A blog about the stories that nourish and sustain us, and the small miracles of everyday life. Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland magazine and the author of numerous books, most recently the novel Mink River.

Psycho Babble

A blog about psycholinguistics with posts each Thursday by Jessica Love, a psychologist and science writer at Northwestern University. Her most recent article “Reading Fast and Slow” appeared in our Spring 2012 issue.


On Science

A blog about the new, the odd, and the wonderful, with posts each Wednesday by Josie Glausiusz, who has written about every topic known to science, from physics to furry animals, for magazines that include Nature, National Geographic, Discover, and Wired. She is the co-author of Buzz: The Intimate Bond Between Humans and Insects.

Class Notes

A blog about the art of teaching, with new posts each Tuesday by Paula Marantz Cohen, a distinguished professor of English at Drexel University and the author of the novels Jane Austen in Scarsdale or Love, Death and the SATs and What Alice Knew: A Most Curious Tale of Henry James and Jack the Ripper.

Writing Lessons

Each Monday a poet, a novelist, an essayist, a journalist, or a scholar recalls a piece of advice or an experience that was most helpful to their writing career.


Words of wisdom from Fergus M. Bordewich, Rachel Hadas, Lee Sandlin, Emily Bernard, Sissela Bok, Jill McCorkle, Nathaniel Rich, Neil Shea, David Guterson, Paul Salopek, Colum McCann, Dennis McFarland, Robert Campbell, Charles Bowden, Bret Anthony Johnston, Jerome Charyn, Edith Pearlman, William S. McFeely, James McConkey, Stephen Goodwin, Witold Rybczynski, Hampton Sides, Maxine Kumin, and Pico Iyer