Notes From My First Year in Town
By Matt Love
New in the Northwest: 'Super Sunday in Newport'
"Call me Matthew. Some weeks ago -- never mind how long precisely -- having little or no money in my purse, I found myself cruising Highway 101 in Newport when, like a siren's call to the rocks, I saw the sign for Moby Dick's." Writer and journalist Matt Love, fresh off a 10-year stint as a caretaker for the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, walked into that bar and came out with an essay full of insight and humor. "Super Sunday in Newport: Notes From My First Year in Town" is a personal collection from the man whose writing on Oregon arts, letters and landscapes is highly regarded. Love is the founder of Nestucca Spit Press, which published "Super Sunday."
-- Katie Schneider,
Special to the Oregonian
Nestucca Spit Press is pleased to present its newest release, Super Sunday in Newport: Notes From My First Year in Town, by Matt Love.
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.