Since joining Portland Monthly’s editorial team in 2010, Marty has covered a little of everything, including politics, beer, pop culture, tech, design, sports, video games, and history. Among his many other duties things, he writes the monthly backpage column, The Shakedown.

Born and raised in Germany as a Burmese-American—confusing, we know!—Marty arrived in Portland in 2005 after a stop in Los Angeles. He completed an MA in History at Portland State, where he got way into Derrida. When he’s not writing or editing, you can find him producing weird electronic music, cooking, or standing in the Timbers Army. 

WEEKEND GETAWAY

Peek Inside McMenamins' Massive New Anderson School Hotel

Did we mention there's a saltwater swimming pool?

10/28/2015 By Marty Patail

GET OUT

Oregon's Strangest, Most Otherworldly Natural Wonders

Our home state is a magnificently bizarro place, and it's not just because of the people.

10/27/2015 By Marty Patail

LIGHT A FIRE 2015

Exceptional Community Contribution: Stoel Rives for I Have a Dream Oregon

The local law firm believes in I Have a Dream Oregon, to the tune of $800,000

10/20/2015 By Marty Patail

GIVE US YOUR CALIFORNIANS

Why Portland Needs As Many Californians As We Can Get

Forget the "No Californians" bumper stickers. For Portland's white-hot tech scene, "outsiders" can't come soon enough.

10/19/2015 By Marty Patail

WINNING FINDS

Trophy Case: The Best Local Stuff of November 2015

This month’s hottest locally made goods, from a blanket homage to the Pacific Crest Trail to leather iPhone wallets.

10/19/2015 By Marty Patail

5 THINGS ABOUT

What's Next for Portland's Animation Powerhouse Laika?

The Hillsboro HQ of films like Boxtrolls, Coraline, and ParaNorman is working on its next masterpiece.

10/19/2015 By Marty Patail

COMEDY

Wet Hot American Comedian Michael Ian Black Comes to PDX

The stand-up comedian from The State and Wet Hot American Summer is in Portland for a two-night event at Helium.

10/14/2015 By Marty Patail

BEER

Rosenstadt Brewery Brings More German-Style Beers to Portland

Oktoberfest is over, but the German beer keeps flowing.

10/09/2015 By Marty Patail

BIG PICTURE

This Two-Seater Microcar Makes Car2Go Look Like a Limo Service

Is it a car or a scooter...or a death trap?

10/05/2015 By Marty Patail

LESS IS MORE

When it Comes to Choosing Paint Colors, These Portland Pros Keep it Simple

Northeast Portland's Colorhouse offers just 128 colors to avoid decision overload.

10/05/2015 By Marty Patail

TROPHY CASE

8 Winning Tech, Home, and Gadget Finds in Local Design

From the coolest cooler to eco-friendly toothbrushes, these Portland-designed goods will elevate your surroundings.

10/05/2015 By Marty Patail

HUMOR

The Portland Halloween Costume Cheat Sheet

Out of costume ideas? Why not go as an undead Uber driver killed in the Big One? Or a bearded Unipiper paying cash for a house?

09/21/2015 By Marty Patail

DRINK HERE NOW

Can Loyal Legion Really Be Called a Beer Hall?

Our man from Munich explores the new 99-tap drinking establishment in Southeast Portland.

09/21/2015 By Marty Patail

WINNING FINDS

Gadgets, Rubs, Tinctures, and Other Highlights from Oregon's New Weed Economy

This month’s hottest locally made goods—the weed edition!

09/21/2015 By Marty Patail

INDUSTRY

The Giant Floating Drydock That Fixed Shell's Arctic Oil Ship Is Just Getting Started

What the nation's largest floating dry dock has to do with #SHELLNO and the Portland economy

09/21/2015 By Marty Patail

THE GRAPEVINE

The PSU Professor Who Says Wine's Whole 'Terroir' Thing Might Not Be a Thing

Joe Bohling, an expert on the history of the French wine industry, says his research looks at the not-so-ancient concept of terroir. We asked him to explain.

09/21/2015 By Marty Patail

NORTHWEST EVENTS

Scenes of Pure Joy and Ecstasy from Oregon's First In-N-Out Burger

Look at these burgers. Just look at them.

09/09/2015 By Marty Patail

EVENTS

Local Paint Designer to Give Away Free Samples on September 15

Portland's Colorhouse will be giving away 8 oz paint samples to the first 250 visitors on September 15.

09/08/2015 By Marty Patail

NEWS

Marijuana Legalization: Where Are We Now?

The chief petitioner of last year's successful legalization measure talks about where we are now—and where we have to go.

09/04/2015 By Marty Patail