Idle Idolatry

Our contributors examine themselves and their relationships with an “other.”

PORTLAND  white stag sign Anyone whose knowledge of Portland, Oregon comes from the television series Portlandia is likely to think of the city as being populated entirely by whimsical and finicky white people sipping gourmet coffee and riding customized bicycles to performances of Star Trek episodes in the park. Behind this media image is a much more complicated place, with a history often bleaker than any comedy sketch, but at the same time less contrived in its weirdness. Although Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein started out in the Northwest music underground, the show’s popularity has accelerated the gentrification process that eventually makes counterculture unaffordable. Portlandia is like a clown mask on a crane operator knocking down the old Portland, a place I call Tonya Town. Read More…

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By Grabthar’s Hammer! Remembering Alan Rickman

by Bill Chott January 15, 2016

You may not know my name, but you’ve probably seen me as “that guy” in dozens of projects on TV and film. I played a very small role in the film Galaxy Quest. I was the nerd at the convention who gets his autograph from (Alan Rickman’s character) Sir Alexander Dane and proudly announces, “By […]

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Here’s What I Did Yesterday in NYC (VOl. 1)

by Tony Shea November 2, 2015

The New York City Marathon was happening yesterday so I thought I would head over to the finish line to watch it. But when I was on my way to Central Park I could already see that it was going to an absolute madhouse: police cars, ambulances, scores of people everywhere, more than there always […]

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UFO Over New York?

by Tony Shea September 12, 2015

I got up this morning at about 2 a.m., awoken by a strange dream. Somewhere around 5 a.m. I noticed that there was a strange round object in the sky. I thought at first it was the reflection of my computer off the window. But then something else strange happened, I felt an odd presence […]

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Critical Tits Bike Ride – A Look Back at Burning Man

by Jane Tarzana September 7, 2015

This post was originally published on September 2, 2014. Ah the lands of Facebook, Flickr and Instagram are abuzz with the sights and sounds of Burning Man. Even Seth Rogen announced at James Franco’s Roast on Comedy Central that he was going to Burning Man this year. Yes, it’s really the cool thing to do, […]

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