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
Bob Odenkirk’s A Load of Hooey (McSweeney’s,
112 pages, $20) begins with a warning from one of its many satirical
characters, a charm-school marm: Don’t read this book while you poop.
Wr ... More
The Baffler editor says Portlanders should pack their bags.
Back in the ’90s, Thomas Frank’s Baffler magazine
was a cleansing hatebath lampooning both capitalist doublespeak and
squishy liberalism, the rare publication to be both smart and funny amid
We’re going to talk about Girls. It’s not like we
want to. But Lena Dunham, creator and star of the HBO series, will be in
town Sunday to promote her new book, Not That Kind of Girl (Random Ho ... More
Erika T. Wurth is Apache, Chickasaw and
Cherokee, but she did not grow up on a reservation. She was raised in a
culturally mixed Denver suburb, where she witnessed both the stereotypes
and bea ... More
When a guy writes a love song that ends, “I hope you die, I
hope we both die,” and shoots a music video with blood dripping from a
bullet wound in his temple, you know his first novel isn’ ... More
Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir opens with the cries of a
2-year-old. They belong to a young Liz Prince, who fears nothing more in
her little life than the frilly, pink cloth that hangs from her
moth ... More
How The Oregonian’s longtime political cartoonist discovered Portlandia.
To appreciate Portlandia, you have to leave Portland. Take that from Jack Ohman.
For 30 years, Ohman was The Oregonian’s
editorial cartoonist and one of the city’s foremost satirists. But he ... More
We all already know Google could own our asses. But any
mention of this is usually greeted with the apathy of a depressed kidnap
victim who couldn’t imagine why anybody would want him. Portland ... More
A self-taught poet learned to write at the public library and in the aisles of Powell’s Books.
Hundreds of thousands of words have been written about
love. Letters, books, plays, songs, movies and certainly poems have all
been patched into shapes that try to tell us how love feels. Some
s ... More
James Ellroy’s novels inhabit a nostalgic zone, where
women are dames and cops throw back whiskey to take the edge off after a
day at a grisly crime scene. His “L.A. Quartet”�� ... More