Small is huge, Wells Fargo tells us with a Pleasantville main street gloss. It’s tough to admit when a cynical corporate slogan hits the mark, but I can’t think of a better way to describe Portland’s Future Tense Press and its portfolio of literary fire-starters. Run by literary community extraordinaire and Powell’s ambassador Kevin Sampsell, […]Read more "Dreaming Fantastical Stories: Szilvia Molnar"
When I was eighteen I went to an alcohol-fueled party with some school friends, and I kissed and made out with someone for the first time. The boy in question was older than me, hence he was able to legally procure the half a dozen shitty coolers I was drunk on, and it was rumored […]Read more "What’s Really Behind “Middling Millennials”"
When I was fifteen all of my favorite writers were men. I deliberately shunned writing by women because they were overwrought with sentimentality and flowery feelings. I wanted grit. I wanted edge. I wanted provocative. I wanted to read the works of writing that made me want to throw up my middle finger along with […]Read more "The Puppets of Periodicals"
What was not compelling about Monday night’s talk at PSU with Cheryl Strayed? The 44-year-old author of bestselling memoir, Wild, took the stage this week in an event that was coordinated through the university’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Strayed began the talk by reminiscing on her own time as a teacher at Portland […]Read more "Cheryl Strayed Discusses Solitude and Suffering"
If you’re Elissa Bassist, good fodder for some future story might include your apartment building catching on fire, being on Vicodin for a month (due to a back injury that was incurred after attempting a back flip “like the one Robyn does in the “Call Your Girlfriend” video), and sequestering yourself away from contact with […]Read more "We Demand to Amuse You"