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Here's an event that I won't be getting invited to, and if I am, I'm not going. A reader sends along a copy of a breathless invitation that he received from Matthew Stadler, a Randy Gragg comrade in pretention and tortured artist-type gay author who puts together "presentations/symposia/bacchanals in Portland, Oregon, replete with food, drink, music, and general boisterousness garlanding the central pleasure of bright intellects voicing their excellent texts, winging it in conversation, and screening or presenting various textual and visual delights."

This upcoming hoedown is special with a capital "S," however. It's a "back room" happening between Portland's mayor and a group of impressionable college students:

Just wanted to send you a heads-up about an unusual civic event, and food happening: Clyde Common and Nate Tilden have stepped up to the plate to cook some fabulous food for a first-ever "budget back room," bringing students from PSU and UO's White Stag building to the table with special guest Mayor Sam Adams. Seats are $10, and that covers everything you've come to expect from "the back room" — superb food, drink, frank ranging conversation, and some social fireworks. Dinner will be served at 6 pm, Tuesday, June 9th, in the big light well at White Stag.

25 students from the two schools have snagged the seats. Their topic with Sam: policy and real politics around urban planning. How do the deals get done that make our city? Credit Ethan Seltzer at PSU and, well, me at UO with getting the schools together at a common table, and credit Sam and Clyde Common with making it really special. I've cc'ed the lot of them, in case you want more info (like that menu, Nate!)

Stadler's rambling Wikipedia entry notes that he has written four novels about "children, sexuality, and art."

Ewww. Just ewww.

Comments (34)

Stadler's rambling Wikipedia entry notes that he has written four novels about "children, sexuality, and art."

You have go to be kidding!!

"presentations/symposia/bacchanals in Portland, Oregon, replete with food, drink, music, and general boisterousness garlanding the central pleasure of bright intellects voicing their excellent texts, winging it in conversation, and screening or presenting various textual and visual delights."

And even liberals not part of this subset of the political left can now understand why they all get tagged as "elitist".

"Seats are $10, and that covers everything you've come to expect from "the back room" — superb food"

Yeah, I know, cheap shot.

Ewwww. Just ewwww. I'm glad it's too early to lose my lunch. Thanks Jack

Here is a summary of one of his "novels". These guys cant possibly be serious, can they?

The Sex Offender is a 1994 novel by Matthew Stadler. The book is strongly influenced by the theory of Michel Foucault on the links between state control of sex, health, and criminal behavior.

The Sex Offender chronicles the rehabilitation of a teacher (known as "Mr. uh, uh") who has had sex with a 12-year-old boy. He undergoes perverse forms of aversion therapy from the Orwellian Criminal and Health Ministry. Sessions involve watching pornographic movies featuring a young boy masturbating while the offender's sexual arousal is measured and punishment administered. During these sessions, both the patient and his "Doctor-General" wear only bags over their heads.

Meanwhile, the offender begins visiting a forbidden night-club, lair of the drag queen Lucrezia, outlawed but idolized by pervert and politician alike. Lucrezia initiates the offender into a clandestine rebellion against the police state, and among the rebels he meets the child from the child pornography he watches in therapy.

Sam must be in heaven - This is going to save him a lot of money trolling.

I have to say, this sounds like another brilliant career move by Adams and his team!

I couldn't find "The Sex Offender" novel in Wilinet (Washington County Library,) but Mulnomah County Library has five copies for pukage.

According to Wikipedia, three of Stadler's books are about pedophiles.

I can't believe that this is an official event sanctioned by the UofO and PSU --- for students!

Are there no "in loco parentis" policies at these schools?

Portland's productive creative class....circling the drain....flushing ever so more toward Gomorrah. These poofters stop at nothing. What a sorry mess.

Will Mayor Creepy greet them at the "backdoor" ????

Their topic with Sam: ... How do the deals get done that make our city?

God, what I'd give for a truthful answer to that!

That ends it for me in planning to donate to the U of O architectural/planning departments if this is sanctioned by them. It will be for many more too.

I couldn't find "The Sex Offender" novel in Wilinet (Washington County Library,) but Mulnomah County Library has five copies for pukage.

Im sure you can find them at any local public school library as well.

In all fairness, we can't know from the Wiki entry whether those books criticized or encouraged pedophilia. If the former, he wouldn't be so creepy. Regardless, it's a bizarre PR call for Sam and his staff.

I'll say it again.You can't make this s#%t up. Adams is insane and there is just enough of the crazy creative class out there to buy in. What the hell is wrong with the business and political class in this city. Are they going to allow him to turn Portland into a psycho/deviant s*#t hole. I'm a liberterian, but there has to be some standard to hold ourselves against. Is this it. Is the bar really that low here. This is so sad.

"In all fairness, we can't know from the Wiki entry whether those books criticized or encouraged pedophilia."

Does this answer your question? From The Village Voice:

Stadler has already tackled this subject matter in his journalism, taking positions rarely seen in the mainstream. Last year he wrote an article for Spin sympathetically exploring the complexities of the relationship between Mary Kay Tourneau, the Seattle teacher convicted of statutory rape, and her teenage lover. In an article he wrote for Seattle's weekly newspaper The Stranger, he glimpsed into the North American Man Boy Love Association, portraying it for the most part as a bunch of soft-spoken men who find near-innocent pleasure in the eroticized images of children available in mainstream advertising.

Sam. Back room. Students. I don't see the word "lube" mentioned anywhere. Must be an oversight.

But, really, this whole event has to be some sort of joke.

What the hell is wrong with the business and political class in this city. Are they going to allow him to turn Portland into a psycho/deviant s*#t hole. I'm a liberterian, but there has to be some standard to hold ourselves against. Is this it. Is the bar really that low here. This is so sad.

Posted by m | May 28, 2009 10:23 AM

Great question!!!

Where are the people you mentioned ,and are they for a recall, or will we sink even lower?

The 25 students are probably grad students, not college students, or at least should be if alcoholic beverages are going to be served.

I'm left wondering why this was set up as a "civic event and food happening" for 25 students instead of a guest lecture for an urban studies class or for a larger group of students. At $10 a head it doesn't look like a fundraiser.

And what are the "social fireworks" promised in the announcement?

"How do the deals get done that make our city?"

You gotta assk?

From the Wikipedia article, which, from the History page, it appears Stadler monitors closely, if he didn't write it himself:

"Sprawl is the disappearance of an idea," Stadler writes in the annotated reader, Where We Live Now, "So how can we go on speaking of the city and the country, yet not remain fixed in the downward spiral of loss?"

Gilded Foolishness, as Grandma used to say.

I'll be brief:


Portland can't get a new mayor fast enough.

"Does this answer your question? From The Village Voice:"

Yowzas! Yes, that answers it! I thought it was fair to give him the benefit of the doubt, but a NAMBLA sympathizer? Holy crap!

Now, do we know Sam and his staff knew about that when they planned the event?

"Now, do we know Sam and his staff knew about that when they planned the event?"

Yes, because college-age students are officially legal as targets. So its OK.

Boys and girls, can we say "chicken hawk"?

I love this from the quote: "... winging it in conversation..." They must be bright intellects! They know how to converse!

So sick of hyperbole at all levels. Just empty words.

Why wait for the college kids? Tomorrow there's this.

Will the mens restroom be available?

Sam will be hosting one of the break-out groups in stall #3 of the White Stag building.

Call it the Quivering Society.

You know, I don't think non-violent sex crimes should be punished by jail time. The perpetrators should pay big fines, given a 24 hour surveillance device, and be registered on an international website which identifies them as an offender and the nature of their offenses. DNA matching stations at every police precinct can have a suspect's irises cross-matched to the website within an hour. A certain threshold of repeat offenses leads to jail.

Violent sex offenders should be offered jail or castration, and if they choose castration, they should still be surveilled and registered like non-violent offenders, and should be more or less on permanent probation.

People should be able to go to the website and type in their own address and get the names, photos, and addresses of all pedophiles in their zipcode and area.

Acts of pedophilia need to be prevented, and non-violent pedophilia needs to be de-stigmatized. The public should be made aware that it is a compulsive mental illness much like alcoholism and that it is, in general a life-long affliction. The reason people hate pedophiles is because they are hidden and, like sharks in Australian waters, stealthy. All that could change if there was a really transparent means of identifying and watching them.

As for Mary Kay Letourneau, slapping her in jail for having sex with someone with whom she already had a child and an obvious mutual commitment seems a ridiculous waste of taxpayer money. Give her a bracelet, register her on the website,let her marry the kid once he's legal and raise the kid with him, and have her transgressions made public and accessible. Make her pick up garbage on the freeway every Saturday until menopause.

And none of this is any soft-porn smoothing over of the Adams situation. The guy is a sc**bag for so many other reasons than just being attracted to a young kid. Starting with coaching him to lie, and ending down so many branched and thicketted trails it is hardly possible to follow it all.

Sorry this was so long.

Sorry this was so long.

I won't do it.

Who says I have to?

I like tomorrows event with Sam and Portland's youth. It says "Under 18? Click here." I wonder how many times Sam and his staff will "click on".


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