Part envionmentaist, part social critic, Grossman examines the implications of dams and their removal in America. Looking Glass Bookstore, 318 SW Taylor, 227-4760, 7 pm, free
Susan Chernak McElroy
McElroy is the author of Heart in the Wild, a book about the ways in which people's encounters with nature and the wild help them reconnect with the earth. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free
Portland's most famous and beloved writer will read from his latest book, Choke, which has just come out in paperback. Twenty-Third Avenue Books, 1015 NW 23rd Ave, 224-6203, 7:30 pm, free
Krassner's Realist, which began publication in 1958, was America's first underground newspaper. It was a haven for writers who wrote with the kind of strong satirical slant, that wouldn't fly in the mainstream press. Contributors included R. Meltzer ("Charles Manson Was My Bunkmate"), Richard Pryor ("Uncle Sam Wants You Dead, Nigger"), Mad Magazine artist Wally Wood ("The Disneyland Memorial Orgy"), and Lenny Bruce.
The Realist published Bruce's obituary while he was still alive, so he could enjoy it. Krassner has been doing media pranks since Negativland was in diapers. His most notorious stunt was publishing "The Parts Left Out of the Kennedy Book," in which he created the rumor that LBJ humped JFK's bullet wounds--and the mass media had a hell of a time refuting it, since they were afraid of actually saying it out loud.
His latest bit of censorship trouble came when he asked Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson, to introduce him before a stand-up appearance. Castellaneta, using Homer's voice, obliged, saying he had "...a problem with the fact that he is an atheist. If there is no God, then who has placed a pox upon me and mocks me every day? Of whom do I live in mortal fear and terror? Buddha? I think not! He's way over in China, where, thankfully, he can't get at me." The introduction was recorded for Krassner's new CD (Irony Lives! from Artemis Records), but FOX TV got wind of it, and insisted the track be removed. mp3 and RealAudio files of the missing track promptly and mysteriously popped up on the internet, and now more people will hear it than if it were on CD. FOX's attempt to quash the track backfired into a perfect publicity buzz for Krassner's book tour. It almost makes you wonder if Krassner cooked the whole thing up himself, doesn't it? DAN HOWLAND. fri 7/12, Artichoke Music, 3130 SE Hawthorne, 232-3069, 7pm, $35; sat 7/13, Old Church, 1422 SW 11 Ave, 222-2031, 8 pm, $13
Bill Porter has an amazing story of overcoming cerebral palsy, and becoming a door-to-door salesman, and Shelley Brady, a close personal friend, has written a book about him. Both Brady and Porter will be at the reading. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free
Debra Magpie Earling
Earling's novel, Perma Red, is the coming of age story of a woman in the 1940s on an Indian reservation. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free
Black River is the story of Frank Corso, a reporter who witnessed the trial of a man accused of 63 counts of murder. Powell's-Beaverton, 8725 SW Cascade Ave, 643-3131, 7:30 pm, free
Stephen L. Carter
The Emperor of Ocean Park is a story set in the upper-crust African-American society of Martha's Vineyard. Carter is a fantastic writer. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, 228-4651, 7:30 pm, free