Charles D’Ambrosio, Loitering

Apocalypse redux.


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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
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Bob Odenkirk, A Load of Hooey

Toilet-tank lit.


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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
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

David Shafer, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Why is my webcam light on?


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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
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

William L. Sullivan, The Oregon Variations

Lost on a strange trail.


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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
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 LAURA HANSON

Dan Barber, The Third Plate

The Barber of Blue Hill.


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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
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Peter McGraw & Joel Warner, The Humor Code

Spoiler alert: Comedy is funnier when you’re drunk!


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A Venn diagram halfway through The Humor Code (Simon & Schuster, 212 pages, $26) merges a circle labeled “Time” and another labeled “$1,272.96 Bar Tab” with the label “Funny.” This   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 LAURA HANSON

Benjamin Ross, Dead End

Why the rent is 2 damn high.


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Your mom lives in a failed socialist experiment. At least she does if she’s out in the ’burbs, where covenants and zoning laws are mostly meant to stop low-class apartment dwellers or commer   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Charles R. Cross, Here We Are Now

Drawn into your magnet tar-pit trap.


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In the 20 years since Kurt Cobain took his own life…an unbearable number of people (about 2 million, according to Google) have headed think pieces about the addled rock star’s legacy with some   More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Hannah Kent, Burial Rites

A sentence of sorts in Kornsá.


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Burial Rites (Back Bay Books, 311 pages, $15) is a fictional reimagining of the life of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, a farmhand who awaits execution for murdering her employer in 19th-century Iceland   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 LAURA HANSON

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