Oregon Quarterly (www.oregonquarterly.com)

Jesse Sugarmann. Production still, "We Build Excitement" (Wonder Valley, CA), 2014, photograph by Emily Wobb

Requiem for a Muscle Car (originally published August 2015)

Sugarmann created a requiem for Pontiac Motors in this installation. The project he proposed was taking the idea of a car accident and magnifying it to a corporate scale. “So thinking of a car accident on the highway as a traumatic event that makes two cars disappear,” he says, “and then treating the end of the car corporation—the dissolution of Pontiac—as a giant conceptual car accident that makes hundreds of thousands of cars disappear.”

Lake Oswego Review (www.lakeoswegoreview.com)

Five Americans in Riga (originally published on June 11, 2015)

“I walked down cobbled alleyways too narrow for the Peugeot taxi vans that shimmied down them. I saw some of the most handsome architecture I’ve ever witnessed, like St. Peter’s Church with its rusted mint-green spire in Riga, the pink Parliament Building in Tallinn and Helsinki’s Temppeliaukio Church, which is literally built into solid rock.”

Country duo Cloverdayle returns to West Linn (originally published on April 30, 2015)

“People are always asking Chad Hamar, half of the husband-wife country duo Cloverdayle, why he doesn’t sing about tailgates and tanlines, like the other country stars. For Cloverdayle, country music isn’t necessarily about the normal country lifestyle. Besides, people in the Pacific Northwest typically don’t tan.”

‘A Life Short & Loud’ (originally published on April 30, 2015)

Different cultures beget similar issues (originally published on April 30, 2015)

The Daily Emerald (http://dailyemerald.com/)

Review: Crimson and ‘Cloverfield’ (originally published on March 13, 2016)

“The bunker is like a time capsule from the Atomic Age, with amenities like Howard’s anachronistic jukebox, a collection of VHS tapes and a handful of rain-damaged magazines for tweens, increasingly vandalized in pen. And the film holds a disquieting emphasis on the ambient sound: the hum in an air duct, the nasal drone of a generator, the tight clenching of Howard’s fat, veiny fists when he gets irritated.”

Rewriting Wikipedia’s gender gap: UO feminists converge for edit-a-thon (originally published on March 3, 2016)

“In 2011, the Wikimedia Foundation found that only 9 percent of its editors and fewer than 13 percent of its writers are female. This means the majority of Wikipedia’s nearly 5 million articles  — relied upon by students, researchers and late-night Internet browsers every day — are penned by men. This skews the site’s content toward men, said Eugene resident and amateur Wiki editor Vicki Amorose. It can mean articles on men are longer and better researched.”

Q&A: ‘Hardcore History’s’ Dan Carlin on the 2016 election (originally published on February 29, 2016)

“Dan Carlin – unquestionably Eugene’s most prolific podcaster – is the host of Hardcore History, a contemplative analysis of events throughout world history, and Common Sense, which has Carlin waxing on U.S. politics. Both are in the top 10 most-downloaded podcasts in their respective genres on iTunes.”

Review: The very Human Performance of Parquet Courts (originally published on February 25, 2016)

“It’s easy to call Parquet Courts one of the best punk bands of this generation, but they are so much more than that. With the combination of impeccable guitar playing, articulate stoner-poet lyricism and intelligent social commentary (beautifully contrasted with songs like “Stoned And Starving”), Parquet Courts is one of the best bands alive today. Human Performance should further cement its legacy.”

How UO graduates are taking part in the electric car revolution (originally published on January 18, 2016)

“There’s something particularly sci-fi about the Arcimoto office and its development bay, and it’s not just the Doctor Who tardis installed in the foyer, or the fact that the SRK looks like something that Harrison Ford’s character from Blade Runner would drive. The futurology of Arcimoto’s character becomes palpable when you watch Frohnmayer in his 2012 TEDx talk; he speaks very frankly about how we may not own vehicles in the future, but instead rely upon an Uber-style app that delivers a fleet of self-driving, all-electric cars to chauffeur us around.”

The future of Oregon’s cannabis cuisine (originally published on January 6, 2016)

“I can’t think of any commodity in the modern market that is even close to the complexity of this one,” said Voelker, lab director of Oregon Growers Analytical. “There is no precedent in this country for delivering a medicine – a pharmaceutical – in high doses in cake, ice cream, in root beer.”

Q&A with comics studies professor Michael Allan (originally published on September 30, 2015)

“The classic conundrum of Babar is the classic story of colonialism. Jean de Brunhoff wrote it in the 1930s. He was Belgian. It was the height of the Belgian colonization of the Congo. Babar is an elephant who learns to walk on two feet and is “civilized” with his encounter with this old white woman He returns as a king to his people and trains them all on this “civilizing mission.” We read Babar with that question in mind: In the character arc of the story, noble savage takes on trappings of civilization and returns to his camp – that classic anthropological cliché.”

Q&A with ‘Black Lives Matter’ seminar professor Daniel HoSang (originally published on September 30, 2015)

When the Black Lives Matter representatives met with Hillary Clinton, it seemed like both sides were telling each other that they needed the other one to tell them what to do. Mainstream democrats and white liberals, in particular, have quite intentionally shied away from race and racial inequality. That’s where the sentiment comes from the BLM activist, which is ‘You have to take initiative and figure out why it’s important and what role it’s going to take in your platform.’ And that’s the same thing they said to Bernie Sanders. That’s part of what challenged him. If you’re really going to represent everyone and be a progressive leader, you have to have something to say about this.”

Electro group Motion Trap set for take off in Sam Bond’s Garage (originally published on September 7, 2015)

PALEBLUEDOT, which came out earlier this year, invites the listener on a dance-pop odyssey. Outer space is a true constant in the album; the reverberating electric guitar in “Echoes” recalls Phoenix’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix and cascades like a flaming bolide in the night, while wobble-bass jam “The Waltz” is grounded with the gravity of heavy house beats. Even Star Wars’ Admiral Ackbar makes a cameo on “It’s A Trap” in a sample of his famous Return of the Jedi one-liner and also to shout out the band’s name.

Review: Paranoid Android – ‘Mr. Robot’ is basic cable’s best show (originally published on September 2, 2015)

“Elliot’s social anxiety is tangible; he’s tinged with some haphephobia, constantly sidestepping and avoiding contact with strangers. He ambles down the NYC sidewalks with his head down, like a messiah in a hoodie. In his Chinatown apartment, Elliot occupies himself with his fish QWERTY, passively socializing with strangers and friends through his computer by hacking into their personal lives without their knowledge, and doing lines of morphine. Characters welcome!”

Q&A with Jeff Alworth, author of ‘The Beer Bible’ (originally published August 10, 2015)

“What do you think the next big fad in craft beer will be? I don’t think there will be another fad. I don’t think IPAs are ever going to be supplanted. One of the things I learned as I traveled around the world is that countries with a really established beer culture do not make a hugely broad range of beers. When you go to England, they make English cask ale. When you go to Belgium, they make Belgian ales. When we talk about American beers, we’re talking about hoppy pales and IPAs. As we go forward, you’re probably going to see fewer other kinds of beer and people’s preferences will tilt more toward these. That’s my guess. It’s a pattern.”

Of spies and men: ‘Deutschland 83’ is wunderbar (originally published August 6, 2015)

“In Deutschland 83, an eight-part program airing on SundanceTV and set in Germany in 1983, warheads are poised and aimed at other countries in a worldwide standoff while Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” is droning on the supermarket speakers. The Berlin Wall is still standing and the communist East and capitalist West Germany couldn’t be more diametrically opposed. The threat of mutually assured destruction makes everyone exceptionally paranoid, and the real-life history hardly defuses any tension.”

Titus Andronicus explores new aesthetic of anxiety in ‘The Most Lamentable Tragedy’ (originally published July 30, 2015)

“Tragedy is an excellent counterpart to The Monitor, a lo-fi and relentlessly vicious concept album that likens the brutality and violence of the Civil War to the all-around bummer of living in Jersey. Take, for example, the Monitor’s third track; it’s bookended with (a) a warbly reading of a letter from Abraham Lincoln, in which he pouts, “I am now the most miserable man living,” and (b) the whole band sing-screaming the panicky refrain “You will always be a loser!” nearly thirty consecutive times. The group is not only a skilled conductor of musicianship, but of storytelling as well. Whereas Monitor was a barbaric feat, Tragedy is polished and manicured, but still remarkably savage. It’s wildly ambitious and pays off handsomely. It’s a tragedy, but it’s undoubtedly a triumph.”

Working in Tandem: How the UO and students are working to improve Eugene’s bike access (originally published July 27, 2015)

“In 2012, LiveMove, a student group that focuses on transportation and livability issues within the community — began drafting a report to dramatically renovate the avenue. The redesign recommended installing a two-way bike path to streamline the campus commute along the 10 blocks.”

PBR stains the mountaintops in 2015 Project Pabst music fest (originally published July 20, 2015)

“The second annual incarnation of Project Pabst finished last night in southwest Portland’s Zidell Yards. Weezer, Blondie, Run the Jewels and Passion Pit were among the acts that played during the two-day music festival. Temperatures lingered in the high 90s both Saturday and Sunday (July 18-19.) For most attendees, the experience was oftentimes comparable to being an ant scurrying under a magnifying glass (and drinking beer in the process). Many strolled around with the cracked-out confidence of Dennis Hopper’s character in Blue Velvet. Pabst flowed throughout festival grounds; Pabst was gargled by the fluid ton and Pabst stained the mountaintops. The blue-ribbon winner could be found almost everywhere.”

Preview and Q&A: Paul Thomas Anderson’s films & influences to be screened in Portland series (originally published on July 10, 2015)

PTA supposedly watched Treasure of the Sierra Madre every day during filming of There Will Be Blood. Why isn’t it included in this series? Treasure was certainly on the long list of films that Morgen and I were considering for the series. At the end of the day, we became more enamored by the comparison between Giant and Blood for a couple of reasons. Anderson chose to shoot Blood in Marfa, Texas where George Stevens had shot Giant a half century earlier. Also comparing the two narratives is endlessly fascinating. Both films contain a birth of the oil/land barons theme, but Blood takes the ruination aspect found in Giant to a larger stage, playing it out beyond just the personal destruction of an individual, to illuminate more modern concerns like environmental impacts and all too human impulse to endlessly exploit natural resources.”

A brew fit for a Viking: UO grads who now brew braggot (originally published on June 29, 2015)

“Although they’re surrounded by a lab of high-end brewing technology, the employees of Viking Braggot, Eugene’s only braggot brewery, don’t need to use swords and axes to hack pumpkins and squashes. They just do it for the hell of it.”

Olivia Asuncion breaks new ground in flawed system (originally published on June 16, 2015)

““I, for one, have been in many fire drills and evacuations where I definitely did not know what to do or where to go,” said Asuncion, who graduated from the University of Oregon with a master’s degree in architecture on Monday. She has a condition called osteogenesis imperfecta, which results in brittle bones that are more prone to injury.”

Sea of Love: Why ‘Gone Girl’ might be the best noir film in years (originally published on October 6, 2014) 

“Watching a David Fincher movie is a sensory experience with inordinate stylistic cues. Cicadas buzz in the trees over the sound of shouting journalists. A bird chirping chokes out a woman’s scream. Nick wears a large “MISSING: AMY DUNNE” button during a candlelight vigil, and it awkwardly hangs on his blazer’s lapel, cumbersome and almost mocking.”

Ear Buds: How adults with ADHD found relief through podcasting (originally published on November 13, 2014)

“As four adults who have been diagnosed with ADHD, they share some similar symptoms. They’re impulsive. (When he tests his microphone levels, Owen bursts into song without much provocation). They’re prone to distraction. They’re sporadically inattentive (or hyper-focused). Their brains are churning information at a rate that outpaces their mouths. Oftentimes, they paused mid-sentence and struggled to think of a specific word or how to explain something.”

Bad Men: How to design a secret lair (originally published on November 6, 2014) 

““In essence, it’s a huge show of money and power,” said Van Sandt of Tony Montana’s palatial 7,000-square-foot abode. The home includes buildings to impress guests and clientele. These sections are much more ostentatious, while the living situation is more operable and private in comparison.“I definitely want a cocaine vault somewhere, too, but I haven’t gotten around to it,” he said. “There’s definitely going to be a vault.””

Review: For those about to dance, Chromeo salutes you (originally published on October 30, 2014)

“Macklovitch and Gemayel have debonair kind-of camaraderie; they take care of each other, fix each other’s collars and lean back-to-back while they play their shiny guitars. The lyrical content is monothematic, mostly written about trivial guy-at-a-party problems. It’s silly, but ultimately endearing.”

School of Architecture and Allied Arts – University of Oregon (http://aaa.uoregon.edu/news)

A Machine is a Wetland for Parking in (originally published February 13, 2014)

“A typical parking garage is not good for aesthetics, urban livability, or Mother Nature. Muller calls it the most environmentally ‘problematic’ building type. Yet, the paradoxical vision of this studio is to create an operational garage that both serves human needs and directly benefits its natural environment.”

UO alumnus finds work designing all-electric vehicle with Tesla Motors (originally published October 6, 2014)

“The automobile industry will likely gravitate toward production of electric vehicles in coming years. For now, many drivers of gas-guzzling automotives can experience something known as “carbon guilt,” the shame an ecologically minded person feels when forced to do something entirely unsustainable and, ultimately, bad for the environment. Is it sensible? “The way I see it, no,” says Ryan Lynch, head of Tesla Motors Craftsmanship studio.”

Adrenaline Film Project (originally published May 6, 2014)

“Minutes after Orien leaves for soccer practice, the actor who plays the landlord arrives. Cass instructed him to dress trashy. He wears a wife beater and an unbuttoned Hawaiian shirt. He has a ponytail and a scruffy black beard. He plays the single mother’s landlord in the film. He’s about to be smacked in the head with a teakettle and bleed onto the floor. His name is Jackson, and he is a stuntman.”

Envision – University of Oregon (envisionjournalism.com)

Good Day Sunshine: Oregon Country Fair’s Solar Pinwheel (originally published Sept. 22, 2014)

“’It’s a very relaxed environment [conducive] to that kind of conversation,’ Micklavzina says. ‘My gut feeling would be that people who go to the country fair are a more open audience and more inquisitive.’”

The Channels – Santa Barbara City College (thechannels.org)

Get to know your mother better: a review of ‘August: Osage County’ (originally published on October 18, 2012)

“Violet and her daughter Barbara, played by Anne Guynn, are two of the most notable performances. The two women are constantly battling in a titillating power dynamic tug-of-war. Guynn, in particular, is absolutely phenomenal. Barbara is afflicted with severe mental and physical exhaustion that come from coping with multiple family crises and the oppressive Osage County heat.”

SBCC ties for first nationwide for 2013 Aspen Institute award (originally published on March 19, 2013)

“Wyner cited City College’s job preparation for students and transfer rate to four-year colleges. 64 percent of first-time full-time students transfer or graduate within three years at City College compared with the national average of 40 percent.”

Homeless in Santa Barbara (homelessinsb.org)

BikeStation Closes its Showers (originally published on November 3, 2012)

“The Santa Barbara BikeStation has temporarily shut down its shower and restroom facilities due to multiple complaints about homeless people taking advantage of the amenities.”

Santa Barbara Independent (independent.com)

Sneak Peak: PAPA’s ‘Tender Madness’ (originally published on July 23, 2013)

“I love this country very much and there are a lot of things that upset me about it,’ Weiss said last week via phone, ‘probably like any real long-term relationship that anyone’s got.'”

Q&A: Getting to Know Kitten (originally published on July 16, 2013)

Academic Essays

Meditations in an Emergency: The Trouble with AMC (submitted on October 19, 2013)

“The tragedy for AMC is that a good drama is hard to find. To find something that’ll fit right, the network needs something provocative and intelligent. … AMC’s shift as a cable network venue, from classic films to innovative and creative drama, was unanticipated. They took chances on shows that other networks had turned down, and their investment could not have been more fruitful. However, this may be the twilight of AMC’s creative stretch, as the executives stagger onward, hungry for new prospects – ideally, something with brains.”

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