Associate Editor

Since joining Portland Monthly’s editorial team in 2010, Marty has covered books, tech start-ups, porn theater history, and population trends, and written features on the state’s UFO legacy and World Cup soccer fever in Portland. Marty commandeers the magazine’s front-of-the-book Mudroom section and backpage, and find excuses to leave the office by co-editing Portland Monthly’s travel blog, Tripster.

Burmese by birth and German by childhood, Marty arrived in Portland in 2005 by way of Los Angeles. He completed an MA in Medieval History at Portland State, where he got way into Derrida. When he’s not writing or editing, you can find him standing alongside his lovely wife in the Timbers Army, on his bike, or leveling his Titan.


How to Budget With Goals in Mind

The creative director of innovative banking app Simple breaks it down.

01/25/2016 By Marty Patail


How to Live the Good Life in Portland on $40K

Uber vs. car ownership, the legendary $10,000 windfall, and picking a credit union

01/25/2016 Edited by Marty Patail By Zach Dundas and Emma Mannheimer


16 Ridiculously Comforting Dishes from Around the Globe

Search out your next rainy-day dish or guilty pleasure by comfort keyword: soothing, hearty, homey, gooey, or spicy.

01/25/2016 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Benjamin Tepler, Karen Brooks, Marty Patail, Molly Woodstock, Rachel Ritchie, Ramona DeNies, and Zach Dundas


What’s the Deal With Tina Kotek?

Oregon’s Speaker of the House begins a new session February 1. But first, we size her up.

01/25/2016 By Marty Patail


A New Lents Brewery Evokes an Obscure German Tradition

Zoiglhaus Brewing Company shares the wort.

01/25/2016 By Marty Patail


Local Tell-Reader Shows the Pros How to Win at Poker

Zachary Elwood tells us how to call someone’s bluff.

01/25/2016 By Marty Patail


Portland: A Safe Haven for Refugees?

And so far, most of them are not Syrian.

01/25/2016 By Marty Patail


The Timbers: A Championship 40 Years in the Making

For the first time since they started in 1975, Portland’s soccer stars defend a title.

01/25/2016 By Marty Patail


The "World's Greatest Cat Painting" Is Coming to the Portland Art Museum

Long before the masses shared their cat photos on Facebook, aristocrats commissioned oil paintings.

01/22/2016 By Marty Patail


Hollywood Theatre to Open a Cinema Inside PDX Airport

Add one more reason to the list of why Portland’s airport is ranked #1 in the country.

01/06/2016 By Marty Patail


Can Mobile Apps Be Art?

One pioneering PCC course thinks so.

12/31/2015 By Marty Patail


The 9 Best Oregon Winter Ales

Portland Monthly picks its favorite beers for fireside sipping. Hurry before they're gone!

12/29/2015 By Marty Patail


A Local Video Shows Stunning Wilderness of Blue Creek

Portland-based photographer Andy Best gives the campaign to save an unblemished watershed in Northern California a boost.

12/22/2015 By Marty Patail


Facing Closure, 'Know Your City' Transitioning to Volunteer Model, Raising Emergency Funds

The 6-year-old social justice non-profit seeks to raise $12,000 to survive 2016.

12/21/2015 By Marty Patail


The Story of Portland’s Iconic 503 Area Code Is More Complicated Than You Think

The coveted locals-only digits go back decades.

12/21/2015 By Marty Patail


What’s the Deal with Wim Wiewel?

Portland State’s president wants a new payroll tax. But first, we size him up.

12/21/2015 By Marty Patail


50 Things Every Portlander Must Do

From transplants to natives, we present a quirky and quintessential bucket list for every type of Portlander.

12/21/2015 Edited by Marty Patail With Karen Brooks, Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, Allison Jones, Fiona McCann, Rachel Ritchie, and Benjamin Tepler


Trophy Case: January’s Best Local Stuff

This month’s hottest locally made goods, from sleek winter jackets to beautiful screwdrivers (really!)

12/21/2015 By Marty Patail


Here’s Why Mayor Charlie Hales Isn’t Running for Reelection

We look back at what Hales has accomplished, and at what his final year in City Hall may hold.

12/21/2015 By Zach Dundas and Marty Patail


Are You a Real Portlander?

Have you sprinted up Tabor? Gone commando at the World Naked Bike Ride? Consumed *all* the beer? Take our quiz to find out if you’re (nearly) native—or just got off the bus.

12/11/2015 Edited by Marty Patail With Karen Brooks, Ramona DeNies, Allison Jones, Fiona McCann, Rachel Ritchie, and Benjamin Tepler