It’s no secret that the media is image-obsessed and has a problem with whitewashing and gender stereotyping. From magazine covers doing Photoshop “touch-ups,” to fandoms having an issue with a character’s casting in a film, to debates about the term “chick flick” or just how overly pink “girl” toy shelves are. For the publishing world, book covers are a problem we have to fix.
Central Portland is home to a number of fine comic shops, but three stand out for their diverse approaches to community-building and serving particular niches of the comics market.
What’s a blurb, you might ask? Cue the booming announcer voice: “Emotionally moving, socially poignant, and expertly crafted . . . a gem of contemporary literature.” Were you picturing the front or back of a book jacket just now? Good. That’s a blurb: the pithy quote on a book’s jacket that praises it and makes you want to pick it up.
Fall is coming to an end in Portland, and the temperatures have started decreasing. As mornings get colder, we turn to those hot drinks that always bring a little extra energy boost to start the day. Of course, among those are espresso-based drinks. There’s nothing that goes better with that delicious beverage than a nice book, but depending on what you are drinking, you might want to try different types of literature. Here are some recommendations about what to read while drinking your favorite espresso-based drink.
Nearly two years into the pandemic, I’ve found myself not only reading more but also drinking more wine. Food and drink can set the tone for an experience, just as it can complement your dinner. As Ooligan strives to promote the experiences of the Pacific Northwest, I’ve chosen five wines from the area and paired them with favorite books from my collection.
The holidays are just around the corner, and gift-buying slumps are inevitable. Let’s face it—some people are just hard to shop for. They have everything they need, or you simply don’t have ideas on what to get them. This season don’t just pick up a gift card; instead, consider giving the gift of reading.