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. 

Cover Story

The Best Places to Work 2020

Mind-melting offices, galaxy-brain work perks, and forward-thinking companies changing Portland’s work culture.

12/31/2019 Edited by Marty Patail

Best Places to Work

In the Age of the Internet, Why Do We Still Need Offices?

Most of us have the same access at home as we do at the office. The coffee is better at home, too.

12/31/2019 By Marty Patail

Cover Story

The Best Places to Work 2020

Mind-melting offices, galaxy-brain work perks, and forward-thinking companies changing Portland’s work culture.

12/31/2019 Edited by Marty Patail

Best Places to Work

Squarespace’s Downtown Office Puts an Emphasis on Togetherness—and Food

Meals are a big deal here.

12/31/2019 By Marty Patail

Best Places to Work

Swift’s Northwest Portland HQ is Packed to the Brim with Delights

At this point, the yoga sessions, roving bar cart, and rosé and Ecliptic hazy on tap just seem like overkill.

12/31/2019 By Marty Patail

The Shakedown

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of 2020

We size up the coming storm.

12/31/2019 By Marty Patail and Margaret Seiler

A Ticket to Ride

For Xmas, the City of Portland Is Gifting Us with More Time for E-Scooters. Yay?

The Portland Bureau of Transportation announces the e-scooters will be with us throughout 2020.

12/20/2019 By Julia Silverman

The Shakedown

What's the Deal with Star Wars?

Weesa sizin’ up the sci fi franchise that drops a new movie on December 20.

11/26/2019 By Marty Patail

Hotel Design

Portland Hasn't Seen A Boutique Hotel Quite Like This Before

Icelandic important KEX Portland is full of 'historical detritus.'

11/26/2019 By Marty Patail

Caring for Our Planet

How a 30-Year-Old Conservation Group Is Thwarting Developers and Protecting Pristine Forest Land

Columbia Land Trust now controls 45,000 acres along the Columbia River—where nothing will ever be built

10/23/2019 By Marty Patail

The Shakedown

What's the Deal with Reading?

We size up our bookish habits.

10/23/2019 By Marty Patail

Best New Restaurants 2019: Trends

Seven Spots Expanding Portland’s Food Map

In 2019, Guam, Burma, the Philippines, and other nations got more room at the table.

10/18/2019 By Karen Brooks, Kelly Clarke, and Marty Patail

Something to Consider

How to Fix the Rose Quarter’s Traffic Problem

We've got ideas.

10/16/2019 By Marty Patail Illustrations by Hawk Krall

Trophy Case

3 Amazing Local Greeting Card Designers—for Any Occasion

No matter the sentiment, there's a locally crafted card for it.

10/16/2019 By Marty Patail

Design

How This Icelandic Designer Is Bringing World History to a New Portland Hotel

Designer Halfdan Pedersen travelled the world to fill the new Portland expansion of Reyjavik-based KEX.

10/16/2019 By Marty Patail

Editor's Note

Okay, What Exactly Is Design?

We have a running joke at the magazine: If it’s pretty to look at, it most likely counts as design.

10/16/2019 By Marty Patail

Q&A

How Untitled Goose Game Conquered the Gaming World

Panic's cofounder Cabel Sasser talks about game publishing, his company's evolution, and how a humble goose took the world by storm.

10/10/2019 By Marty Patail

The Shakedown

Okay, What's the Deal with Wine?

We size up Oregon's grapiest beverage.

09/23/2019 By Marty Patail

Entertaining Guide

12 More Awesome Ways to Party in Portland

From axe-throwing contests and rooftop get-downs to wine-and-cheese platters and pizza parties, there's really no excuse not to throw an epic party.

08/27/2019 By Heather Arndt Anderson, Kelly Clarke, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Conner Reed, and Benjamin Tepler

Music

Damian Lillard Is Dropping a New Album This Friday

Big D.O.L.L.A. has 10 tracks and brings back Lil Wayne.

08/07/2019 By Marty Patail