Fugitives and Refugees

Fugitives and Refugees

A Walk in Portland, Oregon

Book - 2003
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Want to know where Chuck Palahniuk's tonsils currently reside?

Been looking for a naked mannequin to hide in your kitchen cabinets?

Curious about Chuck's debut in an MTV music video?

What goes on at the Scum Center?

How do you get to the Apocalypse Caf#65533;?

In the closest thing he may ever write to an autobiography, Chuck Palahniuk provides answers to all these questions and more as he takes you through the streets, sewers, and local haunts of Portland, Oregon. According to Katherine Dunn, author of the cult classic Geek Love , Portland is the home of America's "fugitives and refugees." Get to know these folks, the "most cracked of the crackpots," as Palahniuk calls them, and come along with him on an adventure through the parts of Portland you might not otherwise believe actually exist. No other travel guide will give you this kind of access to "a little history, a little legend, and a lot of friendly, sincere, fascinating people who maybe should've kept their mouths shut."

Here are strange personal museums, weird annual events, and ghost stories. Tour the tunnels under downtown Portland. Visit swingers' sex clubs, gay and straight. See Frances Gabe's famous 1940s Self-Cleaning House. Look into strange local customs like the I-Tit-a-Rod Race and the Santa Rampage. Learn how to talk like a local in a quick vocabulary lesson. Get to know, I mean really get to know, the animals at the Portland zoo.

Oh, the list goes on and on.
Publisher: New York : Crown Journeys, c2003
ISBN: 9781400047833
Branch Call Number: 917.95 PAL
Characteristics: 175 p. ; 20 cm


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Aug 22, 2013

A look at both parts of Portland that no longer exists and a love letter to how unchanging Portland has been. If you live there, most of what Palahniuk highlights is just part of being a resident.

mallc Jun 02, 2011

This is a really creative approach to the travel guide genre.

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