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. 


Portlanders Share Their Burning Opinions on Brunch

We asked 750 of our readers about Portland's favorite meal. Here's what we discovered.

04/27/2015 By Marty Patail


Trophy Case: Best Local Stuff of May 2015

This month's hottest locally made goods for Mother's Day, from handmade GMO-free soy candles to moss and lichen-filled bangles.

04/27/2015 By Hannah Wallace, Marty Patail, and Cervante Pope


Your Roadmap to Portland's Comedy Scene

With underground shows, packed LGBT-centric stages, and a killer festival, local comics have never had it better.

04/27/2015 By Marty Patail


How One Start-Up Star Plots Portland’s Tech Future

A digital archiving start-up joins the big leagues—complete with the requisite office kegerator.

04/27/2015 By Marty Patail


Hot Travel Links: The Coolest Camper Ever, Airbus's Sadistic Plan, and a Fried Chicken Roadtrip

A grab bag of this week's best international travel stories

04/16/2015 By Marty Patail


What's Your Wildest Summer Memory?

Have you ever had to spoon your dog for warmth on a backpacking trip? Tell us and enter to win a $50 gift card to Imperial!

04/15/2015 By Marty Patail


An Ashland Native Conquers Snorkeling on Maui

Micah Wolf, owner of Maui's The Snorkel Store, on snorkeling and the island's connection to Oregon.

04/07/2015 By Marty Patail


Hot Travel Links: the Himalayas, Smart Luggage, and Tinder for Travel

A round-up of this week's best international travel stories.

04/03/2015 By Marty Patail


Portland Neighborhoods By The Numbers: Where to Buy in 2015

Whether you're a first-time buyer, looking for a bigger place, downsizing, or renting, Portland has a hood to make you happy.

04/02/2015 Edited by Ramona DeNies and Marty Patail


Death & Taxis: A Look Back At Portland's Storied Cab History

It's inescapable—Uber is coming to Portland. We explore the backstory of the city's relationship with paid drivers across the decades.

04/02/2015 By Marty Patail


Local Journalist Reveals the Scandalous History Behind a Major Board Game

Mary Pilon on her new book, The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World's Favorite Board Game

04/02/2015 By Marty Patail


Trail Blazers Star Damian Lillard’s Psychological Secret Weapon

How the fourth-quarter hero stays calm under pressure (hint: it involves a "mental coach").

04/02/2015 By Marty Patail


Behold Sunriver Resort's $50 Million Facelift

The beloved Central Oregon retreat gets a new restaurant and pool area.

03/25/2015 By Marty Patail


We Found Oregon's Women of Tomorrow at Vestal School

We put them in the magazine and they invited us to their classroom.

03/17/2015 By Marty Patail


Hot Travel Links: Cable Car Hotel Rooms, Treacherous Hikes, and Lost Show Dogs.

Going to the French Alps? Stay in a hotel room suspended 9,000 feet in the air.

03/16/2015 By Marty Patail


Are You Afraid of the Dentist?

Take our free dental survey and enter to win a $100 gift card to Imperial.

03/11/2015 By Marty Patail


Taste Test: Airline Snacks

Portland Monthly's editorial staff sampled airline nuts and crackers... for science!

03/05/2015 By Marty Patail


Caleb Porter: Soccer Genius?

His first season rocked. His second ended before it began. Analysts weigh in on the Timbers' highly touted coach.

03/02/2015 By Marty Patail


A Feminist History of Oregon, from Abigail Scott Duniway to 'Bitch'

Oregon's legacy is rooted in women shipyard workers, suffragettes, sci-fi authors, legal abortion, and kick-ass senators. Get inspired!

03/02/2015 By Marty Patail


Portland’s First Female Head Brewer Talks Fermentation, Culinary School, and Anheuser-Busch

10 Barrel Brewing's Whitney Burnside has climbed to beer ladder from Laurelwood to Upright to Elysian to Pelican. Now, she talks about her biggest challenge yet.

03/02/2015 By Marty Patail