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. 

INTERVIEW

"We Do Best When We Focus on What Makes Portland Cool"

Feast co-founder Mike Thelin on Portland's premier food festival

08/24/2015 By Marty Patail

WOOD WORK

Can a Couple of Americans Transform the Ancient Art of Bonsai?

America's first homegrown bonsai exhibition and competition will showcase 70 trees from across the country.

08/24/2015 By Marty Patail

BIG PICTURE

Like Most of Our Favorite Things, Portland's Newest Bridge Was Hand Made

Local photographer Bruce Forster shares dozens of photos of Tilikum Crossing's built-by-hand span.

08/24/2015 By Marty Patail

OUTDOOR NEWS

Love the Outdoors and Extreme Sports? Here's Your Dream Job

Think you've got what it takes to go on a six-month international adventure?

08/18/2015 By Marty Patail

BEER

5 Beers We're Drinking at the North American Organic Brewers Festival

In case you hadn't noticed, beer festival season is still in full swing.

08/14/2015 By Marty Patail

AROUND THE WORLD

Hot Travel Links: New Hypersonic Planes, an Airport Terminal for Animals, and Cecil the Lion

This week's best international travel stories.

08/10/2015 By Marty Patail

BEER

Old Town Brewing is Mushrooming—Figuratively and Literally

The Northeast Portland brewery grows into a major distribution deal and unveils an experimental funghi ale.

08/05/2015 By Marty Patail

GEAR UP

How to Survive the End of the World (or The Big One)

This guide teaches you how to live through, say, the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.

08/03/2015 By Marty Patail

AROUND THE WORLD

Hot Travel Links: Awful French Airplane Ideas, Chewing Gum in Russia, and the China-Portland Express

This week’s best international travel stories.

07/21/2015 By Marty Patail

5 THINGS ABOUT

Charting the Unlikely Rise of Oregon Football

Recruiting secrets, failed mascots, and infamous games of the UO Ducks.

07/20/2015 By Marty Patail

VOX POPULI

What Portland Would Look Like as an Independent Country

We asked our readers to vote on how our city would operate as a sovereign nation. Here's what we found (all hail the barter economy!)

07/20/2015 Edited by Marty Patail

BEER

The Stories Behind the Four Beers at Kölsch Fest This Weekend

Every beer has a story. But the beers at Prost's first annual Kölsch Fest are older than most.

07/17/2015 By Marty Patail

MUSIC

Damian Lillard's Top 5 Rap Verses of All Time

Dame DOLLA just released his first single, but the Blazer star has been at it for a while.

07/16/2015 By Marty Patail

NEWS

Portland Japanese Garden Unveils Major $33.5 Million Expansion

Construction will begin this September on three new LEED-certified buildings and seven new garden spaces.

07/16/2015 By Marty Patail

BEER ME

The New Guide to Oregon’s Best Beer

To misquote a misquote, “Beer is proof that Oregon wants us to be happy!” Join us in reveling in our backyard beer mecca.

06/29/2015 Edited by Marty Patail

NEWS

Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage Nationwide

In a 5-4 decision, the Court established marriage as an equal right for all.

06/26/2015 By Marty Patail

BEER

Celebrate National Radler Day at Hopworks BikeBar

The Radler: history's first beer made specifically for cyclists.

06/22/2015 By Marty Patail

DISPATCH

Riding Along with a Weed Dealer to Vancouver's Marijuana Main Street

Peering into Oregon's hazy, post-legalization future.

06/22/2015 By Marty Patail

EDITORS' NOTE

What Could Oregon Possibly Know About Making Good Beer?

Our associate editor reflects on 10 years of the Oregon craft beer revolution.

06/22/2015 By Marty Patail