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. 

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

VOX POPULI

What Portlanders Really Think About Oregon Beer

We asked about 850 of our readers about the state's unofficial beverage. Here's what we discovered.

06/22/2015 By Marty Patail

BEST BEER

Drink in Style: Portland's New Beer Gear

Beervana is calling. Come prepared with these local drinking tools.

06/22/2015 By Marty Patail

BEST BEER

Portland's Best New Brewpubs, Bottle Shops, and Beer Haunts

These 11 beer halls, restaurants, and retail outlets have once again raised the bar for great drinking destinations.

06/22/2015 By Zach Dundas, Benjamin Tepler, Ramona DeNies, and Marty Patail

BEST BEER

25 Oregon Beers We're Crushing on Right Now

From pils to porter, these local brews are calling.

06/22/2015 By Marty Patail

BARS

Worth a Visit: McMenamins' Cider Bar on NW 23rd

Not only has McMenamins been making cider for 25 years, the local institution is a Top 5 cider producer in Oregon.

06/15/2015 By Marty Patail

TELEVISION

The Bad Girls Club Is Casting in Portland

Yes, we talked to the casting director. Pro tip: don't bring a vibrator.

06/11/2015 By Marty Patail

START-UP

Upgrade Your Crowdfunding Rewards, Young Capitalist!

A new kind of crowdfunding site swaps swag for cold hard cash.

05/26/2015 By Marty Patail

BIG PICTURE

What Color is Your Aura?

One local photographer wants to help you find your true colors.

05/26/2015 By Marty Patail

VIDEO

Holy Cow! Portland Bridges by Drone!

FlyWorx, a Georgia-based imaging company, just released a jaw-dropping video of Portland's bridges by air.

05/21/2015 By Marty Patail