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Kim Kardashian, North West, and Kanye West, Los Angeles, 2014. From Annie Liebovitz Portraits 2005-2016 © Annie Leibovitz/Trunk Archive

House Industries: The Process is the Inspiration 

by Andy Cruz, Rich Roat and Den Barber. Watson-Guptill, $50.

Do you have a book moldering away in a desk drawer? Or perhaps trapped in your laptop, languishing in a digital world of ones and zeroes, never to see light of day?

To keep your genius to yourself is a great disservice to the world, and these days, with self-publishing easier than ever, there’s no reason to deprive the world of your voice.

Ecological calamity has come to planet Koda. The climate is scorched and uninhabitable. Domes cover Koda’s major population centers, and martial law prevails. Anti-anxiety medications waft through public transportation like air freshener, and shady government agents lurk around every corner to keep the population in check.

This is where When All Else Fails, a sci-fi novel by Eugene author Howard Libes, begins.

The local marijuana community has been reeling following revelations that a local cannabis-testing lab is owned by an alleged white supremacist.

After allegations that Bethany Sherman of OG Analytical has been involved with white supremacist groups, numerous cannabis businesses and organization came forward to distance themselves from the controversial company, including a few who refuse to conduct future business with OG Analytical.

The song of a blind bard in ancient Greece still echoes through the halls of imagination and the chambers of our minds. Homer’s Odyssey, epic in every sense of the word, resonates in the 21st century on a deep level, speaking to the universality of human dilemmas across time.

On Feb. 26, Rod Adams was awakened by a Eugene police officer, arrested for trespass and taken to jail.

This incident was nothing new for Adams, a homeless man, who has been ticketed or arrested more than 40 times for a variety of minor, nonviolent crimes since moving to Eugene nine years ago. 

In early February, a quiet but prominent company made an announcement: 1,000 new stores were to open throughout the remainder of 2017, surpassing the 900 it opened last year. One of those stores opened this summer in Creswell, another in Oakridge, although neither one is a town booming with wealth.

 

Fiction

 

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Grove Press, $25.

 

Nonfiction

 

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Knopf, $15.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) sent a warning letter to the City of Oakridge on Nov.

• It’s cold outside and the volunteers of the Egan Warming Center have being going nonstop trying to keep the unhoused in our community warm. Consider donating or volunteering to this valuable service. Here at EW we get reports the University of Oregon students can’t afford to buy food, Lane Community College students who are homeless (LCC has an Egan Center to help with that), veterans who are still on the street and families who don’t have homes for Christmas.

The Springfield Roughnecks (formerly Springfield Redneck Revolt) is a grassroots community defense project made up of working-class folk dedicated to building stronger communities in Springfield and throughout Lane County. This is in response to the recent Weekly article “Antifa,” (10/19) which I feel misrepresented the Springfield Roughnecks by implying that we are an “Antifa” organization.

Violinist Lindsey Stirling has a presence from another time — a magic that emulates the innocence of awe and wonder. She twirls like a ballerina on stage and entrances audiences with the intricate spells cast by her violin. And, for a split second, you’re caught thinking that the stories in fairytales really do exist.

FAREWELL, SHEKLOW

It was with mixed feelings that I read Sally Sheklow’s annual Thanksgiving column (EW, 11/22). Her contributions to the Eugene Weekly have always been, for me, the highlight of your publication. Her writing covered local, global, personal, political and societal matters. And this was her last column for the Weekly.

The quality of Sheklow’s pieces, plus their timeliness, has contributed excellence to the Weekly’s material.  

Singin’ in the Rain is my favorite musical. The film is the ultimate combination of singing, choreography, comedy and charisma among actors Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor and the rest of the cast, and it brings to life the Roaring ’20s even though the movie is so noticeably filmed on a 1950s Hollywood lot. 

It was strangely disorienting for me to visit the Our Lives in Paint exhibition of art by Eugene husband and wife painters Mark Clarke and Margaret Coe, which runs through April 1 at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

Curated by JSMA associate curator Danielle Knapp, the show examines two well-known local painters whose lives and careers have stood firmly at the heart of Eugene’s art world for decades.

As a 36-year-old straight woman with autism, I am often misidentified as lesbian because my social signaling must read as masculine. I am not bothered by this. However, it is annoying when someone who should know better thinks I would hide it if I were LGBTQ. I’m very direct and honest—sometimes to my detriment—and the idea that I would hide something so fundamental about myself is abhorrent to me. I don’t consider myself disabled; I am different than most people but not broken.

What is the sole water source for Eugene? 

I didn’t know the answer either, and I actually live on the McKenzie. Like you, I know now: the McKenzie River. 

The skies may have been sunny so far this month, but let’s face it: It’s been a dark and stormy year, and given our usual winter weather, the gloom is likely to remain with us for a while.

Forty-plus protesters lined the sidewalks Dec. 7 outside of the Verizon Wireless store on Coburg Road. The group was opposing the upcoming Federal Communications Commission decision that would repeal the current rules of net neutrality, which prohibit internet providers from speeding up or slowing down access to content. 

If you head down the back stairwell, continue into the basement and wander through the underground halls of First Christian Church on a late Sunday morning, you’ll hear sounds of food being chopped and wrapped and realize you’ve come across the Burrito Brigade, a group of volunteers making hundreds of burritos for the hungry. 

The question is no longer whether Eugene needs a performance auditor; it’s who that auditor will answer to. The group City Accountability has a measure on the May ballot for an independent, elected auditor, and the Eugene City Council is deciding whether it will add a competing measure for an appointed performance auditor on the ballot. 

Dec. 21 marks the solstice, the traditional beginning of winter. In most of the northern hemisphere this means a quiet, cold time of the year, but in western Oregon it signifies the beginning of our alternate growing season. All the plants that require watering by rainfall begin their peak growth period; lichens, mosses and liverworts are the most prominent.