Comedy Photography Profile

Branding Jason Traeger

Introducing #TraegerMethod In November 2017, THRU Media hosted its penultimate art opening at the company studio and gallery in northwest Portland. Comedian Jason Traeger was featured in the latter half of the month. He called his show “Soft Launch” and it was the debut of a campaign to find a confluence of artistic disciplines. While […]

Book Review

Froelich’s Ladder is a Promising Debut

Jamie Duclos-Yourdon’s character-driven novel offers a new frontier. Froelich arrives in Oregon in the fall of 1851 after a long journey from Germany. During the trek, I imagine him distracted with visions of a life so full of wonder, of newness — the opposite of what he saw as an inevitably unfulfilling future back home […]

Interview Literature and Spoken Word Profile

People Like Her: Margaret Malone

In People Like You, the title story of Margaret Malone’s first book of short stories published late last year, a couple goes out to a party. It’s an ordinary night, they treat the party like an errand or at most, like a job interview for a position neither want. A page in, I relate to the reluctance Cheryl […]

Comedy Photography

American Comedy Finds Itself at Holocene

Contributing Editor, Kathleen Dolan American Comedy is a free monthly showcase, currently running at Holocene, curated and hosted by Jason Traeger, Milan Patel, and Paul Schlesinger, featuring a mostly local line-up. It was started almost a year ago by Paul at the now defunct Kickstand Comedy (basement in Velo Cult Bike Shop). He soon brought in […]

Festival Literature and Spoken Word

Wordstock Returns, Overflows

Wordstock returns to Portland as a Literary Arts Organization venture, and a new venue swells with the city’s rain-braving readers. The relaunch of Wordstock this last weekend reminded me of how large family holiday get-togethers go; noisy, overcrowded but in a festive, cozy way. Volunteers in red T-shirts were cheery in the mid-morning when everyone arrived, all […]