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Long Journey: Contemporary Northwest Poets

Is poetry alive in the Pacific Northwest? Well...it's complicated.

David Biespiel challenges provincialism—namely, that this corner of the country is too isolated from the centers of literary life to produce art that matters. Editor of the literary magazine Poe ...   More
Wednesday, November 8, 2006 Paige Richmond

Written Prescription

Not every Portland writer is a 25-year-old hipster—a local nonprofit gives local drug addicts, abused spouses and the elderly some pen power.

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Mary Alice Jensen wants to buy her first motorcycle, and she's 75 years old."I'm going to ride it to Astoria and dig clams," says the bubbly and charming woman, who has always dreamed of being a write ...   More
Wednesday, November 8, 2006 Paige Richmond

Artificial Light

"Let there be light" in the dark, postmodern world of '90s alternative rock.

You can't judge a book by its cover, right? Well, maybe not its cover jacket. When the back of the book claims that what's inside is better than "the last dozen Thomas Pynchons, the last nineteen Don ...   More
Wednesday, September 20, 2006 Paige Richmond


Between Lee Montgomery and her memoir lies only self-pity.

Memoir is a tricky genre. Keeping true to the facts of one's own life story does not always go hand in hand with compelling writing. Sure, we all feel that our life stories are fascinating, but how ca ...   More
Wednesday, August 16, 2006 Paige Richmond

The Cantor's Daughter

When emotions are fragile, Scott Nadelson pushes them to the breaking point.

Relationships are complicated. Loving another person—be it a family member, friend or lover—requires trust and openness. But most people have emotional baggage that keeps them from achievi ...   More
Wednesday, August 2, 2006 Paige Richmond

Love In The Present Tense

Hyde's latest novel is likeable—but maybe not forever.

What does it mean to love a family member? Ideally, it's an unconditional love based on more than genetics and forced proximity. Catherine Ryan Hyde's latest novel, Love in the Present Tense (Flying D ...   More
Wednesday, June 7, 2006 Paige Richmond

Drink 2006

Food Reviews & Stories
CHEERS: This place is serious about beer. JEERS: The scene might be too upscale for a "pub." Brideport Brewing Co. bills its Ale House on Hawthorne as "a brew pub worth dressing up for." There's no PBR or greasy French fries to be seen: Here you'll get a daily featured cask-conditioned ale ($2.75 fo   More
Wednesday, May 24, 2006 Paige Richmond

Aviator's 22°Halo

Aerial dance that's hooked on a feeling.

[DANCE] "Try lifting your feet up now and letting yourself hang," yells Daniel Addy to me, suspended by a hip harness in a metal cage high above the ground. Addy, the 37-year-old pixie standing far be ...   More
Wednesday, May 10, 2006 Paige Richmond
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