In the October issue of Portland Monthly, culturephiles will:

◊ Read our interview with Malcolm Gladwell, including his thoughts on imitators, underdogs, and becoming Goliath.

← Shuffle down to the Portland Zombie Walk, wind your way through the Halloween Fantasy Trail, and catch more special events this October.

◊ Stroll through the Portland Japanese Garden, where the garden's CEO and curator are reinventing an exquisite, endangered art. 

◊ Explore questions of home and homelessness with our review of The Revolution of Every Day,” a debut novel by Cari Luna.

◊ Map Elliott Smith’s many Portland references, from Lincoln High to Django Records.  

◊ Take a tour through OMSI’s re-creation of Sherlock’s imaginary headquarters at 221B Baker Street.

◊ Fill your free time with our picks for this month, from Steve Martin to Twelfth Night of the Living Dead.

◊ Open up the Trophy Case and peruse October’s best handmade stuff, from a book on Pacific Northwest Cheese to five new albums released on cassette tape.

◊ Look back on nearly ten years of international musical success by Portland phenomenon Pink Martini and learn how they made their millions.

◊ Enter the fray in Oregon’s suburban newspaper wars, where two media groups are battling it out for a hyperlocal audience.