Get your read on: Portlandia is going to be a book!

America’s favorite ultra-hipster homage to Portland, Portlandia, has inspired some of the best, weirdest lines in recent memory, from “Shell art is OVER!” to “Put a bird on it!” And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t annoy my friends by asking, “Did you read? Did you read? Did you read?” (See video below for further explanation).

And now, get this: the show’s off-the-wall writing will be transitioning from the small screen back to the written form. Grand Central Publishing plans to release a book on Nov. 20 based on the hilarity of the show, entitled PORTLANDIA: A Guide for Visitors. You too will be able to find a restaurant that prepares locally-sourced food alongside – I hope – prime locations for Dumpster diving.

Even if you don’t have plans to visit Portland in the near future, think of the book as a supplement to the TV show. Says Ben Greenberg, Executive Editor, “Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Bill Oakley and Jon Krisel have created such a unique, surreal world in Portlandia, and the book will allow fans to explore that world even further.”


Carrie Andersen

In addition to writing for Laughspin, Carrie is a graduate student in Austin, Texas, where she researches popular culture, new media, music, and social movements. When not reading or writing in any official capacity, she spends her time playing the drums, watching crappy TV, and eating copious amounts of tacos and barbecue. She also blogs sporadically at

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