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READ KINDLE ë Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon ì Want to know where Chuck Palahniuk s tonsils currently reside Been looking for a naked mannequin to hide in your kitchen cabinets Curious about Chuck s debut in an MTV music video What goes on at the Scum Center How do you get to the Apocalypse Caf In the closest thing he may ever write to an autobiography, Chuck Palahniuk provides answers to all these questions and as he takes you through the streets, sewers, and local haunts of Portland, Oregon According to Katherine Dunn, author of the cult classic Geek Love, Portland is the home of America s fugitives and refugees Get to know these folks, the most cracked of the crackpots, as Palahniuk calls them, and come along with him on an adventure through the parts of Portland you might not otherwise believe actually exist No other travel guide will give you this kind of access to a little history, a little legend, and a lot of friendly, sincere, fascinating people who maybe should ve kept their mouths shut Here are strange personal museums, weird annual events, and ghost stories Tour the tunnels under downtown Portland Visit swingers sex clubs, gay and straight See Frances Gabe s famous s Self Cleaning House Look into strange local customs like the I Tit a Rod Race and the Santa Rampage Learn how to talk like a local in a quick vocabulary lesson Get to know, I mean really get to know, the animals at the Portland zooOh, the list goes on and on In short, this collection of non fiction essays is a love letter to Portland If the style of this guide book appeals to you, if the odd, macabre, and sometimes loathsome puts you in just the right mood, if you want an adventure, come to Portland Then read Fugitives and Refugees The rain merely keeps the riff raff out and the green in The battle for Canine Equal Rights has been won The microbrew revolution began here and is thriving And the people are as weird and welcoming as you could eve In short, this collection of non fiction essays is a love letter to Portland If the style of this guide book appeals to you, if the odd, macabre, and sometimes loathsome puts you in just the right mood, if you want an adventure, come to Portland Then read Fugitives and Refugees The rain merely keeps the riff raff out and the green in The battle for Canine Equal Rights has been won The microbrew revolution began here and is thriving And the people are as weird and welcoming as you could ever hope for.As I ve been living here, I have used this book as a lazy Saturday guide book And I check off the places mentioned in each part that I have visited I m still not even a third of the way through.So farAdult Soapbox DerbySanta ConShanghai TunnelsChinese GardenPowell s BookstoreUrban IditarodSaturday Market just to name a few The book hooked me in the Purple Room at Powell s with the first sentence, a quote from fellow Portlander and author Katherine Dunn s Geek Love Everyone in Portland is living a minimum of three lives I m not suggesting anything insidious here, but there are so many references to the other Doubleday author Dunn and her book that the word product placement did cross my mind I was there for a week on a work trip and even then I caught a glimpse of at least three Portlands a fit wealthy The book hooked me in the Purple Room at Powell s with the first sentence, a quote from fellow Portlander and author Katherine Dunn s Geek Love Everyone in Portland is living a minimum of three lives I m not suggesting anything insidious here, but there are so many references to the other Doubleday author Dunn and her book that the word product placement did cross my mind I was there for a week on a work trip and even then I caught a glimpse of at least three Portlands a fit wealthy organic beautiful peopleout doorsy than and escaped from LA crowd mingling with west coast version of Jersey chic think Departure the rooftop restaurant at the Nines a methy, furious anti the Man addict squatter maybe on bike and skateboard crowd mingling with true down and outs and psychotics these, not those documented in this book are the city s most cracked of the crack ups and warm smart lovey but also edgey demanding hugger people, freaky kinky folks who imagine a world without limits who are genuine originals and who are rightly the focus of this book, and who create the vibe that the city s geek squadrons and tech workers ride on Fittingly, then, the book has three voices the tour guide sections to both off the beaten and beaten paths postcards i.e memoir y pure Palahniuk vignettes that worked to insert narrative interest in a book that otherwise reads like a curiosity shop and a third The best parts of the tour guide sections effectively lift the rooftop on a whole world of Portland s quirks and kinks These sections are uneven, though, with some such as the one on gardens that seem so straight up and without a trace of Palahniuk signatures that I wondered if they were added at the publisher s instructions On the books own quirks and kinks I admire a writer who ll slip in the word there re for there are every now n then And I liked the quaint or rebellious commitment to providing telephone numbers for every verge of extinction establishment and individual in the tour guide parts of the book The Portland vocabulary chapter too seemed tacked on to me,like a publisher s gimmick, because it s exactly the kind of thing the establishment people who buy cutesy tour guides love Oh, our cab driver pointed out the smallest park in the world Mill s End park on SW Taylor It s breathtaking You must go there Make a day of it by sitting in the park and reading Chuck s book Just go to Portland I have been there 7 times Just outside of the city are the mountains and waterfalls a five minute drive Perhaps my favorite city in the U.S., it is full of life, culture, hate, and wonder and yet still costs as much as living in Tulsa I plan on moving there after my Bachelor s degree Screw the book, just book a flight. It s a quick read, and a fun primer in parts of Portland s underground and history, mixed with a bit of Palahnuik s attempt at autobiography I actually give this booklike two and a half stars, but since Goodreads doesn t work like Star Search, I don t have that option.The book lost points with me for being uncomfortably seedy in places to put itplainly, a chapter with restaurant recommendations, great local gardens, or tips on how to pronounce local streets was often immediately It s a quick read, and a fun primer in parts of Portland s underground and history, mixed with a bit of Palahnuik s attempt at autobiography I actually give this booklike two and a half stars, but since Goodreads doesn t work like Star Search, I don t have that option.The book lost points with me for being uncomfortably seedy in places to put itplainly, a chapter with restaurant recommendations, great local gardens, or tips on how to pronounce local streets was often immediately followed with a detailed listing of local sex clubs and the like Portland has an entire network of interconnected tunnels that used to be used for opium dens, speakeasy, and shainghai ing sailors into slavery While I like reading about that sort of drama in real life city lore as much as the next gal, this book spent too much time in the proverbial dank tunnels of Portland s pervy on purpose fringe counter culture, and not enough time extolling the virtues of the very cool city that the other 98 percent of us want to explore