Throughout human history, we have struggled to find tools by which the universe might be understood: Galileo and Copernicus wrestled with theories of heliocentrism and geocentrism, Thomas Young fought to decode the Rosetta Stone, and Douglas Adams sought the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything.
It is, however, entirely possible that the residents of Portland, Oregon have discovered the true philosophical and galactic constant–the method and means by which anything can be explained…or, at least, made infinitely more entertaining.
The center of existence may, indeed, be zombies.
In fact, this month, Portland devotes a four-week stretch to the shambling ghouls, with May of the Dead…a series of disparate events covering film, music, money, gaming, and, of course, booze. Zombies are at the center of Portland life…so to speak.
I’ll also engage in a bit of awkward self-promotion: I’ll speak with Todd Werkhoven, who, along with CNN reporter Lisa Desjardins and myself, is one of the authors of Zombie Economics: A Guide to Personal Finance.
The show will also feature another “Outlook Portland Editorial Reply”, brought to you by our marquee sponsor, Things From Another World. This week’s guest editorialist: Vince, from the zombie-themed graphic novel Walking Dead.