Elements of Style

Seattle’s Indie Scent Makers Bottle Music and History, Sweet and Strange

Meet the perfumers making scents of it all.

12/19/2017 By Rosin Saez

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Meet Rachael Tatman, Professional Emoji Whisperer

"What’s an emoji? What is it linguistically? I think it’s still something of an open question. "

12/19/2017 By Jessica Voelker

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Spell Casters, a ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Origin Story

A Boeing employee and a mathematician dreamed up a new kind of collectible card game in a Seattle parking lot 25 years ago. They couldn’t have known Magic: The Gathering would change the gaming world forever.

12/18/2017 By Darren Davis

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Is Jay Inslee Ready for the Other Washington?

He won’t say if he’s running for POTUS 2020, but our governor will fight Trump to the finish.

11/20/2017 By Jessica Voelker

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How 'Real Change' Changes Lives

Some 300 people take to the Seattle streets and suburbs to sell Real Change, the weekly homelessness, poverty, and social justice newspaper. They endure wet weather, indifference, and rejection—lots of rejection. Here’s why they still press on.

11/20/2017 By Brooke Jarvis

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The Russian Spies Who Fooled Seattle

Before hackers tried to sway the 2016 election or word spread that our new president might be compromised, a peculiar couple resided on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Have we really taken stock of the spies who lived among us?

10/30/2017 By James Ross Gardner

100 Best Shops

Meet Aude Tabet, Design Director at Filson

The Paris native had stints at Marc Jacobs and Coach before landing landing in the PNW.

10/23/2017 By Rosin Saez

American Heroes

Meet the Trans JBLM Soldier Who’s Suing Trump

Staff sergeant Cathrine Schmid isn’t giving up her 12-year army career without a fight.

10/20/2017 By Sydney Parker

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Ajit George, the Good Son

He used his inheritance to save Shanti Bhavan, the school at the heart of the Netflix documentary ‘Daughters of Destiny.’

10/18/2017 By Jessica Voelker

Iambic Ambassadorships

Seattle, Say Hello to Your New Civic Poet

Anastacia-Reneé caps off a big year with a literary arts ambassadorship.

09/19/2017 By Darren Davis

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Is Consensus Gone After Tim Burgess?

Over the past decade, Tim Burgess has clashed and collaborated with colleagues and as a council member left fingerprints on some of the city’s most important legislation. But mostly he has been a consensus builder. What happens when he’s gone?

09/19/2017 By Hayat Norimine

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Claire Dederer Is a Troublemaker

The author dishes on sex and death and middle age.

08/17/2017 By Jessica Voelker

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The Great Divide: Growing up in Rural Washington as a Muslim Immigrant

What being an outsider taught me about race, class, and politics today.

08/17/2017 By Hayat Norimine

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The Kings of Suicide Hill: Inside the Famous—and Deadly—Omak Stampede

It’s called the World Famous Suicide Race, a harrowing horseback contest between Native American riders in Washington’s most infamous rodeo. This year, one teenager has four days to defend a way of life and keep a family legacy alive.

07/17/2017 By Allison Williams

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David Shields on James Franco, Seattle, and Why Young Novelists Hate Him

“I’m like the problem child, stirring everything up.”

07/11/2017 By Jessica Voelker

A Waiting Game

Meet the Immigrant Choosing Prison Over Deportation

Erasto Merino Najera fears returning to Mexico will cost him his life.

06/12/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Seattle Summer

Flavor Hunters: Salt and Straw’s Seattle Ice Cream Takeover

Can Portland’s favorite frozen treat purveyor translate its mix of geekery and wide-roaming creativity to Seattle?

06/09/2017 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Stuart Mullenberg

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Michael Foster Is Defiant

The Seattle climate activist who turned off the North Dakota Keystone Pipeline gave up his livelihood, his family, and quite possibly—after the upcoming trial—his next two decades of freedom. What drives someone to risk it all?

06/05/2017 By Kathryn Robinson Photography by Mike Kane

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Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson Is a Master Strategist

And he's got a few more moves up his sleeve.

05/15/2017 By Jessica Voelker

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Molly Wizenberg Is an Open Book

The James Beard award–winning author has always been fearless confiding secrets with her audience. Her latest revelation is no different.

04/18/2017 By Jessica Voelker