Seattle history

How Thomas Pynchon Turned Seattle Into Nazi Germany

Here’s big news for literature buffs: Gravity’s Rainbow, the masterpiece by Thomas Pynchon, Seattle’s most-honored and influential writer, turns out to be a savage act of vengeance against our town, inspired by our 1962 Century 21 Exhibition. “Seattle World’s Fair scenes have been exaggerated, parodied, remixed,” writes University of British Columbia scholar Jeffrey Severs in…

Tim Appelo

A Brief History of Rotary Viewpoint Park’s Totem Pole

There’s more to West Seattle’s totem pole than meets the eye

Robin Young’s totem pole in West Seattle; in 2009, it was recovered along with a second stolen totem, Renton’s Henry Moses Honoring Pole, which was also put back up

Jake Laycock

Olson Kundig’s King Street Station Project: Q&A With Design Principal Kirsten R. Murray

The ubiquitous Seattle architect team will design a cultural hub at King Street Station

A rendition of King Street Station

Kasee Bailey

Filson’s New Ballard Boutique: Bridging Ballard’s Cultural Gap

Filson’s new Ballard location on Ballard Avenue at the intersection of NW Dock Street is a historic building that served most recently as a chandlery

Knute Berger

Solutions to Help Small Businesses are a Start

But if your favorite old dive bar is currently struggling, well, drink up

Shocking news that the famous Carnegie Deli is closing in New York. In the late 1990s, when the Village Voice bought Seattle Weekly, my new boss, publisher David Schneiderman, took me to the Carnegie on the (accurate) assumption that a guy from Seattle named “Knute” had never had a real pastrami sandwich. I was polite…

Knute Berger

This Forgotten Bridge Once Made an Important Connection

Leschi Bridge was once an essential route for Seattle settlers

You’ve likely stumbled upon it, nearly concealed beneath the brush in Leschi Park, just south of Madrona, and dismissed it as another old, forgotten bridge. But Leschi Bridge, named after Chief Leschi of the Nisqually tribe, was once part of a route that played a vital role in Seattle transportation, linking settlers along Lake Washington…

Eva Seelye

Will Robots One Day Run Our Lives?

The future may finally be here, says Knute Berger, and it looks like robots will rule

A reporter interviews the Televox robot, made by Westinghouse Electric, in the Lloyd Building in 1928

Knute Berger

The History Behind Green Lake’s Grandstand

Green Lake's abandoned Aqua Theater once dazzled

Strolling around Green Lake these days is generally a peaceful pursuit, with most of the action coming from kids playing in the water, kayakers paddling by or the occasional family of ducks flapping around. But at the lake’s southwestern edge, you’ll find the remnants of a historic theater that made a real splash in its…

Jake Laycock

Defending History: Historic Sites Worthy of Preservation in Jeopardy

Development continues to threaten heritage structures, Knute Berger says

The annual list of “most endangered” historic properties around the state has been issued by the nonprofit Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. The list is a warning system for important heritage properties that are likely to be demolished or are woefully neglected and need to be saved. This year’s list includes a Woodinville school dating…

Knute Berger