Hotseat: Rick Mitchell

A former Portland musician and writer on the state of jazz right now.

Books Is jazz dead? With nightclub closures and record sales plummeting, it sometimes seems the genre is at least on life support. But if you ask jazz and pop critic Rick Mitchell, the music is looking ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO

Northwest Book Festival

Books It’s easy to brush off self-published authors. After all, gatekeepers exist for a reason. Even alternative newspapers like WW mostly ignore people who can’t persuade an agent or publisher to rep ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

Hotseat: Stephanie Coontz

On Uncle Sam’s marriage fetish.

Books For more than 20 years, social historian Stephanie Coontz has been trying to get everyone to reconsider marriage. In five ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Diana Gabaldon

Books Like any good drug offering a temporary escape from the banality of life, serial fiction can quickly become addictive. I speak from the experience of a user. I’ll be clean for months, dutifully ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by PENELOPE BASS

William L. Sullivan, The Oregon Variations

Lost on a strange trail.

Books William L. Sullivan is an essential member of the Oregon literati, author of the most successful series of hiking guides in a state that loves to hike. Ask your friend with a bandanna-wearing yell ... More

Jun 18, 2014 12:01 am by LAURA HANSON

Are you there Judy? It’s me, Debbie.

Books On June 16, literati the world over re-enact the plot of James Joyce’s Ulysses with pub crawls, marathon readings and Irish breakfasts. On June 17, former teenagers of Portland will have a simil ... More

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by DEBORAH KENNEDY

List: No Such Thing as “Out of E-Print”

Three things you should know about out-of-print books.

Books This week, Portland authors Cheryl Strayed, Lidia Yuknavitch and Ursula K. Le Guin, plus Bitch Media Editor Kjerstin Johnson, will gather at the Powell’s in Beaverton to discuss their favorite ... More

May 14, 2014 12:01 am by LAURA HANSON

Dan Barber, The Third Plate

The Barber of Blue Hill.

Books Every time someone tells me what I shouldn’t eat, I reach for the revolving lazy Susan. Far too often the food police are joyless scolds or dieters in disguise—people of the upper quartile w ... More

May 28, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE
 

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