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The Oregon coast is stunning–my family has a beach house there and it’s my favorite vacation spot. I commented on Anne K. Yoder’s article on The Millions this morning, which discusses the terrain of the Pacific Northwest. She’s been on the Oregon coast for nearly a month, writing and observing the beauty of the landscape. She  writes about how nature is a dominant part of life in Oregon and how the Pacific Northwest influenced writers like Ken Kesey, who grew up outside of Eugene. I’ve read One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, but am intrigued by his book Sometimes a Great Notion, which is set in an Oregon logging town. Yoder also mentioned the short story collection Livability by Jon Raymond. His story “The Coast” seems to get the descriptions of the beach just right. It was powerful enough to make me long for the rugged beauty of the Oregon coastline.

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Anis Shivani’s 15 Most Overrated American Writers list on The Huffington Post has generated a lot of debate online. I, for one, want to generate a positive list. If you’re looking for a new book, check out the underrated work of Benjamin Percy. A native of Tumalo, a rural town in central Oregon, Percy packs his stories with fierce, lyrical language, angry yet empathetic characters and a stunning setting: the harshness and raw beauty of the Oregon landscape. His short story collection Refresh, Refresh is brave, unrestrained and exuberantly terrifying. An Oregon native myself, I appreciate his homage to an underrated state.

Percy’s first novel, The Wilding, is due out this fall from Graywolf Press, and it’s being heralded as a modern-day Deliverance. I can’t wait to read it.

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