Illustrations by Hawk Krall
The scummiest election season, like, ever, is in full
swing and the level of American civil discourse is at an all-time low
(slut-shaming, anyone?). It seems like it
Are hipsters to blame for Oregon’s high unemployment rate?
Would I be wrong in assuming that Oregon’s high
unemployment rate has been brought on by hip, jobless twentysomethings
who move to Portland to embrace a bohemian lifestyle supported by Oregon
Now that our trash is picked up biweekly, I find myself
tempted to toss questionable items into the recycling bin, even though
they don’t belong there. Of course, I’d never actually do this—
The downtown Bank of America has had a uniformed
Portland cop stationed on site for months. Can’t these banksters afford
their own security guards? They already ripped off the taxpayers—now we
What's the thinking behind playing classical music at MAX stops?
Every morning as the MAX doors open at Lloyd Center, I
hear the sounds of opera. I think I know the thinking behind this, but
could you please illuminate us on whether the strategy is working?&nbs
I’ve been hearing about this from a wide variety of
bullshit artists ever since I moved to Portland, but I’m hoping you’ll
have the real scoop: Did the State of Oregon really blow up a whale
Can I change my party preference to Republican just so I
can vote in the primary, and change back before the general election?
Is it legal? I can’t stand to see Republicans having all the fun.&n
Why is there a statue of Joan of Arc in Laurelhurst?
Tell me, O wise one: What does a flambéed French saint
have to do with the Rose City? I ask because recently, in Laurelhurst, I
came upon the improbable statue of one Joan of Arc.
—Koan of Arc
Like lots of folks, I disconnected my gutter downspouts
from the storm-drain system to save the river. Now that the “Big Pipe”
is finished, though, can I reconnect them? It’s a swamp over he