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. 

THE SHAKEDOWN

How Qualified Is Ted Wheeler, Really?

Oregon’s state treasurer is now running for Portland mayor. We size up the pros and cons.

11/23/2015 By Marty Patail

SCIENCE

How One Seriously Cool Kids Chemistry Set Is Getting Girls Into Science

Yellow Scope's rigorous science kits step away from the pink and towards STEM gender equality.

11/23/2015 By Marty Patail

HEALTH

Uber to Deliver Health Kits and Flu Shots to Portlanders

This Thursday, UberHealth will bring you a "wellness pack" and flu shots for up to 10 people (registered nurse included).

11/17/2015 By Marty Patail

OUTDOORS

The Local Quest to Save a Northern California Wilderness

A local nonprofit and a creative agency are racing against time to save an immaculate chunk of Northern California wilderness.

11/16/2015 By Marty Patail

JUST FOR FUN

We Went Indoor Skydiving and Here's What Happened

Three of us braved the tunnel, and three of us survived.

11/16/2015 By Marty Patail, Benjamin Tepler, and Emma Mannheimer

BEER

Zoiglhaus Brings an Obscure German Brewing Tradition to East Portland

The new family-friendly brewpub honors a little-known practice of communal brewing.

11/10/2015 By Marty Patail

CITY NEWS

North Portland’s Iconic Paul Bunyan Statue is Finally Getting Some Love

Oregon’s only historic roadside attraction needs more than a new coat of paint.

11/10/2015 By Marty Patail

SOCCER

We Just Witnessed One of the Greatest Games in MLS Playoff History

“Maybe it was the Timbers Army … or God.”

10/30/2015 By Mike Schwartz

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