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Thomas Lauderdale’s Summer Reading List: Geek Love

Welcome back to Thomas Lauderdale’s Summer Reading List! Thomas’ choice this week is Geek Love by Katherine Dunn, best-selling author, poet, and radio personality from our hometown of Portland. This book recommendation strays a bit off topic compared to some of Thomas’ other suggestions, but it does offer a fun glimpse into his life as a budding young wordsmith. We hope you enjoy it. Take it away, Thomas

Katherine Dunn | Geek Love“Katherine Dunn is such a fantastic writer. I was her assistant when I was in high school for about a year. She had a column in the Willamette Week called The Slice, in which people would write questions in and she would answer them. I remember one time someone wrote in and asked, “How many columns are in the parking garages at Lloyd Center?”. She threw that one to me. I now know why. What a stupid question! And at the time I thought, “Oh, what an interesting question! I want to know the answer to that!”. I was way off. Here’s the original question:

With all this talk of remodeling the Lloyd Center, I got nostalgic and wandered over to that great piece of Americana. Read More…

Happy Birthday Sofi and Amanda von Trapp!

We’ve had such a great time touring this July, and not only because we’ve been able to visit some of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s also been a month of birthdays! We celebrated Thomas’ birthday in Istanbul last week, and this week we’ve had the great opportunity of celebrating two von Trapp birthdays! Amanda von Trapp turned 23 on the 18th, and Sofi turned 26 today! We’ve been so lucky to collaborate with you so often the past few years, and look forward to many more years of songwriting, schnitzel nights, and singalongs. Happy birthday to the both of you!

Amanda von Trapp BirthdaySofi von Trapp Birthday Read More…

Thomas Lauderdale’s Summer Reading List: “The Story of Opal”

Welcome back to Thomas Lauderdale’s Summer Reading List! We hope you’ve been enjoying Thomas’ selections so far. This week’s pick is from another Oregon author – Opal Whiteley. The Story of Opal is a beautifully written, highly controversial diary of a young girl from Cottage Grove, Oregon, who escapes her tedious life of poverty and abuse by befriending the plants and animals in the forests surrounding her home.

Take it away, Thomas!

opal whiteley“This is an incredible story of a woman who grew up in Cottage Grove, Oregon, who was clearly a genius and was very much involved in nature, and kind of had a crazy life. I think that there’s been renewed interest, because at the Multnomah County Library, an author by the name of Benjamin Hoff, who wrote The Tao of Pooh, found The Story of Opal on the shelves of the library and the whole thing was republished.

It’s basically the diary of a very advanced girl – I guess she was seven when she wrote it. It was declared a hoax at a certain point in the 1920s. Read More…

Happy Birthday, Thomas!

You’re the best bandleader a humble little orchestra could ask for. We love you, Thomas! Happy Birthday!

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Thomas M. Lauderdale’s Summer Reading List: “Portland: A Historical Sketch”

Welcome back to Thomas M. Lauderdale’s Summer Reading List! In this new Pink Martini blog series, each week the famed leader of our humble little orchestra will share a favorite title from his extensive library that he thinks you’d enjoy by the pool, at the beach, on your lunch break, in school, or wherever you’ll be spending time this summer!

Portland: A Historical Sketch and Guide

This week’s suggestion is Portland: A Historical Sketch and Guide, by Terence O’Donnell and Thomas Vaughan. This book is the definitive guide to the history, geography, and culture of our hometown of Portland, Oregon, and is chock-full of fascinating facts about Portland, great tours for you to take when you visit, and some amazing photos of Portland in the 1800s – 1950s. Take it away, Thomas!

“There have been a lot of books written about Oregon and Portland, but I think the best book about Portland was written in 1976 by Terence O’Donnell and Thomas Vaughan, who led the Oregon Historical Society and just died recently. This is a beautiful book. It really sort of captures, I think, what it is to move to Portland. Read More…

Thomas M. Lauderdale’s Summer Reading List

Do you need a few good book suggestions to pore over this summer? Well, look no further than Thomas M. Lauderdale’s Summer Reading List! In this new Pink Martini blog series, the famed leader of our humble little orchestra will share a favorite title from his extensive library that he thinks you’d enjoy by the pool, at the beach, on your lunch break, in school, or wherever you’ll be spending time this summer!

This week’s selection is A Shout in the Street: An Excursion into the Modern City by Peter Jukes. Take it away, Thomas! Read More…