The Portland Diaries, Part 2

The Portland Diaries, Part 2

I went the wrong way at the Rothko exhibit at the Portland Art Museum, turning right instead of left, which meant that I saw his last work first.  I have an excuse, though:  when I walked in, I looked to the left and saw a bunch of stuff I didn’t recognize.  Nice paintings, but not Rothkos.  Must be some other exhibit. Works from the permanent collection or whatever.  But over to the right I saw some Rothkos, so I went that way. You...

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The Portland Diaries, Part 1.5

The Portland Diaries, Part 1.5

I should be back at the apartment writing The Great American Something right now, but instead I’m in a coffee shop writing yet another blog post. Actual conversation overheard a few minutes ago: Customer asks what kombucha is. Man and woman behind the counter take turns trying to answer. It’s…uh….it’s this stuff– It’s alive, kind of. Yeah, no, it is alive.  It’s got these...

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The Portland Diaries, Part One

The Portland Diaries, Part One

So here I am in Portland, occupying a totally charming apartment courtesy of Tin House, whose offices are right next door.  (press release, which explains everything.) Actually, the magazine is on one side and the book publisher is on the other, so I am surrounded by literary wonderfulness.  On Tuesdays I teach a nonfiction workshop in Portland State University’s MFA program; that happened for the first time last night.  Damn, those...

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What This Small Business Needs

Dear President and Congress, I'm so glad to hear everyone talk about small business and job creation.  And by "everyone," I mean everyone except small business owners themselves.  We're too busy running our businesses to take time out to talk policy.  But I was pleased to see this article about how a survey of actual small businesses finds that regulations and taxes aren't our biggest problem.  I...

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Eighth Avenue in the Rain

  This is a painting of a little side street off Eighth Avenue Manhattan–probably somewhere in the 30s. Anytime I'm in New York when it starts to rain, I grab my camera and start looking for umbrellas! 8 x 10.  Click here to bid.  Go here to see more...

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On to the Pacific Northwest!

And the bug march continues in the Pacific Northwest.  Would love to see you guys.  Details below, but it doesn't hurt to contact the venue ahead of time to confirm dates & times.   Wednesday, June 22, 2011 7 PM Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing Beaverton, OR Thursday, June 23, 2011 7 PM Auntie's Bookstore Spokane, WA Friday, June 24, 2011 6:30 pm Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, WA Saturday, June 25,...

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