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. 


Q&A with H. Jon Benjamin from 'Bob’s Burgers' and 'Archer'

Win tickets to 'Bob’s Burgers Live'—a sold out night of standup and shenanigans with the cast of the animated show. May 10 at the Crystal Ballroom.

05/01/2013 By Marty Patail


Riverfront Property

We've scouted the best locales for weekends at the river, whether you're looking for fly-fishing spots, lazy floating, or white-knuckle rides.

05/01/2013 Edited by Kasey Cordell By Zach Dundas and Marty Patail


What's Portland's Greatest Name?

From Kyle Awesome to Beau Breedlove, we rank local monickers.

03/22/2013 By Zach Dundas and Marty Patail


Neighborhoods by the Numbers: 2013

Portland Real Estate 2013

03/22/2013 Edited by Marty Patail


Old World Eats

A hearty trek through Portland's Central European feasts

02/22/2013 Edited by Rachel Ritchie and Karen Brooks By Marty Patail


Portland Timbers with Multinational Loyalties

Some Portland soccer pros salute several flags.

02/21/2013 By Zach Dundas and Marty Patail


The Story of O

Can the Oregonian survive? We look to the newspaper's past for clues.

02/15/2013 By Marty Patail


Our Schools Guide 2013

The ultimate by-the-numbers guide to our region's 596 public and private schools

01/24/2013 Edited by Marty Patail


City Council Astrology

An astrologer predicts how our new city council will collaborate—and clash!

12/12/2012 By Marty Patail


Ink City

Portland’s astonishing comic-book community proves its super powers.

03/23/2012 By Marty Patail


10 Sunshine Getaway Travel Destinations

Here's a plan to combat our collective vitamin-D deficiency: Ten places where you're just about guaranteed sunshine and blue skies...and they're all just one direct flight away!

01/24/2012 Edited by Kasey Cordell With Rachel Ritchie and Marty Patail


Go By: Train

Ride the rails to the best of the West

09/19/2011 By Marty Patail and Zach Dundas

Editor’s Note

Golden Goals

With the Portland Timbers' first season as an MLS team fast approaching, over 10,000 season tickets have been sold. The question is, can the low-budget "Timbers Army" fan base that has been with the team for 10 seasons in an obscure second-tier league sur

02/11/2011 By Zach Dundas and Martin Patail