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Original Essays | September 4, 2014

Edward E. Baptist: IMG The Two Bodies of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism



My new book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, is the story of two bodies. The first body was the new... Continue »
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Jason Porter

  1. Why Are You So Sad?
    Used Trade Paper $10.50

February 21, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

1005 W Burnside St. Portland, OR 503 228 4651

Why Are You So Sad? (Plume), Jason Porter's uproarious, intelligent debut, centers on Raymond Champs, an illustrator of assembly manuals, who is charged with a huge task: to determine whether or not the world needs saving. It comes to him in the midst of a losing battle with insomnia — everybody he knows, and maybe everybody on the planet, is suffering from severe clinical depression. He's nearly certain something has gone wrong. It's in the water, or it's in the mosquitoes, or maybe in the ranch-flavored snack foods. And what if we are all too sad and dispirited to do anything about it? Reminiscent of Gary Shteyngart, George Saunders, and Douglas Coupland, Porter's debut is an acutely perceptive and sharply funny meditation on what makes people tick.


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