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Of Walking in Rain is the latest literary output from the one-man stone Oregon publishing empire that is Matt Love. His devotion to and celebration of all things Beaver State is often infectious (and perhaps ought to be classified as a contagion). His newest work, a stylistic torrent, is a paean to Oregon's "most famous cultural asset" — rain. As he's wont to do in nearly all of his books, Love, amidst the deluge of rain-related reflections, recollections, and rants, offers a veritable flood of opinions on politicians, education and teaching, football, and sex, incorporating no shortage of literary and lyrical allusions to his favorite singers, songs, and scribes (especially Ken Kesey).
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Nestucca Spit Press announces the release of Of Walking in Rain, by Matt Love, who calculates that 1.5 tons of rain have fallen on him during his 16 years living on the Oregon Coast.

In October 2012, as the longest summer drought in recorded Oregon history finally gave way to the rainy season, author Matt Love decided to write a book in real time reflecting upon the state's most famous cultural asset and what it means to live in one the rainiest places on earth. "When this project began, I had no idea where it was going. Rain is like that. I did, however, have the modest ambition to write the greatest book on rain in the history of Oregon literature," said Love. Three months later, Love produced a unique volume about rain that has very little to do with weather and everything to do with life.

In the book, Love writes:

I want to be the Tom Petty, Henry Miller, Harriet Tubman, Steve Prefontaine, Gale Sayers and Daniel of the lion's den of Oregon rain. Rain plays chess and solitaire with you at the same time. Rain sets up spontaneous stages for unrehearsed performances. Rain brings mountains down to the sea. All my great notions manifest in rain. Threat of rain culls the weaklings. Rain strops those who walk into it. I have divined many of life's most important intentions in rain. Using an umbrella is like turning off the light before sex. What would happen to our country if we elected a President from the Oregon Coast who knew rain and loved it? I love the smell of wet dogs in the morning — it smells like victory. I'd rather fall in love with a woman of rain, not the sun or moon, but of course, rain isn't for everyone as I have discovered. Rain portends nothing. It means everything.

Of Walking in Rain is a 190-page work of creative non-fiction that assays the ubiquitous subject of rain in Oregon in as many ways as rain falls in Oregon. It was written during the four wettest months of the second rainiest year in Newport history. The book blends an eclectic variety of literary genres, including memoir, essay, vignette, diary, reportage, guide, criticism, satire, stream of consciousness, homework, meditation, review, commentary, oral history, weather report, discography, liner notes, polemic, curriculum and confession. Of Walking in Rain also features the exquisite etchings of rain by renowned artist Frank Boyden. The book was printed by Pioneer Printing in Newport and is distributed exclusively through Nestucca Spit Press' web site, independent bookstores and at live events.

About the Author

Matt Love is the author/editor of ten books about Oregon, including, the best selling Far Out Story of Vortex I, Citadel of the Spirit: Oregon's Sesquicentennial Anthology, Gimme Refuge: The Education of a Caretaker and The Newport Trilogy. 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 creative writing and journalism at Newport High School.

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Christi Crutchfield, June 29, 2014 (view all comments by Christi Crutchfield)
This little gem of a book is an excellent meditation on the ecstasy and sensuality of that often underappreciated liquid: rain. Author, Matt Love, who has resided for many years on the Oregon Coast recorded his experiences and reflections about rain for three months, October through December, that are traditionally the coast’s rainiest months. He employs Ken Kesey’s Sometimes a Great Notion as a jumping off point, a novel that mentions rain 500-1,000 times, and Love opens with his favorite Great Notion quote: “Give me a dark smeary shiny night full of rain. That’s when the fear starts. That’s when you sell the juice.”

What follows is all juice. The diary entries are filled with entertaining and sometimes obscure references to rain in music, literature, poetry, art, pop culture, movies, and history. Throughout the book, the author is either venturing out on the stormy beaches with his sweet sidekick Sonny the Husky meeting glistening Rain Shamans along the way or encouraging his hoodied students at the high school where he teaches to contemplate the essence of rain through poetry and photography. All of these pluvial explorations past and present are tapped out (to the rhythm of rain drops) on a thrift store portable Italian typewriter by the author who then raises a shot glass of sacramental rain to the liquid sky: to rain!

Here are a few of my favorite rain lines by Love that flowed along the page like the cataloguing of a Walt Whitman poem:

“Rain is wanton, exciting, the sun constant, boring. Rain gallivants, the sun merely beams. Rain inebriates, the sun makes you drowsy. The rain ruins guns, the sun keeps powder dry.”

And later…

“You can slide in rain. You can smear rain, but never touch the sun. Rain sluices gold. Rain foments serenity. Rain launches sedition against conformity.”

By the end of the book, this reader was ready to ditch the umbrella, make a run to the stormy coast the next time it pours, and learn to love rain more in the process. And maybe if she was lucky she’d get a glimpse of a rain shaman braiding her long, seaweedy hair on the shore or the shimmery rainbody of Sonny the Husky gallivanting along the wet sand.
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SM96, May 11, 2014 (view all comments by SM96)
Matt's book, 'Of Walking in Rain' provided me with a guidebook to fall in love with rain all over again. It makes me want to sprint outside the very next time I hear the sound of rain begin to smack against the ground. To completely absorb the rain. So much so that once my clothes were completely saturated, remove them and then truly get as close to rain as possible. Allowing the deluge to drench me as it pounds against my skin.
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Laurel Cates, April 14, 2014 (view all comments by Laurel Cates)
I just read this book on my flight home from Portland to SFO. I loved it. Truth be told I was born and raised in California, I did live in Oregon for 11 years, but I am a die hard sun, sand and beach girl. I have coiffed hair and carry an umbrella in the rain. Something Mr. Love frowns upon. Deeply! So I was surprised at my feelings, my surrender really into Matt Love's book! His passion, candor, desire, need and erotic lust for rain- it's power, gentleness, fury and softness captivated and dare I say turned me into a believer. Something was baptized inside of me after reading this book. Rain is a rarity in the East Bay, but come hell or high water ( pun intended) I will dance in it, drink it in, not fear it, bathe in it and allow Matt's beloved rain to wash over me, change me and drench me with the rain wisdom I have clearly been lacking all these years!
Thanks Matt for a beautiful peek into your soul.
Laurel
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Of Walking in Rain is the latest literary output from the one-man stone Oregon publishing empire that is Matt Love. His devotion to and celebration of all things Beaver State is often infectious (and perhaps ought to be classified as a contagion). His newest work, a stylistic torrent, is a paean to Oregon's "most famous cultural asset" — rain. As he's wont to do in nearly all of his books, Love, amidst the deluge of rain-related reflections, recollections, and rants, offers a veritable flood of opinions on politicians, education and teaching, football, and sex, incorporating no shortage of literary and lyrical allusions to his favorite singers, songs, and scribes (especially Ken Kesey).

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