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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.
Detroit Metro Times: 3 books about Detroit for the bookworm in your life
It's part personal memoir, part reporting, part academic dissection, drawing on life history, pop culture, photojournalism, architecture, TV news, and more.
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.”
Booklist: Written by avid canoeists
This richly illustrated history will entrance any—and they are many—who have taken a paddle in hand.
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.
KFAI Radio: Jim Walsh's Mixtape Memoir
Jim Walsh started writing about the Twin Cities music scene some 30 years ago. He fell into his profession as a music journalist, compelled by an insatiable desire to take the electrical and emotional impulses of music and translate them to the page.
LARB | No mind to lose: On brainwashing
SCOTT SELISKER begins his book Human Programming: Brainwashing, Automatons, and American Unfreedom with the case of John Walker Lindh, the so-called “American Taliban” who was captured in Afghanistan as an enemy combatant shortly after the US invasion in 2001.
An honest look at POW experience
On Catherine Madison's THE WAR CAME HOME WITH HIM.
Harvard Business Review: What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class
References Jennifer Sherman's THOSE WHO WORK, THOSE WHO DON'T.
Shepherd Express: The Wreck of the ‘Daniel J. Morrell’
Michael Schumacher’s latest Great Lakes history adventure
NBn: Foucault in Iran
How did the preeminent theorist and philosopher Michel Foucault experience and observe the Iranian revolution? How did he find the revolution disruptive of a teleological notion of history? And how did the Iranian revolution impact and shape Foucault’s thought?
Beyond data collection — the social and political effects of environmental sensor proliferation
Jennifer Gabrys spoke with Mongabay about emerging technical applications, their deployments in the field and cultural implications of an ever more “wired up” planet.
Rising Up with Sonali: Brown Threat
The idea of brown and black bodies as threatening is as old as the US itself. In a new book author Kumarini Silva tackles the question of how racial, ethnic, and religious identity has become much more complicated in the post September 11th world.
MinnPost: A modest memoir about Beatrice Ojakangas’ amazing life in food
In her first book that isn’t a cookbook — she has written 29 cookbooks, a feat that landed her in the James Beard Hall of Fame — Ojakangas tells some stories from her own life. From growing up the first of 10 children in a family of Finns in Northern Minnesota to becoming an influential writer and thinking on cooking and food culture, Ojakangas has collected some amazing stories. She wouldn’t put it that way, though.