Print Edition for the week of
Dec. 9 - 15, 2010

Vol. 11, No. 29
COVER: Dieter Van der Ougstraete


Your Neighbor Could Be a Homophobe

Hate Crimes Against LGBT Folks Outpace Racially Motivated Crimes

The Food Cart War? Not Quite...

...But the City Is Trying to Send a Message

Hall Monitor

Um, What the Mayor Said...

Operation Bedbug Attack

What's Being Done to Stop Portland's Tiniest Nuisance

Don't Call Them Terrorists

Oregon's Other Politically Motivated Bomb Plot

In Other News


My World

Courtney Taylor Is Drinking Life Up

Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space

Tame Impala Take on the Horizon

He's Gained Control

Peter Hook Is Overjoyed to Bring You Unknown Pleasures

Up & Coming

Movies & TV

Sexy Ballerina Sexytime!

With a Side of Fucked-Up Body Horror!

The Prickly Genius of Stephin Merritt

Fireflies, Rodeos, and Strange Powers

Slay Bells

Rare Export's Bad Santa

Budget Disney

Stomping the Magic out of Narnia

Advertising: The Highest Form of Art

The British Advertising Awards: We're One Step Closer to Demolition Man!

Film Shorts

I'm Going Out

To Hell and Back

Food and Drink

Stuck in the Middle... East

TarBoush Is Looking for its Niche

Visual Art

Compromising Authority

The Content-Driven Curation of Tori Abernathy


Sad Stories of the Death of Kings

Barry Gifford's First YA Book

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll, But He Likes It

Keith Richards' Winning Autobiography

Theater & Performance

Everyone Who Looks Like You

Performance for the Discerning Holiday Theatergoer

The Santaland Diaries

Wade McCollum Returns as Everyone's Favorite Elf


The Mercury's 67th Annual Videogame Awards

Yet Another Completely Meaningless Mercury Feature

Introducing EmiTown

I Love Television

I Love Television™


I, Anonymous



Christmas Music Countdown: Day 3

Rappers You Forgot About Go to Jail

Gail O'Hara in Attendance at Tonight's Screening of Strange Powers

Samba Puppy

Oregon GOP Files For Partial Recount of Governor Votes

Dogs Only Want One Thing for Christmas...

Nativity Camel Crushes Church-Goers, and... STOP LAUGHING YOU GUYS!

Christmas, Pope Come Early at Vatican

Watching Operation Payback

The Scare-Mongering, Diseased-Anus-Mongering HIV Prevention Ad That's Pissing People Off

A Wicked, Principled, Eight Hour Stand against Tax Cuts & More

Stumptown Comics Fest Announces Curation Policy

Yeehaw! Film Round Up!

Win Tickets to the Portland Cello Project!

You Voted, We Pretended To Listen While Rolling Our Eyes

Breakfast Mountain vs. The Neighbors

Conservative Christians Are Always Saying That If We Allow Gay Marriage and Let Gays and Lesbians Serve Openly In the Military Then One Day Everyone Will Be Gay and Then the Human Race Will Go Exinct

SL Letter of the Day: Sitting On a Secret

Christmas Music Countdown: Day 7

Yogi Bear, R.I.P.

Not That Anyone Asked...

Russian Hits Another Russian with Shovel (Translated)

Say What You Will About Those Nazis... They Loved Their Jello

Dark, Sexual, Ridiculous Yogi Bear Ephemera

Tonight in Music

Tonight in Music

Rango: It's Like High Noon... with Lizards

And... Pencils Down! The Mercury Online Charity Auction is OVER!

You Can Do Anything at Zombocom

Japanese Cats Work Too Damn Hard

The Amazing Rape-O Presents... "Wack Your Pack!"

Uncharted 3, Y'all!

Stupid, Stupid Baby: WAKE UP YOU STUPID BABY!!

Reading Tonight: Barry Gifford, Willy Vlautin, Jim Nisbet

What Is There Left to Say About John Lennon's Death?

And THIS is How You Kill a Zombie

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders Is Filibustering—For Real—Barack Obama's Tax Capitulation

Christmas Music Coundown: Day 9.5

Christianity Today

Today in "You Are Old"

Art and Censorship Hosted by PICA and the Museum of Contemporary Craft

There Are Still Some Democrats In Washington D.C.

Scarlett Johansson Now Free to Bone Me

Indie Lit Roadshow Recap

Levi Pitters at Black Wagon

Who Commits Hate Crimes in Oregon?

Good Morning, News!

Christmas Music Countdown: Day 4

Off the Waffle

GAH! The Mercury Charity Auction Ends in 24 Hours! GAH!

Germans Have Issues

Coming Soon! Portland Loo No. 4, For All Your No. 1 and No. 2 Needs

A Special Message From Film Editor Erik Henriksen Regarding the Forthcoming Pirates of the Caribbean Movie

Real Steel Trailer, Guys! (Wherein Robots Beat the Shit Out of Each Other)

Today in "BOOOOOOO!!!!"

Mercury Employee "Dance of the Day"

Required Viewing: Count Spirochete

Only TWO Hours Left in the Mercury Online Auction!

Wait... The Worst Post EVER??

Chicago Bus Driver Hits Snowman, Resigns

Metrodome Roof Collapses

What's Next for North Williams?

This Is How You Update a Logo

I'm Pro-Choice (If You're Talking about Choosing to Punch this 12-Year-Old in the Face)

Christmas Music Countdown: Day 8

Don't Click This Link!

In The Confectionary Where Al Jolson Is Buried

Win Tickets to Tricky!

Good Morning, News!

Good Morning News!

Life Lessons from the Survival Guide to DigiPen

Mayor on Leo Besner: "Policy Questions," But Promotion Will Proceed

Dexter Divorces Deb

Good Morning, News!

Albina: Portland's Ghetto of the Mind!

Listen to Taylor Momsen, Girls

Federal Judge Rules Health Care Law Unconstitutional

Would You Pay $110 For This Timbers Jersey?

Good Morning News!

Quarters in Motion

Packed House at Meeting on Food Cart Crackdown

Transit Activist Group Snags $63,000 Grant to Help Fix TriMet Bus Stops

Get Ready for a Miley Cyrus-Inspired Salvia Boom

Death Row Inmates' Final Meals: Still Relevant!

SL Letter of the Day: Control Issues

SL Letter of the Day: An Email Exchange

Mayor's Office Releases Draft of Terror Task Force Plan

An Abstinence Education

"Obama's Worst Nightmare"

Good Morning, News!

Blazers vs. Magic - Hot Live Blog Action

Tonight: Hari Kondabolu


Christmas Music Countdown: Day 5

TriMet Approved Light Rail Funding—But What Does it Mean?!

So I Guess Someone Stole The Satyricon Marquee?


Happy Birthday, Mike Nesmith!

Well, Looks Like That New Mortal Kombat Is Fucked

It's True and a Fact! Sam Adams Tweets Very Much Nonstop All The Time A Lot

Behold Mark Wahlberg's Phenomenal Performance in David O. Russell's The Fighter.

More on the Portland Development Commission and the Portland Design Collective

Jon Stewart Vs. The Republican'ts

FINAL WARNING! Mercury Charity Auction Ends in ONE HOUR!

Mercury Auction Item of the Day

The World's First Patient Cured of HIV

SL Letter of the Day: Love Means Never Getting To Say...

Parents of Pedestrians Killed by Bus Sue TriMet for $30 Million

SL Letters of the Day: Other Possible Explanations

My Afternoon with Bruce Springsteen

Christmas Music Countdown: Day 9

Tablets Are the Future of Comics

Geeky Wonderland Holiday Party

β€œThis Is About Control, And In The End, Starvation.” -Glenn Beck

Half-Orphan Boogies Down on Today Show

A Few More Reasons to Love Australia (Besides the Fact They Don't Give a Shit)

LOTS Of Weekend Reading Events

Young DREAM Act Supporters Stage Fake Graduation

Ugly Xmas Sweater? You've Just Been Out Uglied!

Good Morning(ish), News!

Senate Kills "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal

Give $50 to Politics, Get it Back.

Glee's Brittany the Next Buffy?!? WHAT?

Sold Out

Portland Design Collective

One Day at a Time

The Week in Review

New Column!

Savage Love & Sex

Savage Love

Skin And Ink

Mercury Music Hour