Last November, Jack Conte of the California indie-pop duo
Pomplamoose penned a blog post on the plight of the modern indie-rock
band. “Being in an indie band,” Conte wrote, “is running a n ... More
When picking a backdrop for tales of inner-city struggle, authors often end up in New York or Chicago. For his debut novel, The Residue Years (Bloomsbury,
352 pages, $17), which is set amid the mi ... More
The old fantasy about shovel-murdering George Lucas.
There’s a bit in Patton Oswalt’s 2007 standup record, Werewolves and Lollipops, where he says his “geekiness is getting in the way of his nerdiness.” To casual fans who came Oswalt’s way v ... More
Nick Jaina is not famous. Far from it, really. But the
question of what it means to be an artist—and how much pain you’re
willing to endure to pursue your art in the quest for something grea ... More
Bitch Planet is an uncomfortable title to ask for
over the phone, given that 50 percent of it is an insult fortified by a
millennia of sexism. But for the new Image Comics series, written by
P ... More
When it comes to peddling teen angst, few writers of young
adult fiction have the qualifications of Frank Portman. With 30 years
of fronting Berkeley pop-punk band the Mr. T Experience under his ... More
Joshua P. Howe says he tries to approach the problems of
climate change like a football coach. “I think about a guy like Pete
Carroll,” says Howe, a professor of environmental studies and hi ... More
Favorite books read in 2014 by some of our favorite local writers.
The Wilds by Julia Elliott: a very
well-written book of short stories that are creepy and weird in the good
way. In the title story, a girl wearing a homemade crown of bird skulls
tells of getti ... More
You can write only so many guidebooks to Stonehenge or
Machu Picchu, which have remained unchanged for centuries if not
millennia, surviving societal collapse and U.S.-backed military coups.
A ... More
He’s a Good, uh, house. Mighty, mighty, just lettin’ it all hang out...
At first glance, Portland author Peyton Marshall’s Goodhouse (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 336 pages, $26) might seem a little familiar. Much like the Colbert-boosted California,
by Edan Lepucki, ... 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