The last (mistake) of six children, Jonathan Shipley grew up in Olympia eating Bisquick straight from the box while reading the scintillating short stories of Jack London and Edgar Allan Poe before his mother starting asking angrily around the house, “Hey! Where’s the Bisquick?” Since then, he’s used Bisquick to make muffins, pancakes and coffee cakes all the while becoming engrossed in all things wordy (geeky).
He contributes feature stories, articles and our monthly Fast Fact column to City Arts magazine. He’s also writes the BOOK JUNKIE column on the CAB.
He’s written for various other publications including the LA Times, Boston Globe, Lexus magazine, and welding-themed haiku poetry for Welding and Cutting magazine. Seriously. It’s a real magazine. Google it.
He collects first editions (his favorite authors he’s collected includes John Steinbeck, T.C. Boyle, and Peter Matthiessen), reads voraciously, haunts bookstores, frequents libraries, writes short stories, essays, humorous bits, poetry, plays, novels, TV pilots that will never air and letters to corporations in hopes they’ll give him free stuff. With his extra time, he writes and reads even more than previously mentioned in this bio, and bakes with Bisquick.

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For the Love of the Scots

Do you have any idea of what a caber toss is? Think of balancing a telephone pole vertically in your cupped hands, then throwing it into the air so that it turns end over end and lands upright. Now that’s living, laddie! This traditional Scottish...
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Fast Fact

Did you know that Seattleites were not immune to the scourge of Beatlemania? It’s true! After the Sound Point Naval Air Station was deactivated in 1970, there was a mighty wrangling among various groups over what to do with the land that had housed...
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Fast Fact

Did you know that the place to be on weekends and in the summer in the ’40s and ’50s in Seattle was Beaver Lake on the Sammamish Plateau? It’s true! Beaver Lake, before it was suburbanized, was a recreation area with cabins and lodges. In the...
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Fast Fact

Did you know that a doo-wop group from Tacoma performed on the Ed Sullivan Show? It’s true! The Pearls were an R&B group that formed in 1957 at Tacoma’s McChord Air Force Base. Artis Johnson Jr., Elsie Hall, Rueben Martin and Robin Small formed a...
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In Store

Unlikely Pair It doesn’t take long to see how committed Sadaf Hussain is to her passions. Those who walk into her Phinney Ridge business are surrounded by them: chocolate, shoes and not a hint of leather. Photograph by Andrew Waits for City...
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Fast Fact

Did you know that Seattleites were not immune to the scourge of Beatlemania? It’s true! On August 21, 1964, the Liverpool quartet appeared before a throng of concertgoers at the Seattle Center Coliseum. They sang for less than an hour, performing...
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Fast Fact

Did you know the first Chautauqua on Puget Sound was held at Dilworth Point on Vashon Island? It’s true! A summertime gathering of lectures, discussions, music and cultural activities lasting several days, the Chautauqua movement was exceedingly...
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Fast Fact

Did you know that Bellevue Square was the first regional suburban shopping center in the Pacific Northwest? Built on what used to be strawberry fields, the shopping center got its start when Kemper Freeman Sr. began buying up Bellevue property with...
August 2010

In Store: Worlds for Sale

After more than sixty years, Metsker is still on the map. Photography by André Mora for City Arts. A lost soul wanders into the store. “Do you know where the first Starbucks is?” Yes, indeed, the folks at Metsker Maps do know where it is. Just...
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In Store: Roughing It

The Field House brings working class back to Ballard. Photography by Andrew Waits for City Arts. Virile would be a word to describe it. Robust, perhaps. Strapping. The Field House in Ballard fits all these descriptions. Stout. Hardy. It’s a place...
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In Store: Tales for Tots

Alphabet Soup Children’s Books casts a spell on local children, and on adults who are kids at heart. Photography by Andrew Waits for City Arts. A wooden toy that turned into a real boy lives here. A precocious pig named Olivia lives here, too....
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The Freedom of the Press

Northwest artists brandish the tools of countless revolutions, large and small, proving that letterpress still matters, even in our digital age. Especially in our digital age. Griffith Williams prepares to press at his Kenmore studio, East Point West...