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Richard Ford, Let Me Be Frank With You

Hell and high wind.


Books
Perhaps it’s inevitable that any attempt at the Great American Novel written today would end in ruins. Like John Updike’s Rabbit series, Richard Ford’s four Frank Bascombe books have been on   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Haan Ghin: Food Cart Review


Food Cart Reviews
Portland now has a second contender for an iconic food-cart chicken dish from Southeast Asia, and its name is mii gai. Nong Poonsukwattana, maker of Portland’s go-to Thai chicken-and-rice di   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 4, Christian Ricketts


Comedy and Variety
Christian Ricketts’ path to comedy began by getting drunk and sitting in a parked car with a loaded gun. “I thought of joining the Army and suicide,” he says of those days, “two things that    More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Charles D’Ambrosio, Loitering

Apocalypse redux.


Books
Orphans was orphaned from the start—a prescient name, perhaps. The 2005 essay collection from renowned Portland fiction writer Charles D'Ambrosio was known to few and found by far fewer, a limited    More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Buki


Food Cart Reviews
Takoyaki is like the corn dog of Japan—a savory snack for streetside stalls and festivals. But Japan being Japan, the little fried flour balls are generally filled not with pork but chewy octo   More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Oregon 12-Bottle Liquor Cabinet

A starter kit of local liquors to make classic cocktails.


Distillery Guide
Sometimes all you need is Old Crow bourbon and flat Diet Coke from a 2-liter bottle. We don’t judge. But for those who want to cheaply make some of those $9 to $13 pre-Prohibition cocktails    More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Bitcoin ATM Now Dispensing Cash in Pioneer Place Food Court

The machine allows both buying and selling of the virtual currency

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You can now buy Bitcoin virtual currency—and trade it for cold, hard cash—at Pioneer Place mall. Local company BitcoinNW has installed a Bitcoin ATM in the Pioneer Place food court as of November 15.Bitcoin is an electronic currency that is not tied to any state...   More
 
Monday, November 17, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Chongqing Hot Pot


Food Reviews & Stories
It’s downright heartening when a restaurant is willing to hand you your own ass in a stainless-steel bowl. In keeping with its eponymous pepper-bathed region of China, soup spot Chongqing Huo    More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

There Be Monsters: Barrrrrrr


Bar Reviews
Near where ocean waters cascaded off the earth’s edge, old maps had a warning: “Here be dragons.” At Portland’s old-time Hal’s Tavern, you might have needed the same heads-up; the bar    More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Rosewater

Jon Stewart goes to Iran.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Rosewater is a torture film in which suffering is beside the point—it’s a lovely romp in the fields of tyranny. Gael García Bernal, who plays unjustly imprisoned Iranian-Canadian journalist   More
 
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE
 

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