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5 WAYS TO KNOW YOU’RE TALKING TO ENGLISH MAJORS

  Get to know English Majors before it’s too late.   1. They seem preoccupied all the time. Like a guitar player listening to a new song and saying, “I wouldn’t do it like that,” English majors always have a re-write going on in their mind. You never know if they’re ever listening to you. […]

MONICA DRAKE: PORTLAND AUTHOR, DETECTIVE, DELIGHT

    Tell me a better Oregon name than Monica Drake, then show me a better story collection.   Oregon Ducks and Monica Drake? Perfect combination. Oregon State Beavers and Monica Nutria? Not so much. In her short story collection, The Folly Of Loving Life, Monica Drake gives TRUTH to this writers’ advice: Only write […]

CHRIS COLEMAN, ASTORIA, A WORLD PREMIERE

  From Washington Irving to Peter Stark to Chris Coleman, Astoria never looked better.   History readers are a funny bunch. They range from professional historians to hobbyists to just people looking for something to engage them. Then there’s Chris Coleman, Artistic Director for Portland Center Stage at The Armory, and Director of Astoria. What […]

ORPHAN X AND GREGG HURWITZ: THE HELPFUL ASSASSIN

Who to call when you need help really bad? Orphan X on speed dial.   Move it on over Jason Bourne, there’s a new franchise in town. Ethan Hunt, your next impossible mission is finding Evan Smoak. Good luck. This post will self-destruct in five seconds. Man, I’d better get busy here. Gregg Hurwitz shows […]

FLASHBACK FRIDAY TO ANOTHER PRESIDENT’S MEN

A Flashback Friday to George Bush? Just in time.   President Bush came into office with a promise: “Now the adults are in charge.” We’re all adults here? Aren’t parents the first adults we all encounter? We learn to love and trust our parents. We learn right from wrong. That’s what adults do with kids, […]

WHAT THE FORCE ALWAYS SAYS AT THE END OF THE DAY

Carrie Fisher shows The Force was strong in this one You wake up one morning and things are different. Not illness, or foreboding, just something not quite right. Call it a feeling. Now what? Either spend the day riding doubt to the end of light, or do something else. Here’s a vote for something else. […]

PROFESSOR PUTIN WARMS UP FOR NEW PUPIL

  Check your class schedule for Professor Putin in the PE Department. If you’ve ever met Russians, and I have, then you know they are not all fans of Professor Putin. Like Americans, Russians live within the laws and customs of their land, and their leader. They live with their history, we live with ours. […]

NEXT ANGRY MAN UP IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Preparing the angry White House. How to tell if an angry man moves into an angry White House? It’s not because so many edited pictures show him mouthing either “F” or a “U.” That’s simply bad journalism, a smear, sour grapes. No one carries around a resting “F” face followed by a resting “U” face. […]

THE SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE LISTENS TO JOEL SALATIN?

If anyone pays attention it ought to be the Secretary of Agriculture.   Where do you find yourself on food talk? Eat and move on? Cook and consume? Or maybe something with drama like the cooking show Chopped? Thoughts about food, more than just sitting down to eat, or fast food on the run, is […]

LADY GAGA RECONNECTS ROOTS

Did Tony Bennett win a Nobel Prize? It’s fair to call Lady Gaga the Prince of her generation. She covers so many eras, does everything so well. Both look good in purple. But Prince never embraced Tony Bennett, and Tony looks a ripe purple. Point for Gaga.