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. 

Music

Reptaliens Are a Trippy Sci-Fi Band Time-Traveling from 1991—and We Dig It

The Portland group's inspirations include Of Montreal, Philip K. Dick, and of course, Gorgon, ruler of the third dimension.

04/25/2019 By Marty Patail

Basketball

Damian Lillard Is a God

A cold, murderous god.

04/24/2019 By Marty Patail

Homelessness: Viewpoints

What Don't We Understand About Homelessness in Portland?

We spoke to a shelter worker, someone who has lived on our streets, a cop, nonprofit directors, and more to find out.

04/23/2019 By Fiona McCann, Rebecca Jacobson, Kelly Clarke, Marty Patail, Margaret Seiler, and Ramona DeNies

News

E-Scooters Are Back and It's Tearing the Portland Monthly Staff Asunder

We continue to love each other—even though some of us are very wrong.

03/27/2019 By Marty Patail

Fix-It Guide: Experts

Portland's Home Care Experts Spill Their Secrets

From fixing troublesome plumbing to organizing nightmare closets, here's your guide to making your home instantly better.

03/26/2019 By Kelly Clarke, Marty Patail, Jackson Main, and Wriik Maui

Fix-It Guide: Garden Amenities

Add a Steamy Sauna to Your Backyard

Call it sweat equity.

03/26/2019 By Marty Patail

Music

Local Record Store Icon Terry Currier Reflects on Music Millennium Turning 50

The music man talks about the dark days of 2007—and why he's more hopeful than ever for the future of record stores.

03/15/2019 By Marty Patail

Soccer

The 2019 Thorns Jerseys Are Here

The best part? The socks. No, for real.

03/14/2019 By Marty Patail

Politics

Jeff Merkley Wants to Make Kitten Murder Illegal

You read that right. The bipartisan "KITTEN Act" would prohibit killing kittens used in USDA lab testing.

03/07/2019 By Marty Patail

Food

With Top Burmese, the Cuisine of Myanmar Officially Lands in Portland

The take-out "virtual restaurant" has been delivering orders of fermented tea leaf salad and Burmese samosas since early February.

03/05/2019 By Marty Patail

Cannabis

Cannabis Is Booming in Oregon. But What Has Surprised Industry Insiders?

Here are three dispatches from our quickly evolving cannabis community, plus our favorite new ways to soak up the scene.

02/26/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Mannheimer, and Marty Patail Illustrations by Vance Lump

The Shakedown

What's the Deal with Rain, Anyway?

We size up that drizzle from the sky.

02/26/2019 By Marty Patail

Cannabis: Soak It Up

Our 10 Favorite New Cannabis Products, Shops, and Events

From unicorn pipes to exploding edibles to weed perfume, here's what we're loving right now.

02/26/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Marty Patail

Cannabis: Rules & Regs

How the OLCC Scrambled to Regulate Oregon's Cannabis Industry

It's been quite the process.

02/26/2019 By Marty Patail

Cannabis

Cannabis Is Booming in Oregon. But What Has Surprised Industry Insiders?

Here are three dispatches from our quickly evolving cannabis community, plus our favorite new ways to soak up the scene.

02/26/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Mannheimer, and Marty Patail Illustrations by Vance Lump

Fashion

Best and Worst Dressed at the 2019 Oscars—According to Style Editor Eden Dawn

Eden Dawn and local fashion icon Poison Waters appeared on KATU this morning to dish on the best and worst looks.

02/25/2019 By Marty Patail

Oregoniana

How Many Oregon Towns Can You Guess from This Old Quiz?

The quiz features 42 rebuses. It's harder than you'd expect.

02/12/2019 By Marty Patail

Beer

35-Year-Old Bridgeport Brewing Is Turning Off Its Taps

Portland's oldest remaining brewery is gone for good. The Pearl District brewpub will be open until March 10.

02/12/2019 By Marty Patail

TV News

Documentary Now! Takes On the Rajneeshees

The two-part episode, titled "Batshit Valley", is a pitch-perfect spoof of Wild Wild Country.

02/11/2019 By Marty Patail