Speaking of yet another reason why I don't like the South, is that I'm jealous in way. The South has such a developed literary tradition and I want one. Sense of place and all that.
Anway, that makes things like this peice in WW all the more important. If its purpose was to promote some new PDX writers, it worked. Even though Timberland and Evergreen don't have his book, I'm going to track down Richard Melo's Jokerman 8.