years: he ...   More
Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Amy Mccullough

Guillermo Arriaga

It’s not his fault Portland looks rainy and cold in the movies.

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It was a circuitous, conflict-ridden journey that brought Guillermo Arriaga from Mexico City to Portland—which is appropriate, considering his writing. The screenwriter of Amores Perros , 21 Gra ...   More
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 AARON MESH

Laura Ireland Moore

A local animal-law activist on medical research, having a pet and whether the Inuit should be allowed to hunt.

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Laura Ireland Moore has been fighting for animals ever since she founded an animal rights group while attending junior high in La Grange, Ill. A vegan by age 16, Moore got her degree in environmental ...   More
Wednesday, January 9, 2008 Jeremy Gillick

Corinne Atlas

Ponies and bugs declare war on terror.

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For over a year now, Corinne Atlas has been preparing for work by pulling on an oversized bug costume. It could be worse—she could have a tail. Since October 2006, Atlas, as “Ladybug,&rdqu ...   More
Wednesday, January 9, 2008 Jonah Sandford

Sohrab Vossoughi

The globally known design consultant schools PDX.

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“It was exciting to be able to give something back to society that meant something,” exclaimed Sohrab Vossoughi. Judging by his enthusiasm, you’d think the amiable 50-year-old was ta ...   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2007 Mike Thelin

Washington County Peak Oil Reading Group

A bunch of neighbors in the ’burbs have the peak-oil book market cornered.

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When the global oil supply dries up, Donna Maebori, 56, and Peter Lunsford, 49, will be ready. Or, at least they’ll be well-read. This pair of suburbanites are the founders of the Washington Co ...   More
Wednesday, December 5, 2007 Paige Richmond

Darius Rejali

Portland-based expert on state-sponsored torture answers some painful questions.

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Darius M. Rejali became an internationally recognized expert on torture and interrogation in part due to his childhood growing up under an authoritarian regime in Iran, and the personal revelations th ...   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 Lawrence J. Maushard

X-tian Gunther

A Seattle convert diagnoses Portland’s ills after leaving our fair city.

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New York native Christian Gunther is a consummate member of the “creative class” that some economists hope will save American cities like Portland from post-industrial rot. Gunther moved h ...   More
Wednesday, November 21, 2007 COREY PEIN
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