Jon Raymond is the author of the novels Freebird (forthcoming), Rain Dragon and The Half-Life, as well as the short-story collection Livability, winner of the Oregon Book Award. He is also the screenwriter of the film Meek’s Cutoff and co-writer of the films Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy, both based on his short fiction, and the film Night Moves. His writing has appeared in Tin House, the Village Voice, Bookforum, Artforum, and other publications. Raymond lives in Portland, Oregon.
The Community is a collection of twenty years’ worth of reviews, essays, interviews, and profiles by Portland-based novelist and screenwriter Jon Raymond offering a time-lapse portrait of a medium-sized city’s artistic scene. By turns an ironic, moody, and bemused meditation on the abiding character of the author’s home town, The Community stands as a significant addition to a small collection of public documents addressing the history and politics of art in the Northwest.