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 The Plover.

Neutral Ground


A blog about the city of New Orleans as the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches. New Orleans resident Wayne Curtis is the author of The Last Great Walk and And a Bottle of Rum.

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.

Next Line, Please


Each Tuesday, our readers contribute a new line of verse in collaboration with a renowned poet.

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 Dava Sobel, Joshua Davis, Robert Hellenga, M. G. Lord, Stanley Plumly, S. C. Gwynne, Diarmaid MacCulloch, Jeremy Bernstein, Ann Beattie, David Huddle, Lee Upton, Ingrid D. Rowland, Owen Gingerich, Annette Gordon-Reed, Robert Hahn, Wendy Smith, Ernest B. Furgurson, Sheila Kohler, Maud Casey, Ben Yagoda, Henry Wiencek, Paul Elie, Simon Winchester, Martha McPhee, Jeffrey Tayler, Brenda Wineapple, Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough, Mary-Sherman Willis, Andrea Barrett, Jill McCorkle, Howard Norman, Phyllis Rose, Michael Dirda, 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