Division Alt Guitar & Junior Brown

Junior Brown plays an inventive, alternative guitar: method, form, and style. Brown is a rockabilly virtuoso, as in jazz guitar, Joe Pass was expert, where skill matures into virtue. Junior plays a custom designed and built two-neck guitar that he plays behind a stand rather than hanging from a strap around his shoulder. The setup…

SE Portland Triathlon Photo Essay

For the first leg of my triathlon event yesterday, I boarded Line 15 and rode down to the river, disembarking at the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge. I sat in the last seat of the bus, in the left corner, with this week’s New Yorker fiction issue. I had read on the bus stop…

Teeda, Sped, Flotsam, and Twist

Mr. Teeda with tart taste hairy-scarfy lips late but at last arises to seize downtown bus amid yawns and snort, sneeze and nicks himself hie shavely in tortello braggadocio hurry-scurry. “Out-a-my-way, out-a-my-way,” Teeda cocoons the mod you low muddle of his noggin. Meantime, Mr. Sped, cold splash asleep in red tide road dust, implacable rouge…

My Blood Red Moon

A couple of out-of-town visitors from Vineland crashed here last night, the night of the celebrated Blood Red Moon. We ate dinner at the Bagdad on Hawthorne, walked around the blocks, checked out the absurdly named “Goodwill on Hawthorne” (gentrified thrift shop), and headed up to Mt Tabor to view the moon. A month or…

Optotype

Line 15 currently detours across the Hawthorne Bridge due to a temporary weight restriction on the Morrison Bridge, which is under repair. I hopped off the bus at the west end of the Hawthorne Bridge, passed the Salmon Street Springs Fountain, and walked south along the Willamette to the eye clinic, just over a mile upriver. I…

Two Hep Cats and the Cool Comma

Scamble: I met a comma at the bus stop this morning. … Did you hear what I said? I said, I met a comma, at the bus stop, this morning. Cramble: Be wary of commas. They’ll be on you like fleas. -Did you know the apostrophe is the feminine form of comma? -Band of punctuation…

Abaft the Blues Fest

Red-orange earworms admonish taptoo! fashion, now clear the drum is an old, beat suitcase rigged with foot pedal, and, too, there they are, tin bells on his curled toes, as literal as pencil lead, as calloused as an oak pew hymnal. Lavender fresh, she sang at Hop’s Hootenanny, sipped mint juleps from a food cart…