Things to Do Wednesday!

Kick It with the Thorns
Wildfang kicks off their new partnership with the Portland Thorns with an evening of drinks, music, and a chance to meet a few select players from the team.
7 pm, Wildfang, free

Amen Dunes, Okay Kaya
New York musician Damon McMahon brings his shapeshifting psych-folk and indie-rock project back through Portland in support of his acclaimed 2018 full-length, Freedom.
9 pm, Doug Fir, $15

There is the idea of Rocky, and then there's the 1976 original. The idea is built up over decades of caricature via both audiences and Rock's creator, Sylvester Stallone. And thanks to Stallone's constant alternating between identifying with his Italian Stallion (Rocky, Rocky Balboa, and Creed, the best film in the series, fight me) and being ashamed of him (all the other movies but especially the third and fourth), the character is not unlike Godzilla: fondly recalled as a lumbering, nonverbal implement of destruction, celebrated most for his stupidest exploits. And like Godzilla, all that cartoon bullshit just... goes away when you experience John G. Avildsen's quiet domestic drama (!) about a few broken, forgotten, disrespected people fumbling towards feeling like human fucking beings for just a little while. Yeah, there's a massive (and massively unrealistic) boxing match at the end, scored with some of the most uplifting film music ever composed. But Rocky is great not because it's a greasy, jingoistic, incoherently masturbatory celebration of Stallone's worst impulses (that's IV). It's great because it's one of the most human films the 1970s ever produced, and that's saying a hell of a lot. BOBBY ROBERTS Screens as part of the PDX Drive-In Movie Spectacular. 6:30 pm, Portland Expo Center, $5 per individual, $13 per carload

Surfer Rosie, Long Neck, Fern Mayo, Cool American
A pair of East Coast DIY outfits bring their heartfelt indie rock, punk, and power pop through the Black Water Bar for an all-ages show rounded out by likeminded locals Surfer Rosie and Cool American.
7 pm, Black Water Bar, $6-10, all ages

The Nowhere Band presents: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Members of MarchFourth!, Saloon Ensemble, Love Gigantic, Stereovision, Stolen Sweets, Eels, and more present a full-orchestral tribute to the Beatles and the Summer of Love, featuring a performance of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety followed by a smorgasbord of '60s favorites from the likes of The Who, the Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, the Byrds, and the Kinks.
9 pm, Alberta Rose Theatre, $23-40

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Neighborhood Association Opposes New City Rules on Developer Outreach

Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

The Overlook Neighborhood Association (ONA) strongly opposes new city rules about when and how developers notify neighbors about coming construction plans.

Under current rules, developers with buildings of a certain size are required to mail notifications to the relevant neighborhood association, and for some, require a public meeting. The new rules would be a little more flexible for renters, allowing notification by email and physical signs near the proposed development, and putting the responsibility for setting up public meetings on developers instead of the neighborhood associations. Though some Portlanders support the decentralizing changes, at least one neighborhood association is fighting the shift.

“The new code would create a fractured neighborhood communication system that would make it difficult for any single resident to keep up with all development in a neighborhood,” wrote ONA chair Christian Trejbal in submitted testimony to the city about the rule change.

But the change also intends to hold more developers accountable. The city’s current rules only require developers notify neighbors and participate in neighborhood meetings when a proposed building is over 40,000 square feet. If implemented, the rule change will require developers proposing buildings between 10,000 and 25,000 square feet to notify neighbors, and developers with a building over 25,000 square feet need to hold a neighborhood meeting.

The draft changes include a shift in how the notifications are delivered, allowing email and regular mail notifications and requiring on-site, physical notice of the coming development to anyone who passes by. The previous system required only a certified letter to the neighborhood association, which then had a limited amount of time to respond and request a neighborhood meeting—leaving anyone outside the circle of the association unaware of the communications.

“Right now the only people who find out are those in the communication network of the neighborhood association,” says Sara Wright, the code change project manager at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. “That’s a really small universe of people.”

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Trump Hates All Americans Equally


Also: Sanders can't guarantee that there isn't a tape out there of Trump using the n-word. And she can't guarantee that because there almost certainly is a tape out there of Trump using the -n-word. Take it away, CNN:

As President Donald Trump faced allegations of racism and cruelty on Tuesday, his press secretary stepped to the White House podium to deny only one of those charges... But her defense—that Trump has insulted people of all races, not just African-Americans—only underscored how the President and his aides have embraced his caustic attitude...

Asked Tuesday whether the President had ever used the N-word, Sanders would not definitively say, instead referring reporters to a tweet. "The President addressed that question directly," she said, adding: "I've never heard him use that term or anything similar." Pressed specifically on whether any recording of the President using the racial epithet exists, Sanders said: "I can't guarantee anything, but I can tell you that the President addressed this question directly."

What will happen if a tape of Trump using the n-word surfaces? Nothing, like David Roberts says...

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The Air Outside Sucks Right Now

At 12:27 pm today (Tuesday, August 14), the National Weather Service issued an Air Quality Advisory, which is in effect until noon tomorrow (Wednesday, August 15). Their advice? The air sucks right now, as you can probably tell by looking out your window. Smoke from wildfires in Washington State has been drifting into the Portland area, and light winds will keep it coming our way until tomorrow, when conditions should improve.

You can also take a look at the current air quality index, calculated by the DEQ and the Oregon Health Authority. As of 1 pm today (see image above), we are at a deep red "Unhealthy," which sounds awful, but keep in mind that it could be worse: there's the bruised-violet "Very Unhealthy" ranking, before it maxes out at clotted-blood "Hazardous," at which point we all cower inside and take deep hits directly from our air purifiers.

Portland Parks & Recreation issued a press release stating that today's programs are continuing as planned, and outdoor pools are currently open. But they're moving some of their programs indoors, if possible, and will post updates on Portland's Inclement Weather web page.

So basically, stay indoors if you can, and if you're going outside, don't exert yourself too much. If you've got plans to run a marathon today, keep your eye on any updates to the air quality index. If the map looks like red wine's been spilled on it, maybe reconsider.

After Legalization, Californians Are Still Buying Black-Market Weed

California cannabis delivery service Eaze recently issued a report looking at how many people in California are still sourcing their cannabis through the unregulated marketplace, and why. SF Gate broke down the report's numbers.

The report reveals that 84 percent of California consumers are "very satisfied" with the recreational cannabis program eight months after its inception on January 1, 2018. Yet an average of 18 percent of consumers are still obtaining their cannabis via the unregulated marketplace. (Northern California residents at 16 percent, Southern California at 21 percent.)

They're doing so because of "lower prices" (90 percent), "lower taxes" (89 percent) and, surprisingly, "operating hours" (78 percent). And it's working for them, as 84 percent say they would return to this source for their cannabis needs.

The report also states that "a 5 percent reduction in the overall tax rate in California could move nearly a quarter of illicit market supporters (23 percent) to make only legal market purchases. Conversely, a 5 percent increase in the overall tax rate in California could drive nearly a third of exclusive legal market consumers (32 percent) to unlicensed sources." Seeing as how the rent is too damn high in every part of California, savings count.

Access is a factor, as Eaze reports: "1 in 6 California consumers (17 percent) purchased from an unlicensed source after state legalization due to local laws that restricted access to legal cannabis."

Those happy with their dispensary purchases report being "highly satisfied with labeling (85 percent) and testing (75 percent)."

A recreational cannabis program which failures to offer uniform access to all legal, of-age consumers statewide fails to take into account that doing so only feeds the unregulated marketplace. Reducing taxes, lessening the financial burden upon growers, processors, and dispensaries, and ensuring easy access to tested, certified products is the way you can avoid sitting on a futon waiting for Gary to weigh out your weed into a plastic sandwich baggie.

The full Eaze study can be read here.

Good Morning News: Terrorism in England, Bridge Collapse in Italy, Oregon is Still on Fire

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Local residents show their support for firefighters near the Taylor Creek Fire
A sign supporting firefighters near the Taylor Creek Fire US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region / Darren Stebbins

Good Morning, Portland! It's going to be a scorcher today—it could get up to 100 degrees, so stay indoors and hide from the vile, evil sun. Let's get to the news!

Another car attack in England: A man swerved into a row of cyclists and people in Westminster early on Tuesday near the Parliament building. Several were injured but no one has died. Witnesses say the attack appeared deliberate, and police have arrested one man on suspected terrorism charges.

Turkey's president and our president are fighting right now about all kinds of things, including tariffs, the war in Syria, an American minister imprisoned in Turkey, and Trump's continuous attacks on NATO. But hey, at least the prez can pronounce Turkey's name, unlike Bhutan and Nepal, which he apparently pronounces as "Button" and "Nipple."

A Baltimore cop resigned after video surfaced of his unprovoked and brutal beating of a man in the street.

A Floridian with a gun was charged with manslaughter despite arguments that he was merely "standing his ground" when he shot and killed a Black man during a dispute in a convenience store parking lot.

Climate change could have some unexpected impacts, including more food contamination and more car accidents, according to a recent study.

Terrifying: A highway bridge built in the 1960s has collapsed in Italy, killing 20. The collapse occurred during a heavy rainstorm in the section of the bridge that crosses a river.

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Things to Do Tuesday!

Candidate Forum: PDX's 1st African-American Female Councilmember
On November 6, Portland will elect the city’s first Black woman to city council. It’s still unknown, however, who exactly that woman will be. The two contenders: Loretta Smith, an outgoing county commissioner and former staffer for US Senator Ron Wyden, and Jo Ann Hardesty, a longtime advocate for police accountability and former state representative. This candidate forum—the first public event with both Smith and Hardesty since the May primary election—will give Portlanders a chance to reacquaint themselves with both highly qualified candidates. It’s also a rare chance to pepper the candidates with your own questions before the whirlwind of this fall’s election hits. In short: Go ask all the hard-hitting questions so we don’t have to! Thanks. ALEX ZIELINSKI
7 pm, Crystal Ballroom, free, all ages

Alice Wetterlund
The Los Angeles-via-Minnesota comedian and actress best known for her standout roles on Silicon Valley and People of Earth returns to Helium for a one-off set celebrating "Valentine's in August."
8 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $20-65

Ken Jennings
The Jeopardy! champion and author returns with Planet Funny, a deep dive into comedy throughout the ages and its undeniable power as a force in the modern world.
7:30 pm, Powell's City of Books, free

Kung Fu Theater: Five Element Ninjas
This month’s installment in Dan Halsted’s ongoing celebration of all things whoop-ass is the only known 35mm print of 1982’s Five Element Ninjas, a film whose legendary badassery makes itself apparent the second the Shaw Scope logo hits the screen, escalates upon learning the stars of the film are credited not individually but as the Venom Mob, and then—while you’re still working out how self-confident you have to be to just walk around all day as part of something called “the Venom Mob” and not get constantly clowned for that level of corny hubris—fucking GOLD NINJAS appear onscreen. Shiny as fuck, deadly as hell GOLD NINJAS. And they’re only one finger of the deadly fist that are the Five Element Ninjas. This is one of the most relentlessly entertaining (and wince-inducing) kung fu films ever made—don’t miss your chance to behold the gold on the big screen while you can. BOBBY ROBERTS
7:30 pm, Hollywood Theatre, $7-9

Rodriguez, Vera Sola
Rodriguez’s second coming is just as intriguing now as it was following the release of the 2012 documentary Searching for Sugar Man. Despite the Detroit-born singer/songwriter’s clear talents (which landed him a deal with Impact Records and later the Buddah Records imprint Sussex in the late 1960s), Rodriguez’s music career was basically put on hold following poor domestic record sales. His professional resurrection was precipitated in the late ’90s by years of rabid adoration and influence as a rumored-to-be-deceased folk trailblazer in South Africa and Australia, primarily. Rodriguez was eventually rediscovered in America, and his story is obviously one of artistic redemption and the prickly whimsy of perseverance. RYAN J. PRADO
8 pm, Revolution Hall, $54.50-74.50, all ages

The Fur Coats, WL, Wave Action, Wet Dream Committee
Portland's Fur Coats float on today's wave of psychedelia from a soul-pop perspective. JENI WREN STOTTRUP
9 pm, The Fixin' To, $8

Winter, Vinyl Williams
Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Samira Winter brings her infectious blend of shoegaze noise pop and psych-rock through the Liquor Store in support of her band's latest album, Ethereality.
9 pm, The Liquor Store, $10-12

Olivia Chaney, Lenore
Fresh off her collaboration with our beloved Decemberists, English folk singer/songwriter Olivia Chaney makes her way to Mississippi Studios for the Portland stop on a North American tour supporting her latest Nonesuch Records-issued full-length, Shelter.
8 pm, Mississippi Studios, $15-17

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PSU Welcomes Students from Saudi Arabia Barred from Canada Universities


Portland State University (PSU) is dipping its toe into a contentious international feud.

This morning, PSU announced it has removed a few admission barriers for students from Saudi Arabia enrolled in Canadian universities who were ordered by their own government to leave the country this month.

The estimated 8,000 students were recalled by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after Canada's foreign affairs minister criticized the Saudi government for arresting women's rights activist Samar Badawi on August 1. Not only did this critique inspire bin Salman to suspend all scholarship programs for Saudi students in Canada, it prompted him drop all new trade deals with Canadian businesses, stop the import of Canadian wheat, and freeze all direct flights to and from Canada.

In response, PSU has offered an expedited admissions process and waived the undergraduate admission fee ($52) for Saudi students transferring from Canada universities. At least five Saudi students living in Canada have applied to PSU—and 40 have show interest—since last Wednesday, according to PSU's International Admissions Counselor Karen Hanson.

A PSU website dedicated to this transfer process reads: "As an institution with a commitment to serving diverse learners, we are confident that PSU will provide an innovative environment for you to continue your studies."

PSU currently has 236 Saudi students—the second-largest international population on campus.

The Trump administration has avoided getting involved in the Canada-Saudi Arabia spat over human rights, for now. It's unknown which other US universities, if any, have specifically reached out to the displaced Saudi students to help them continue their education.

Asked if this decision is at all a statement on the international debate, PSU spokesperson Kurt Bedell said: "We just feel for these students, some of them are just two credits short from graduating and don't know what to do. We are just signaling our support to students from Saudi Arabia."

Good Morning, News: Seattle Plane Heist, Charlottesville Anniversary Rallies, Stephen Miller's Uncle 2020

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Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, hugs a woman at the 1-year anniversary of her daughters death.
Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, hugs a woman at the 1-year anniversary of her daughter's death. Win McNamee / Getty Images

Good morning, Portland. We're looking at a high of 95 today, the perfect temperature to kick off BURGER WEEK! Here's the news you need to start your day.

Patriot Snare: A Vancouver racial justice group cancelled a rally on Saturday after violent alt-right-ers Patriot Prayer threatened to show up. The group intended to protest the recent arrest of a Black man who was pummeled a member of Patriot Prayer.

Dancing Bears Begone: Multnomah County has banned all live-animal circuses or performances from operating anywhere in the county. I'm mostly including this for the Portland Tribune's glorious lede: "Lions and tigers and bears — nope."

Wait, So Journalism's Not Dead? There's a new online media outlet in Salem, staffed by a bunch of great reporters!

Up in the Air: A ground control employee at the Sea-Tac airport managed to steal an airplane and fly it above Seattle for an hour before crashing it into a Puget Sound island. The man didn't survive the crash. The mysterious incident has ignited a conversation about airport security measures.

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Things to Do Monday!

The Portland Mercury's Burger Week Begins!
From Monday August 13 - Saturday August 18, at 50 of Portland's finest restaurants, you'll find one-of-a-kind burgers that exist only for the Mercury's Burger Week brought to you by New Seasons Market! And even better? Each of these wondrous creations will cost a mere $5! Special thanks to Jim Beam, Widmer Brothers Brewing and Oregon's Finest for supporting Burger Week.
Aug 13-18, Various Times and Locations, check the Burger List for participating restaurants and burger availability

T-Rextasy, Ruune, Kids' Table
New York punk band T-Rextasy played their first show the night before their senior prom and have since dropped an excellent debut LP (2016’s Jurassic Punk) and the new single “Girl, Friend.” Tonight they’ll play all-ages venue and community center Marrow PDX, which is entirely volunteer-run and features shows booked by youth performers.
8 pm, Marrow PDX, $5-15, all ages

Dead Girls
Author Alice Bolin reads from Dead Girls, a critical essay collection examining literature, pop culture, and American society, and the ways women are often used as props in men-focused narratives. Bolin will be joined in conversation by poet Ed Skoog, author of Run the Red Lights.
7:30 pm, Powell's Books on Hawthorne, free

The Turnout
Every second, third, and fourth Monday of the month, the Secret Society and the Turnout join forces to bring you some form of live storytelling, interviews, stand-up comedy, improv, or music from a rotating cast of local acts. For details on tonight's show, click here.
8 pm, The Secret Society, $10

David Foster
The Canadian musician, composer, producer, and arranger known for producing some of the biggest songs of the 20th century brings his solo stuff to the Newmark for a rare and intimate Portland performance.
8 pm, Newmark Theatre, $79-99

The Lord of the Rings (1978)
Nope, this is not a marathon of Peter Jackson’s landmark live-action trilogy—though why would you want it to be that, anyway? Who told you sitting for 12 hours in a theater with odorous strangers watching that pillow fight for the 20th time was a worthwhile endeavor? Whoever it was lied to you. Anyway, this Rings represents the first real crack at adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic by over-ambitious animator Ralph Bakshi. Bakshi’s Rings has a few notable moments (some of which Jackson lifted for his own adaptation) and there’s always a weird otherworldliness to the visuals that makes the fantasy just a little more fantastical. But the budget running out on Bakshi means you’ll end up with only half a story (the film ends after Helms Deep), and a mess of badly adapted, badly acted, badly designed characters gesticulating wildly at literally everything. As a film? It’s a loud, tone-deaf mess. As a rough draft of the trilogy that would come decades later? It’s a fascinating, fitfully entertaining rotoscoped document of failed vision. BOBBY ROBERTS
4:15 pm & 9:25 pm, Academy Theater, $3-4

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Timbers' Unbeaten Streak Ends With Home Loss to Vancouver

Craig Mitchelldyer/Portland Timbers

The streak is dead, and in bitter fashion.

One game away from setting the all-time franchise record for most consecutive games unbeaten, the Portland Timbers were upended 2-1 by their Cascadian rival the Vancouver Whitecaps on a tumultuous, drama-filled Saturday night at Providence Park.

How'd it happen? The Timbers again conceded a bad early goal, just as they did in matches on this long homestand against Montreal and Houston, but this time, they never quite managed to claw their way back.

The game was ultimately decided in a three minute stretch at the end of the first half, when Diego Valeri dragged a penalty wide of the left post and was punished for it when the smallest player in MLS, 5'2 Christian Techera, buried a header on the other end of the field to extend Vancouver's lead to two.

Despite a redemptive penalty conversion for Valeri in the second half, part of a Timbers onslaught that yielded an extraordinary 26 shots, the Whitecaps hung on for one of the biggest wins of their season — and celebrated in front of their supporters tucked high in the southwest corner of the stadium like they knew it.

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Portland Burger Week: $5 Burgers in Deeper South Southeast Portland


IT’S BACK. The only time of year that matters—the Portland Mercury’s Burger Week—is finally here!

From Monday, August 13-Saturday August 18, at 50 of Portland’s most beloved restaurants, bars, and brew houses, you’ll find fantastic, one-of-a-kind burgers that exist ONLY for the Mercury’s Burger Week! That’d be great on its own, but it gets better: Each of those fantastic, one-of-a-kind burgers is only $5!

The Portland Mercury’s Burger Week is brought to you by the Mercury (natch), but we couldn’t do it without our burger-lovin’ pals at New Seasons Market, Jim Beam, Widmer Brothers Brewing, and Oregon’s Finest!

Here are all the delicious burgers you can eat in deeper south Southeast Portland for just $5:


The Lamp's Harissa Cracklin' Burger

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TriMet Study On Racial Bias Based on Incomplete Data


A recent study of TriMet’s fare enforcement indicates that TriMet is not racially biased when citing those who didn’t pay fare. But the way the data was collected for the study may mean the analysis is incomplete.

The study, conducted by Portland State University (PSU) criminal justice professor Brian Renauer, specifically analyzes fare evasion citations issued by TriMet on the MAX between March 2016 to March 2018.

Over that period of time, 18 percent of fare evasion citations on the MAX were issued to Black riders. This is similar to the results of a 2016-2018 TriMet rider survey conducted on MAX trains that found 17.8 percent of fare-evaders were Black. Because those numbers are so close, PSU’s study concludes that TriMet does not have a racial bias problem with fare-related punishment.

But TriMet’s data collection process has some holes.

First, most citations were given at just a few specific MAX stations: over 50 percent of all fare enforcement occurs at just 10 stations in the whole system, which could affect the accuracy of the data. The focus on just a few MAX stations might also make it way easier to skip fare in most other parts of town.

Additionally, TriMet employees were the ones responsible for determining and recording a fare-evaders race, meaning the racial data could be inaccurate. The data also includes 2,000 riders (out of 48,000 total) whose race was marked “unknown,” simply because an inspector didn’t know a person’s race—Renauer says those incidents aren’t useful for study, and adds that the problem is one of inspector training.

The study on fare evasion and racial disparity, released Wednesday at a TriMet board meeting, also showed that Black riders have a disproportionate rate of “exclusions” — a punishment reserved for people who repeatedly break TriMet rules or skip paying fares. Excluded riders are banned from using any TriMet service for between 30 and 90 days.

Black riders accounted for 22.1 percent of exclusions over the past two years—about 4.3 percent higher than would be expected, considering that they only account for 17.8 percent of fare evaders. But Renauer says that disparity is explained by the small number of people with repeat violations. According to Renauer, there are about 56 Black chronic fare evaders who account for 26 percent of all Black exclusions. “If those repeat exclusions had only been excluded once, it would reduce the overall exclusion rate by 4 percent,” Renauer told the TriMet board at the Wednesday meeting.

Those 56 repeat violators aren’t the only constant reoffenders—each racial category had a significant number of people who got caught avoiding paying fare frequently. But the data shows that the repeat offenders among Black riders seem to skip paying fares on a more regular basis, which bloats the statistics for the overall category.

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Portland Burger Week: $5 Burgers in Deeper East SE Portland


IT’S BACK. The only time of year that matters—the Portland Mercury’s Burger Week—is finally here!

From Monday, August 13-Saturday August 18, at 50 of Portland’s most beloved restaurants, bars, and brew houses, you’ll find fantastic, one-of-a-kind burgers that exist ONLY for the Mercury’s Burger Week! That’d be great on its own, but it gets better: Each of those fantastic, one-of-a-kind burgers is only $5!

The Portland Mercury’s Burger Week is brought to you by the Mercury (natch), but we couldn’t do it without our burger-lovin’ pals at New Seasons Market, Jim Beam, Widmer Brothers Brewing, and Oregon’s Finest!

Here are all the delicious burgers you can eat in further east Southeast Portland for just $5:


Nick's Famous Coney Island Sweet & Spicy Carnival Burger

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Alice Bolin's Dead Girls Explores Why Everyone in the Northwest Is so Obsessed with Serial Killers


Alice Bolin's debut collection of essays, Dead Girls, illuminates a mystery that has plagued me ever since I moved to the Pacific Northwest: Why is everyone out here so obsessed with serial killers?

Bolin approaches the question with a suite of four essays that lay out the mechanics of what she calls the "dead girl" trope, pulling from many specimens of noir and any other narrative instigated by the horrific murder of a beautiful, young, white girl.

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