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Love and the Green Lady: Meditations on the Yaquina Bay Bridge: Oregon's Crown Jewel of Socialism


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ISBN13: 9780974436456
ISBN10: 0974436453
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Oregon opened the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport on Labor Day 1936. Built during the New Deal, the Yaquina Bay Bridge was the aesthetic and engineering brainchild of Conde McCullough, Oregon's State Bridge Engineer from 1919 to 1937. For 75 years the Yaquina Bay Bridge has stood magnificently as a monument to excellence in architecture and how a partnership between state and federal government in the throes of an economic calamity can produce something practical, beautiful, and lasting. It is nothing less than an Oregon landmark and a powerful reminder how to build a great bridge.

"Since I moved to the Newport area four years ago, I've driven across the bridge thousands of times and basically had my entire aesthetic redefined," said Love. "My obsession for this magnificent piece of engineering and McCullough's genius inspired this book and its highly eccentric construction. I like to think that no one's ever written a book about a piece of Oregon engineering quite like this."

Blending an eclectic variety of literary genres, including memoir, essay, vignette, autobiography, letter, homework, meditation, ode, commentary, oral history, polemic, curriculum, and confession, the book also contains over 100 photographs of the bridge taken by Love and some of his students.

"One sunny afternoon, I looked at the bridge's soaring sinuous green lines and saw a woman. Call it personification or call it a writer's pretentiousness, or call Dr. Freud, but the Yaquina Bay Bridge suddenly appeared to me as a very attractive woman. Right then, I dubbed her the Green Lady and I was in love," writes Love in the book's introduction.

For more information about Love and The Green Lady, visit www.nestuccaspitpress.com and view Love's slide show of the Yaquina Bay Bridge.

About the Author

Matt Love is the author/editor of the Beaver State Trilogy, Citadel of the Spirit: Oregon's Sesquicentennial Anthology, Super Sunday in Newport: Notes from My First Year in Town (part one of the Newport Trilogy) and Gimme Refuge: The Education of a Caretaker. He writes the "One Man's Beach" column for Oregon Coast Today and the On Oregon blog column for Powells.com. In 2009, Love won the Oregon Literary Arts Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature. He lives in South Beach and teaches English and journalism at Newport High School. He's currently working on the third installment in the Newport Trilogy, about the filming of Sometimes a Great Notion.

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Katey James, May 31, 2013 (view all comments by Katey James)
I thought this book was the perfect blend of important bridge history and intense Green lady passion. It's true that everyone in Newport has a bridge story, because there is just something about it that snags your attention. There is just something so very Oregonian about it. It's beautiful, just as the stories collected here describe in a hundred different ways (and views).
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connieandrews, March 18, 2013 (view all comments by connieandrews)
I flipped through this book and landed on a page where author Matt Love asks a cab driver if he has a good story about the Yaquina Bay Bridge. I read the cab driver's story then bought the book and started over from page one. A bridge may be steel and cement, form and function, but it is also anyone who has ever crossed it, built it and designed it in the first place. You can read about Oregon's New Deal Era bridges in other books, but I guarantee you won't have as much fun. The photos throughout the book set the mood and who knew a bridge in fog could be so captivating. The back cover of "Love and the Green Lady" says it is the author's gift to the Yaquina Bay Bridge for her 75th birthday. It was also a gift to this reader. I'm glad I found it. I will never look at the Yaquina Bay Bridge (or any other bridge) the same way again.
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MSchroeder, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by MSchroeder)
AS always, Matt Love has written an entrancing book about one of his great loves, the Newport Bay Bridge. I see the bridge through new eyes after reading his stories and poetic prose.
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Meditations on the Yaquina Bay Bridge: Oregon's Crown Jewel of Socialism
Love, Matt
Nestucca Spit Press
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