Hotseat: John Summers

The Baffler editor says Portlanders should pack their bags.

Books 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 ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Faceoff: Girls vs. Portlandia

Another article about Girls. Sorry.

Books 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

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

John Darnielle, Wolf in White Van

Finish or die trying.

Books 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

Oct 1, 2014 12:01 am by MATT BUCKINGHAM

Hotseat: Erika T. Wurth

Books 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

Oct 1, 2014 12:01 am by PENELOPE BASS

Jack Ohman

How The Oregonian’s longtime political cartoonist discovered Portlandia.

Books 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

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Liz Prince, Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

Challenging what it means to be a girl.

Books 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

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

David Shafer, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Why is my webcam light on?

Books 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

Aug 6, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Carl Adamshick, Saint Friend

Books “They keep paging Kenneth Koch at the airport,” begins local poet Carl Adamshick’s new collection. “Someone should let the announcer know/ he is dead…” Well, Saint Friend (McSweeney’ ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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

Poet Carl Adamshick

A self-taught poet learned to write at the public library and in the aisles of Powell’s Books.

Fall Arts 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

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by PENELOPE BASS

Portland Fall Book Picks

Fall Arts James Ellroy 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

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by PENELOPE BASS
 

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