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Scratch Pad: Coast Weekend hiring freelancers

Coast Weekend is hiring freelancers to write one to three stories per month and help paint the arts-and-entertainment landscape of the Columbia-Pacific region.

We’re looking for writers who can blend dispassionate reporting with a lively...

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Word Nerd: Dock
Word Nerd: Dock

Dock [dɒk]

Scratch Pad: Mary Todd’s passes from one personal storyteller to another
Scratch Pad: Mary Todd’s passes from one personal storyteller to another

When I learned last week that Mary Todd, owner of Mary Todd’s Workers Bar & Grill, had agreed to sell the tavern to Astoria author Diana Kirk, my reaction was something like: “No way!” followed by, “That’s...

Scratch Pad: ‘Doubt’ provokes moral outrage, inspires discussion
Scratch Pad: ‘Doubt’ provokes moral outrage, inspires discussion

John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt, A Parable,” a play showing in Nehalem and the subject of this issue’s cover story (see Page 8), is a unsettling piece of theater, and not simply because it involves whether a priest molested a...

Word Nerd: Skamokawa
(Aka “Smoke on the water”)
Scratch Pad: ‘The Mountain Shadow’ a disappointing sequel
Scratch Pad: ‘The Mountain Shadow’ a disappointing sequel

I finally got around to reading “The Mountain Shadow,” Gregory David Roberts’ long-promised sequel to his gorgeous 2003 debut novel, “Shantaram.”

And, I regret to report, the book is so bad it almost makes me...

Word Nerd: ‘Rilea’
Word Nerd: ‘Rilea’

Rilea  [Raɪ•li•ə]

noun

1. Major General Thomas E. Rilea: born in Illinois in 1896, Maj. Gen. Rilea spent most of his life in Salem and then Astoria, Oregon, and was a major figure in the...

To public artists: Thanks for letting us judge you

I’m trying to imagine what it would be like to write this column with several dozen pairs of eyes on me — scrutinizing my expression, second-guessing my word choices, judging my abilities. Would I block them out, or treat myself to a...

Word Nerd: Hex

Hex [hɛks]

Scratch Pad: The creative impulse
Scratch Pad: The creative impulse

My writing first appeared in Coast Weekend on July 21, 2011, when I worked as The Daily Astorian’s summer intern. It was a “Shanghaied in Astoria” preview — a centerspread I proudly laminated, framed and mounted on my...

Word Nerd: Albacore
Word Nerd: Albacore

Albacore [æl•bə•koʊr]

noun

1. Also known as the longfin tuna because of its unusually long pectoral fins, the Thunnus alalunga of the order Perciformes is a commercially valuable and...

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Scratch Pad: Coast Weekend hiring freelancers

Coast Weekend is hiring freelancers to write one to three stories per month and help paint the arts-and-entertainment landscape of the...

A mixed reaction to Willamette Week piece

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Word Nerd: Tillicum

Tillicum [ti•lə̇•kəm]

Word Nerd: Dock

Dock [dɒk]