Super Sunday in Newport: Notes from My First Year in Town (Pt. 1 Newport Trilogy).
By: Matt Love.
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Published: Nestucca Spit Press, 2009.
After ten years serving as caretaker of the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Tillamook County, Love moved to Newport and began a new chapter in his life. “When I left the refuge I wasn’t sure I would continue to write with the same intensity. But I adapted quickly to my new home and found the area rich with stories. Very rich.”
Super Sunday in Newport features 46 pieces originally written for the weekly open mic sessions at Café Mundo in Nye Beach. It mixes memoir, polemic, vignette, essay and photographs to create a unique personal portrait of Newport and unconventional narrative of Love’s transitional year.
“Most of what is written about Newport is strictly for tourists. I like to think that no one has observed Newport quite like I have and that the book offers fresh insights into one of the greatest towns in Oregon. It’s a personal story too, about some of the wonderful, excruciating and fantastic things that happened to me in that first year,” said Love.
Whether it was encountering a mysterious coyote on the beach, documenting tavern life, browsing thrift stores, teaching high school English, commenting on Oregon and national politics or coping with a freak tragedy that befell one of his dogs, Love observes the people and places of Newport with passion, insight, humor and an informed view of history.