Monthly Archives: November 2013

Your Town, My Town

The good people of Grover’s Corners, N.H., didn’t see it coming in 1901, but there it was hanging over their heads: a white PowerPoint box with a computer command. For a few seconds in the middle of a recent Portland State University production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, the tech gods intruded. There have been […]

The Messes We Leave Behind

Suicide is a tough sell, even in Oregon, which has a death-with-dignity law. Everybody wants to save a life. “We will help you cross this bridge,” says the signs on the Vista Avenue Viaduct in Portland. A phone number to a suicide prevention hotline is posted. Portland has 11 bridges crossing the Willamette River, and […]