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Michael Dowd

This reverend claims to have solved the debate between creation and evolution. Somebody give the man a fish.

Q & A
Think of Michael Dowd’s new book, Thank God for Evolution!, as a kind of spiritual Nicorette gum for Christian fundamentalists: It’s not a perfect solution, but at least you’re not s ...   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

When I See an Elephant Fall: Demolition Begins on PDX Icon “Packy” Mural

[Packy activist and Voodoo Doughnuts co-owner Tres Shannon protests Packy's demolition at Mercy Corps' new heaquarters.]

Demolition began today at the site of Portland-based nonprofit Mercy Corps' new global headquarters in Old Town's Skidmore Fountai...   More
Thursday, April 3, 2008 by JOHN MINERVINI

Eco-Seltzer: The Secret Life of Margaret Jones

Remember Peggy Seltzer, a.k.a. Margaret Jones? The lady from Eugene who wrote a fake memoir about growin' up in the hood? Well, WW's been doing some sleuthing, and it turns out that the real Peggy Seltzer—a sort ...   More
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 by JOHN MINERVINI

Nic and David Sheff

When It Comes To Meth, Father’s Not Like Son.

Q & A
By the age of 18, Nic Sheff was addicted to meth. It wasn’t pretty. He was skeletally thin, his arms were full of holes and green with infection, he broke into relatives’ houses and stole ...   More
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI


Protecting our precious bodily fluids with pure hokum.

Movie Reviews & Stories
It is very difficult to overestimate the importance of water. Russian filmmakers Anastasiya Popova and Julia Perkul have done it. In the monolithically titled Water—co-distributed by PDX-based M ...   More
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

Chi Whiz

Urban acupuncturist Adam Kuby salves Portland with massive needles.

Featured Stories
A city is like a body. It eats, it ...   More
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

Albert Herring (Portland Opera)

Spitzeresque tale: Chastity is the best policy.

Ever been praised for something that labeled you a doofus? Perfect attendance? Clean underpants? That’s the premise for Benjamin Britten’s comic chamber opera Albert Herring, based on a sh ...   More
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 JOHN MINERVINI

Live Review: Twelve Angry Men

A successful production of Twelve Angry Men seems to consist in playing it close to the ground, honoring authorial intent. The play doesn't lend itself to aggressive interpretation or experimentation, for the ...   More
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 by JOHN MINERVINI

Genre Bending: All Consequences, No Love for Oregon Memoir Faker

It's been a bad couple of weeks for memoirs. On Saturday, Belgian writer Misha Defonseca admitted that her ostensible life story, Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years, had little or no basis in reality: she hadn't, in fact, run away from the Nazis or lived with a friendly pack ...   More
Tuesday, March 4, 2008 by JOHN MINERVINI

Meth Pair Ditch Portland, Pick Oprah

[David Sheff (above) and his son Nic Sheff wrote memoirs about Nic's meth addiction]

What's gives? Ditching Portland for some TV show? Who is this Oprah lady anyway?

That's right, David and Nic Sheff, the father and son wh...   More
Monday, March 3, 2008 by JOHN MINERVINI
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