Oregon Review

January 29, 2018

       I had known the late Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018) for about twenty years before I had the pleasure of visiting her at home. We met at an author’s event in Portland in the 1990s where my first book from a university press, Northwest Birds in Winter, sat in near-solitary splendor escorted by whatever oddments of checklists and ephemera I could scrape together to make myself look like a legitimate writer. I had two things going for me. The first was that my table was very near hers, which was good in itself because I wanted to meet her. I had enjoyed her books since I was a teenager. The second was that her table, stacked and piled with all manner of famous books, was the anchor of the event and drew lots of customers.

       Let’s call it gilt by association.

       We had a nice chat that day. She stopped by my table on her courteous tour of the works of other writers. That led to my discovery that she enjoyed birds, as I do, and also liked to vi...

May 24, 2017

(from the archives of The Oregon Review. Feb. 28, 2017)

Milo in Hell


MILO: Milo Yiannopolous, famous political creature

UNDERDEVIL: Deputy Underdevil for Admissions, North Gate of Hades               


Spare, nearly empty office or kiosk with space for a computer screen on a desk or table, chairs for the Deputy Underdevil and for the interviewee, Milo.

UNDERDEVIL: [looks toward stage door] NEXT !  [Milo enters and sits at the admission desk.]

UNDERDEVIL: Nice pearls.

MILO:  Thanks, a Brother gave them to me.

UNDERDEVIL:  Your brother gave you pearls?

MILO:  No, Brother Fleurmquist.  He was at the church for a while.

UNDERDEVIL:  Oh, a priest gave you pearls?  Maybe he’s here.

MILO: A monk, actually.

UNDERDEVIL: I don’t recognize the name, could be Upstairs.

MILO:  I wouldn’t think so.

UNDERDEVIL:  Oh, many of them go Upstairs, you’d be surprised.

MILO:  That’s f...

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