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. 

TRAVEL DEALS

The Allison Inn and Spa to Host Cuvée Weekends

The luxury Willamette Valley resort will host a Spring celebration of Oregon's bounty.

12/26/2014 By Marty Patail

TRAVEL NEWS

Around the World in 4 Stories

Our roundup of international travel news, including tips from the CIA, a swanky new Airbus jet, and sexy travel gifts.

12/24/2014 By Marty Patail

TAKE FLIGHT

Nation's Tallest Cuckoo Clock Now at Portland Airport

Tick tock on the clock.

12/23/2014 By Marty Patail

TELEVISION

Jerry Seinfeld and Fred Armisen Grab Coffee in Portland

The Portland episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee premiered today. It's awkward, it's funny, and it's worth a watch.

12/04/2014 By Marty Patail

NEWS

Starbucks Launches Mobile Ordering System in Portland

The coffee giant's iPhone ordering system is rolling out in Portland starting today.

12/03/2014 By Marty Patail

TRAVEL DEALS

Incredible Cyber Monday Flight Deals

Rejoice, travelers! Alaska Airlines is offering non-stop service from PDX starting at $49.

12/01/2014 By Marty Patail

WEEKEND GETAWAY

Wintertime is the Right Time to Head to Kauai

We'll show you how to conquer Hawaii's stunning, rugged paradise.

12/01/2014 By Marty Patail

POSTSCRIPT

DRØNSTROP: The Designer Drone for Everyday Use

What would it look like if IKEA offered a DIY drone kit?

12/01/2014 By Marty Patail

WINTER BUCKET LIST

This Winter, Become a Smarter, Craftier, Better Person

Put that winter weekend to good use with a class that will help you level up your life.

12/01/2014 By Margaret Seiler and Marty Patail Illustrations by Matty Newton

WINTER BUCKET LIST

16 Ways to Keep Yourself (and Your Guests) Entertained This Winter

Our guide to Portland's best seasonal shows, winter sports, holiday lights, and after-hours fun

12/01/2014 By Zach Dundas, Aaron Scott, Kelly Clarke, and Marty Patail

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Around the World in Four Stories

The wide world of travel, featuring planes patched with tape, a lamb chop in space, and Munich's Airbräu.

11/24/2014 By Marty Patail

VOX POPULI

Tell Us What You Think About Money

Take our free, anonymous survey and enter to win a $50 gift card to Imperial.

11/11/2014 By Marty Patail

ART

Portland Windows Shine a Light on Ai Weiwei's Alcatraz Art

What do a Chinese dissident, America’s most notorious federal prison, and energy-conscious Portland homeowners have in common?

11/03/2014 By Marty Patail

RIP CITY

The Blazers' Guide to Portland

What do the rip city players and coach like to do in their free time? (Spoiler: they’re just like us!)

11/03/2014 By Marty Patail

BEST RESTAURANTS

Portland Restaurantopoly

The fast-dealing Rose City foodie game!

11/03/2014 By Marty Patail

LIGHT A FIRE

Most With The Least: Urban Gleaners

Tackling food waste by redistributing excess to those who need it most

10/23/2014 By Marty Patail

GAME CHANGER

How to Design a Video Game...Without Shooting!

Chances are, you haven’t played a video game like Firewatch.

10/10/2014 By Marty Patail

COMEDY

Comedian Shane Torres, The Exit Interview

Funnyman Shane Torres is heading for New York. We took a moment to say goodbye—and ask what his worst Portland moment was.

10/06/2014 By Marty Patail

THE STATE OF CRAFT

6 Design Stars Shaping Portland’s Craft Scene

It's no secret that our city is a hotbed of impressive stuff. Meet the makers behind the magic.

10/01/2014 By Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Aaron Scott, Benjamin Tepler, and Marty Patail

TRAVEL NEWS

From Around the World: Sept 29

How to eat healthy on the road, which countries travel the furthest for their honeymoons, and why you could be riding a 59,000 mile space elevator.

09/29/2014 By Marty Patail