Alexis M. Smith on Her PNBA Award-Winning novel, Marrow Island
By Evan P. Schneider
Alexis M. Smith's second novel, Marrow Island, was just named one of six winners of a 2017 Pacific Northwest Bookseller's Award. Evan P. Schneider chats with Smith about what she learned by writing the new novel, and why we choose the work we do—or why it chooses us. (Illustration by Zachary Schomburg)
Omission and Deception in Two Books of Political Fiction
By Dan DeWeese
Two translated books published by Melville House in 2016 may resonate differently for American readers in 2017.
Career Arcs, Difficult Art, and Joanna Newsom
By Matthew Stahlman
In 2013, Joanna Newsom married a comedian. Why didn't a fan expect her next album, Divers, to be any good? And why didn't he want it to be?
In Memoriam, John Berger 1926-2017
By M. Allen Cunningham
In 2015, a Portland writer wrote a note of thanks to John Berger. Berger wrote back.
Instrumental Album of the Year Discovered in Spam Folder
Article Runs Under Editorial Protest
By Matthew Kauffman Smith
Staff discovered the following article in the magazine's email spam folder. It appears to be yet another "music tournament," this one written in November. In it, the author prematurely names the best instrumental album of 2016.
Writing to Imagine a Life
Fiction in Nonfiction in John Edgar Wideman's New Book
By Patrick McGinty
In Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File, John Edgar Wideman thinks his way through multiple problems at once.
The "Feminist" Shield
On the Laura Kipnis Affair and the Rhetorical Value of Identifying as a Feminist
By Matthew Stahlman
During a recent Title IX case and throughout its fallout, one of the consistent values of identifying as a "feminist" was as a defense against other feminists.
Behavior is a Pile of Clothes
On Rae Armantrout and the Evaluation of Women
By Wendy Bourgeois
A woman was almost president. She could not look expensive without class critique. She could not look butch. She could not look as if she cared, but it was absolutely forbidden for her to look as if she didn't. The higher the stakes, the more of a sartorial knife's edge she had to walk.