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. 

TECH

XOXO 2013: Chris Anderson on Drones and Farming

Former Wired editor Chris Anderson talks about how he went from building a model airplane on his kitchen table to changing the future of agriculture

09/20/2013 By Marty Patail

TECH

XOXO 2013: Why This Fest is Different

This morning, organizers Andy Baio and Andy McMillan told us why XOXO is like no festival you've been to before

09/20/2013 By Marty Patail

GO FORTH AND EAT

Northwest Culinary Road Trips

Pack up the car, cue the road tunes, and seek the simple pleasure of the region's edible bounty at its peak.

09/03/2013 Edited by Rachel Ritchie By Allison Jones and Marty Patail

CULTURE

How the XOXO Festival Charms Cutting-Edge Thinkers

Portland's homegrown ideas fest creates an arts and technology think-tank for the hacker generation.

09/03/2013 By Marty Patail

CULINARY ROAD TRIPS

Wenatchee, Washington's Fresh Flavors

The thriving river region is the backbone of Washington's fruit industry, boasting 150 farms and orchards, 45 wineries, and a new public market.

09/03/2013 By Marty Patail

GEAR UP

Trust Co Unveils its Axes

On September 6, heritage axe restoration brand, Trust Co., is getting inked in a tattoo-themed celebration of its grand opening.

08/28/2013 By Marty Patail

IN FLIGHT

Do Airplanes Need Child-Free Zones?

Some Asian carriers are now offering upgrades to child-free (and, presumably, less noisy) sections of their aircraft. Should the trend catch on here?

08/28/2013 By Marty Patail

GEAR UP

Danner Boots comes to Union Way

Danner's retail store in downtown's high-end Union Way alley offers a convenient new shopping destination for Portland nature-lovers.

08/22/2013 By Emily Gravlin

OREGON CAMPING

Gear Up!

The best Portland stuff for your next camping adventure.

08/01/2013 By Marty Patail

OREGON CAMPING

Oregon's Best State Parks for Day Trippers

Five lightning-fast outdoor getaways for afternoon escapes, from disc golf to waterfall trail hikes.

08/01/2013 By Ketzel Levine

TIPS

Website Helps You Discover New Swimming Holes

The Swim Guide helps you find beaches and swimming holes near you—wherever you are.

07/09/2013 By Marty Patail

BUSINESS

Why Target Is Coming to Downtown Portland

Urban revival draws major brands back to city centers.

07/01/2013 By Marty Patail

COVER STORY

Oregon Beer Guide

Your guide to the best of Oregon craft brewing

07/01/2013 With Christian DeBenedetti, Kasey Cordell, John Chandler, Zach Dundas, Aaron Scott, Benjamin Tepler, Marty Patail, and Branden Andersen Edited by Rachel Ritchie

OREGON BEER GUIDE

The New Wave of Portland Breweries

We know, it’s hard to keep track of the city’s rapidly spawning microbrewery scene. Start with these five standouts.

07/01/2013 By Kasey Cordell, John Chandler, Zach Dundas, Aaron Scott, and Marty Patail

GIVEAWAY

Win a 5-Night Honolulu Getaway

Enter now to win a five night stay at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

06/27/2013 By Marty Patail

HAPPENINGS

Scenic Crater Lake Road Open Only for Hikers and Cyclists

On June 22 and 23, head south to bike or hike one of Oregon's most beautiful roads—without cars!

06/20/2013 Photography by Marty Patail

NEWS

Portland's Ace Hotel Goes to England

Portland's trendiest hotel announces a new location in a hip London neighborhood

06/19/2013 By Marty Patail

HAPPENINGS

Cherry Celebration in Hood River

On July 20 and 21, the Hood River County Fruit Loop hosts a delicious, two-day celebration of all things cherry

06/18/2013 By Marty Patail