Those who only notice the visual stylishness of Flaunt may miss that it has a willingness to take risks in its articles that few other mainstream magazines will. Over the years it has published powerful work by Larry Fondation and others. When i wrote a ten thousand word article about the executions I had witnessed, "Why I Watch People Die," it was turned down by so many magazines (some because of its length, some because of its subject matter, some because of both), I thought it would never be published. But in 2008 my friend Andrew Pogany, who was then the editor of Flaunt, published it, and it won a FOLIO award in the Best Single Article category.
Andrew Pogany left the magazine a while ago, but he returned recently to work on The Selfie Issue, which has just been published, and I’m happy to be in it.
Today I overheard a woman say her name was Kendall, and at first I thought she said Kindle. I wonder if anyone’s named a baby after their favorite reading device yet? Good thing I don’t want kids - I’m so grateful for my book sales on Kindle, I might be tempted…
Back in December, Portland had its inaugural Noir at the Bar, and it was superb. (For my account of that night, click here.) The second one happens tomorrow night, and it looks like being another one to remember. I don’t know the work of all the writers who’re taking part, but I do know that of J. David Osborne, author of the great novel Low Down Death Right Easy and other books, Alex C. Renwick, who as Camille Alexa is the author of the elegant and compelling pulp fiction story collection Push of the Sky, and Jemiah Jefferson, author of the red-hot, pitch-dark Voice of Blood series of vampire novels and other books.
Ringmaster/carnival barker for the evening will be Johnny Shaw, bestselling author of Dove Season, Plaster City and Big Maria.
There will be books on sale.
Be there or be uncool.
In a ridiculous piece of spin doctoring, TriMet has announced on its website that, in exchange for free advertising, Lamar Advertising is providing 600 “upgraded” benches at bus stops. What “upgraded” means is that the benches have a raised rail in the middle, so that there isn’t enough room for a person to lie down.
The purpose of these benches (which are also used in Phoenix, AZ) is to make it impossible for homeless people to sleep on them.
Mental Health Association of Portland has started a hashtag on Twitter: