Senior 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 Dispatch section and backpage, and co-edits Portland Monthly’s style and design blog, Lookbook.

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.

Summer Adventures: Under Construction

Some of These 6 Oregon Trails Don’t Exist Yet—But They Will Be Epic

These trails are the future of outdoor adventuring in Oregon.

05/28/2019 By Ramona DeNies, Margaret Seiler, Fiona McCann, Benjamin Tepler, Kelly Clarke, and Marty Patail

Cars

A Rally of Gas-Guzzling Junkers Is Cleaning Up Oregon’s Backcountry

The now-global Gambler 500 road race is cheap, weird, and totally from here.

05/28/2019 By Marty Patail

Funny/Not Funny

Q&A: Comedian Mohanad Elshieky On Suing the Feds

The Libyan refugee and stand up will perform at Pop Up Magazine tonight and tomorrow.

05/13/2019 By Marty Patail

Soccer

Here's What the Timbers' $85 Million Stadium Upgrade Looks Like

With 4,000 new seats on three new tiers, two new video screens, and a ton of little updates, Providence Park has never looked this good.

05/08/2019 By Marty Patail

Movies

Does Sonic the Hedgehog Really Kill 491 Pacific Northwest Babies?

According to one viral calculation, the trailer for the new Sonic the Hedgehog shows mass murder of hospitalized babies.

05/02/2019 By Marty Patail

Sports

The Timbers Are Bringing Back Thirsty Thursdays—Sort Of

There will be $2 hot dogs and $5 Coors Lights during Wednesday and Thursday games this season.

05/01/2019 By Marty Patail

Music

Reptaliens Are a Trippy Sci-Fi Band Time-Traveling from 1991—and We Dig It

The Portland group's inspirations include Of Montreal, Philip K. Dick, and of course, Gorgon, ruler of the third dimension.

04/25/2019 By Marty Patail

Basketball

Damian Lillard Is a God

A cold, murderous god.

04/24/2019 By Marty Patail

Homelessness: Viewpoints

What Don't We Understand About Homelessness in Portland?

We spoke to a shelter worker, someone who has lived on our streets, a cop, nonprofit directors, and more to find out.

04/23/2019 By Fiona McCann, Rebecca Jacobson, Kelly Clarke, Marty Patail, Margaret Seiler, and Ramona DeNies

News

E-Scooters Are Back and It's Tearing the Portland Monthly Staff Asunder

We continue to love each other—even though some of us are very wrong.

03/27/2019 By Marty Patail

Fix-It Guide: Experts

Portland's Home Care Experts Spill Their Secrets

From fixing troublesome plumbing to organizing nightmare closets, here's your guide to making your home instantly better.

03/26/2019 By Kelly Clarke, Marty Patail, Jackson Main, and Wriik Maui

Fix-It Guide: Garden Amenities

Add a Steamy Sauna to Your Backyard

Call it sweat equity.

03/26/2019 By Marty Patail

Music

Local Record Store Icon Terry Currier Reflects on Music Millennium Turning 50

The music man talks about the dark days of 2007—and why he's more hopeful than ever for the future of record stores.

03/15/2019 By Marty Patail

Soccer

The 2019 Thorns Jerseys Are Here

The best part? The socks. No, for real.

03/14/2019 By Marty Patail

Politics

Jeff Merkley Wants to Make Kitten Murder Illegal

You read that right. The bipartisan "KITTEN Act" would prohibit killing kittens used in USDA lab testing.

03/07/2019 By Marty Patail

Food

With Top Burmese, the Cuisine of Myanmar Officially Lands in Portland

The take-out "virtual restaurant" has been delivering orders of fermented tea leaf salad and Burmese samosas since early February.

03/05/2019 By Marty Patail

The Shakedown

What's the Deal with Rain, Anyway?

We size up that drizzle from the sky.

02/26/2019 By Marty Patail

Cannabis: Soak It Up

Our 10 Favorite New Cannabis Products, Shops, and Events

From unicorn pipes to exploding edibles to weed perfume, here's what we're loving right now.

02/26/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Marty Patail

Cannabis: Rules & Regs

How the OLCC Scrambled to Regulate Oregon's Cannabis Industry

It's been quite the process.

02/26/2019 By Marty Patail