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Shelf Awareness: 'A stunning collection'
"Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet is a trip, but one with a noble aim: changing how we all think about the world."
The Atlantic: Trump's Solar-Powered Border Wall Is More Than a Troll
There’s a serious policy there—and it points to a longer history of overlap between environmental and anti-immigration groups.
Eastern Daily Press: ‘Continued ruination’: Should some of Norfolk and Suffolk’s historic buildings be allowed to fade?
A professor has sparked debate by publishing a book suggesting climate change, falling budgets and other pressures would in future mean some heritage sites could not be protected.
The Guardian UK: Get in the sea - should we allow coastal heritage sites to fall to ruin?
With hundreds of properties around Britain set to be lost to erosion, some are arguing that historic coastal landmarks should be allowed to decay gracefully.
The Telegraph: Some heritage sites cannot be preserved and should be allowed to decay, academic claims
Professor Caitlin DeSilvey, author of CURATED DECAY, has suggested some perishing landmarks should be allowed to crumble.
Daily Mail: Let old buildings 'rot gracefully'
Professor Caitlin DeSivey said losing heritage does not have to mean failure It can involve a deliberate decision to allow nature to take its course She cites the former atomic weapons testing facility at Orford Ness, Suffolk The National Trust manages the site through a policy of 'continued ruination'
Bitch Media: Purity in a Trumped-Up World
A conversation with AGAINST PURITY author Alexis Shotwell.
Marx and Philosophy Review of Books: Marxist Thought and the City
Marxist Thought and the City indeed points the way forward for the burgeoning fields of spatialized Marxism and radical geography in which much work still remains to be done in face of the pressing contradictions of our environment and contemporary political situation.
Rochester Post-Bulletin: There's a new, simpler way to can preserves
Forget about sterilized jars and lids, or adding pectin, no hot-water bath either. The authors describe it as "preserving the northern way."
neural.it: On the Existence of Digital Objects
The inscrutable nature of “digital objects”, which are essentially data but also industrial products, can lead to considering this term as a sort of oxymoron.
Wisconsin Public Radio: Despite Ups And Downs, 'We Have To Care,' Teacher Says
New Book Tells The 'Real' Side Of Teaching
Heavy Table: Savory Sweet
Is there anything sexier than preserves? The correct answer, of course, is “no.” Preserves capture the bounty of the north’s brief but glorious growing season in a format that stores indefinitely, plays well with other foods, and creates flavors brasher than just about anything else on the plate.
MN Reads: Shelter
Author Sarah Stonich published Shelter in 2011, when she was a single mother looking for connections to home and family for herself and her son.
EdWeek: What I Want From My Next Teaching Job
I just lost my job. This happens in education all the time. I was new to my district, and my district needed money, and a whole bunch of us had to go. A lot of us (me included) hoped to stay, hoped we would escape the teacher shell-game—transfers and retirements and re-hires—that happens this time of year.
Access Minnesota: The Showman Dudley Riggs
Dudley Riggs transformed the Twin Cities theatre scene in 1958 when his Brave New Workshop introduced audiences to “instant theatre.” Today, the BNW is the longest running improv comedy theater in America and has helped launch the careers of some of Minnesota’s funniest entertainers including Louie Anderson, Liz Winstead and Al Franken. Riggs discusses how he conceived of this new type of theatre and his memoir, “Flying Funning: My Life without a Net.”
TTLG Editor's Choice: Creekfinding
Many years ago a spring “burbled out of the ground and tumbled itself across a prairie valley” and it became a creek. The water was home to fish, insects, frogs, birds, and many other creatures. Then the creek was lost because a farmer used a bulldozer to fill it in with earth so that he could plant big fields of corn. Instead of running through a creek bed, the water from the spring flowed through a ditch and it no longer offered animals and plants a habitat where they can thrive.
St. Cloud Times: 'Savory Sweet' is just that
In the opening passages of “Savory Sweet,” Minnesota author Beth Dooley describes her co-author, photographer and friend Mette Nielsen’s propensity for gardening and farmers markets. “We cook from different perspectives,” writes Dooley. “Yet share a desire to preserve summer’s bounty.”
WDIO-TV: Local Author Shares Story of Spring Log Drive in Latest Novel
Although the month of May is kicking off with snow, spring is here and years ago in our region, that meant the spring log drive. A local, award-winning author tackles that tradition in his latest novel - Dead Man's Rapids. William Durbin stopped by GMN Monday to share some of the history behind the story he shares of Ben, a young boy who signs up for the log drive of 1899.
Pioneer Press: For Minnesota author of ‘Old Turtle,’ nature is still filled with countless stories
Doug Wood walks softly to the edge of the road leading to his log cabin on the banks of the Mississippi. He’s looking at what appears to be a big, white ball of fluff that turns out to be a baby horned owl fallen out of the nest.
Star Tribune: A life shaped in the wild
"Old Turtle" author Doug Wood traces the elemental influences of the outdoors in "Deep Woods, Wild Water."