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Summer Reading

Tin House's second summer lit gathering is a great way of catching up on your reading.

"I have a veiled romantic side that sometimes leaks out like urine," poet Mark Strand announced. The reading at Reed College by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, whose words were accompanied by the odd ...   More
Wednesday, July 14, 2004 Steffen Silvis

Lit Service

Portland Arts & Lectures brings literature to a different stage with Verb.

Not content with just bringing leading writers to town, festooning public transport with poetry or constructing writing workshops in Portland schools, Portland Arts & Lectures is now launching a n ...   More
Wednesday, July 7, 2004 Steffen Silvis

She Wrote/He Wrote

Bill Clinton's My Life could have learned a few lessons from Hillary's Living History.

Fated to be the other's bookend, Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton each now has an autobiography to wedge between them, though these books, Living History and My Life, could also serve as matching booke ...   More
Wednesday, June 30, 2004 Steffen Silvis

The Big Cast Party

The Drammy Awards' 25th anniversary party was nearly a cast of thousands.

Awards ceremonies are all alike at base. There are the insiderish jibes and jokes, the forced bonhomie and backslapped greetings, the odd unsteady presenter and failed attempts at humor and modesty fr ...   More
Wednesday, June 16, 2004 Steffen Silvis



Special Section Stories
Is there anything dearer to a queen's heart than a bit of Broadway belting and West End melodic wistfulness? Yet surprisingly, the Musical, long province of queer culture, also appeals to many humdrum ...   More
Wednesday, June 16, 2004 Steffen Silvis

The Winners Circle

The Drammy Awards (a.k.a. the Willies) hit their 25th year of celebrating the best of Portland theater.

One hundred people gathered at the Mallory Hotel on Tuesday, May 22, 1979, for the first Willie Awards, which were developed by Willamette Week to honor excellence in the Portland theater community. T ...   More
Wednesday, June 9, 2004 Steffen Silvis

House Swallowed

Local playwright Joseph Fisher builds upon Carlo Goldoni's La Casa Nova.

Other than taste and craftsmanship, there is not much separating the 18th-century palazzi of Venice and the McMansions of modern Venice Beach: Both bespeak wealth and comfort, not to mention a generou ...   More
Wednesday, May 26, 2004 Steffen Silvis

The Gas Planet

Two new books examinethe Earth's quickly disappearing oil reserves.

That we are currently at war for fuel is obvious to all but the most blinkered Republican Party hack and the average flag-draped oaf on the street. But this violent scrambling for resources is born mo ...   More
Wednesday, May 19, 2004 Steffen Silvis

Bone Settlers

Portlander Jonathan Raymond's new novel unearths two Northwest friendships from two different centuries.

Worlds away but on the same plot of land, two friendships form that will set in motion violent events beyond their control. Jonathan Raymond's first novel, The Half-Life, begins with a chuckwagon cook ...   More
Wednesday, May 5, 2004 Steffen Silvis

Broken Backs

Judith Thompson's tough play is not easy--but neither is life.

Judith Thompson's plays are smash-ups of bleakness with rough poetry, standing somewhere between Edward Bond's Saved and Sarah Kane's Crave. The Canadian's world is peopled with society's off-scouring ...   More
Wednesday, April 28, 2004 Steffen Silvis
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