“I was 10 when Born in the U.S.A. was released,” author Ryan White says, “and that was the first time I became aware of Springsteen. You couldn't avoid him then. He was everywhere.” And even though her preferred singers like David Lee Roth (as 10 year olds do), White eventually came around to The Boss' way of thinking, and in 2012, chronicled the man's written work in his first published book, Springsteen: Album by Album.
Local David Shafer’s debut novel, Whiskey Foxtrot Tango, or alternately, as its cover suggests, WTF, is set in a sort of dystopian present in which a conglomeration of wealthy industrialists stands on the precipice of privatizing all of our information. The only thing that stands in their way is Dear Diary, an underground online movement made up of idealists fighting the good fight.
If you’ve ever bellied up to the bar at Mint/820, then you’ve certainly sipped at the cocktails of Lucy Brennan, one of Portland’s pioneering craft cocktailers. But did you know you can make many of those same drinks at home. You can, as long as you own a copy of Brennan’s Hip Sips: Modern Cocktails to Raise Your Spirits. Visit Mint, drink your way through the menu, pick up a copy of the book and mix at home till your heart’s content.
What do you know about Bruce Springsteen, international conspiracies or locally authored craft cocktails? If you’ve dive into these authors' books, you’ll pretty much know it all.