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nano: New American Notes Online interviews Tony D. Sampson
Sampson's work (Virality; The Assemblage Brain) touches on issues of imitation and contagion.
BoingBoing: It's about Time: Reading Steampunk's Rise and Roots
Excerpt from LIKE CLOCKWORK, edited by Rachel Bowser and Brian Croxall.
Washington Post: An illustrated history of the most beautiful canoes
“Canoes,” by Mark Neuzil and Norman Sims, is a vibrant history of one of North America’s most beloved conveyances.
How Aluminum Revolutionized The Canoe: Excerpt in Gear Junkie
After World War II, the manufacture and performance of American-made canoes experienced a surge thanks to a new material: Aluminum.
Starred PW review: Sherlock Holmes and the Eisendorf Enigma
Author Larry Millett does a superb job of portraying Holmes without the familiar Watsonian narration and creating a creepy setting for his inquiries.
Kirkus Reviews: Sherlock Holmes and the Eisendorf Enigma
A trip to the Mayo Clinic plunges the famed sleuth into an adventure as perilous as the Reichenbach Falls.
PopMatters: "Like catching up with an old friend after being apart for decades."
This book, a collection of previously published articles and essays from several newspapers and magazines, is a lovingly curated set of writings that highlight one of the Twin Cities’ favorite music critics and scene cheerleaders. Walsh’s long career, which includes stints as Music Editor for the City Pages (a free weekly) and pop music columnist for the St Paul Pioneer Press, has also seen him published in Rolling Stone, SPIN, The Village Voice, Melody Maker, and the Utne Reader, among many others. Walsh is also a musician, playing in several bands, including REMs, a punk band that bubbled up in the same scene as The Replacements and Hüsker Dü.
Beatrice Ojakangas on her big Finnish family, pizza rolls
Ojakangas, author of HOMEMADE plus 29 cookbooks, talks with WTIP.
Steven Salaita on Rising Up with Sonali
The on-going actions at Standing Rock, North Dakota have been met with many gestures of solidarity. One of the most interesting is solidarity from Palestinian rights activists who have seen a clear parallel between the Indigenous struggle for sovereignty and treaty rights with the Palestinian struggle for self-determination.
MinnPost: Minnesota's unique role in the Ford Motor Company
When we talk about Ford in Minnesota, we are now talking about redeveloping its Twin Cities Assembly Plant site. We’ve moved on. But author Brian McMahon says not so fast — “Let’s remember what happened there.”
MPR: Henry Ford's influence in Minnesota
Brian McMahon (THE FORD CENTURY IN MINNESOTA) talks with Cathy Wurzer about the St. Paul plant and the former Minneapolis plant.
FullStop: Rene Magritte
Magritte had the exceeding power of knowing exactly what he was doing and putting it into precise words. Language, in fact, is a primary element in several of his best-known paintings, and a subject they contemplate.
Canoeists: Here's a very satisfying literary expedition for the winter.
Hardcore canoeists often view the world in paddling metaphors. Reading through each chapter felt like an adventurous backcountry journey, sometime through familiar territory, but with pleasant surprises along the way.
Tara's Multicultural Table: Homemade review and Grandmother's sugar cookies
Along with stories and memories of her life, Beatrice also shares 42 of her most memorable recipes including Pulla (Finnish Cardamom Coffee Bread), Orange Date-Nut Cake, Leipäjuusto (Finnish Baked Cheese), Stroganoff Burger, Mustikkapiirakka (Finnish Blueberry Bars), Burnt Sugar Ice Cream, Cream of Morel Soup, Swedish Prince’s (Princess) Cake, and Finnish Rye Bread.
BeyondChron: Did Obama Fail Urban America?
As James DeFilippis, editor of an important new book, Urban Policy in the Time of Obama, puts it, Obama’s urban initiatives were “all fairly small, modestly funded, and low profile.”
Hong Kong Review of Books: Foucault in Iran
Angus Reoch reviews Foucault in Iran:, arguing that it is never useless to revolt and grappling with the contradictions of Western philosophy as they have emerged in the real world
Shepherd Express: Jim Walsh is a true believer.
“I believe everyone should stop saying ‘That rocks’ about things that absolutely do not rock.”
Northern Lights Reading Project: No Recipe Needed
Excerpt + review of HOMEMADE by Beatrice Ojakangas.
The Norwegian American: New edition, old tales
The classic folktales in this reprint pull the reader into an imaginary world where good behavior guarantees rewards and magical characters appear when the hero and heroine are at their wit’s end.
WTIP with Michael Schumacher
The author of TORN IN TWO talks shipwreck with WTIP.