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OREGON LINE TO CROSS: NO KITTY GENOVESE ON NW 21st

 

Oregon line

Showing off a couple of Oregon lines: arm and nose category. c.1980

 

Like every city in every state, the Oregon line is ‘Think before acting on street violence.’ Always a good idea. If you see something going wrong, someone getting hurt, call 911.

 

Professionals know how do calm things down better than I do, maybe you too. However, if you believe in civic duty like I believe in civic duty, how could I walk past a situation that looked bad and heading for worse?

 

Maybe it wasn’t really happening? Just go home and let them figure it out? If it’s as bad as it could be I’ll read about in the paper, or watch for it on the news?

 

I could have done that, pretended not to notice the street fight. Maybe should have? But it was the woman’s voice that turned the tables one day coming out of Cinema 21 on NW 21st.

 

It was a perfect ending to a day that felt like something out of James Joyce’s Ulysses, a compressed time frame in real life. Here’s the short version:

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literary swag? BOOK PICTURES WORTH ONE THOUSAND WORDS? #literaryswag

literaryswag

 

 

Selfies with a book? Had me at selfie.

 

Then book. Literary swag? Not so much, but it sounds like it could be big, like the cover of the New Yorker showing a reader with a book lit by their smart phone.

 

Nerd cartoon perfection. But what do readers really need?

 

Better books, more books, any book. And here’s why:

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SPORT TALK RADIO ADS ON PORTLAND’S 620, 750, 1080

 

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image via nfl.com

Look at the face of sport talk reason. This man isn’t on sport talk radio because of his face. This face is on sport talk radio because of the audience. They want him.

 

They need him.

 

It doesn’t happen often, but if the airwaves line up in the right order while I scan sport talk radio the message couldn’t be more clear.

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