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"A story of helping the earth to heal itself."
Iowa City author Jacqueline Briggs Martin and her friend Iowa City illustrator Claudia McGehee are both nature enthusiasts. It seems most fitting, then, that the creative duo teamed up to put together a lovely and inspiring new children’s picture book called “Creekfinding: A True Story.”
John Whitman: Don’t overlook the flowers of vegetables, herbs and berries
The importance of flowers of many vegetables, herbs, and berries is often overlooked. They are an essential part of a vegetable garden’s beauty. Many of them are edible and can be used to add color and flavor to a wide variety of dishes, used as cut flowers, or added to a potpourri for an exquisite scent. Flowers offer the added bonus of drawing in a wide variety of beneficial insects critical to proper pollination of numerous plants in the landscape as well as the control of insect pests.
City Pages: One Minneapolis teacher's brutally honest (slightly unprofessional) tale of surviving public schools
It’s the book I wish someone had handed me when I was starting. Or maybe that time in my third year when I almost quit. Or the time that kid threatened to shoot me. The stories below are excerpts, picked to highlight just how hard it can be, and just how incredibly worth it teaching is.
Kare 11: Crystal teacher pens book on life in the classroom
Tom Rademacher is the son of a teacher, the grandson of a teacher and the 2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. So for grins, he's now adding author to the resume.
San Francisco Chronicle: 'First Thought' introduction "ought to make Ginsberg fans scream with joy."
For decades, critics scolded Allen Ginsberg because he promoted himself and his work. Nowadays, there isn’t a self-respecting poet who doesn’t publicize and promote shamelessly. Ginsberg led the way.
Between Green Paris and Immigrant Paris: The Politics of the Jardins d’Éole
Through research with residents, activists, and urban planners, Andrew Newman weaves together a detailed ethnography of grassroots mobilization with a structural analysis of neoliberal urbanism.
Iowa Public Radio: A True Story About a Creek that was Lost, Found, and Restored
After children's book author Jacqueline Briggs Martin read an article in the paper about a man who had restored a creek back into a thriving habitat, something about the story struck her.
Mpls St Paul Magazine: Creekfinding
In Creekfinding, children's author Jacqueline Briggs Martin tells the true tale of an old creek discovered under Iowa farmland and restored to its blooming, gurgling, buzzing glory.
Granta excerpt: The Book of the Dead
A great deal lies hidden beneath the surface of the story; the entire text is a modernist mystery waiting to be decoded.
Kirkus Reviews: Learn more about the creators of science fiction
Featuring THE PERVERSITY OF THINGS by Hugo Gernsback.
PopMatters: Cinema's Bodily Illusions: You will get fooled again.
On experiencing the cinema without representation or ideology.
Kirkus Reviews: Dead Man's Rapids
Fine historical fiction that will successfully transport readers into an out-of-the-ordinary time and place.
Leonardo Reviews: Philosophy of Language
Amazingly enough, even in this early work, from 1965, we are finding rhizomes of his latter theories fully connected to contemporary digital discourse, as for example his definition of metaphysics; "there must be a computer that is the computer of all computers" (p. 62/3).
Brooklyn Rail: Rene Magritte
Perhaps the greatest virtue of Selected Writings, beyond facilitating English-language access to Magritte’s writings, is its alignment of Magritte with the great polymath artists of 20th-century modernism, who bent styles and genres to ideological dictates rather than confine an ideology to a singular aesthetic form.
Leonardo Reviews: The Perversity of Things
The quality of Wythoff's editorial work is outstanding, and it is well served by the clever typographical presentation of the book, pleasant to read, well indexed, and nicely illustrated.
Teachers Scrap Lesson Plans To Tackle Trump’s Executive Order
Huffington Post features Tom Rademacher.
New York Review of Books: The Making of Future Man
Until now, the record of Hugo Gernsback’s life has been scanty and quite unreliable.
Ringling Brothers Stops Touring: The End of an Era, Not an Art Form
Dudley Riggs interview with Iowa Public Radio.
Black Perspectives interview with Anthony Ryan Hatch
Hatch: I wrote it for the millions of people, especially Black people, who struggle to maintain good metabolic health.
Rock and Roll Book Club: Jim Walsh follows Prince through the '90s
The Current's book club reviews: Gold Experience is full of fascinating details about life with Prince (or, rather, the Artist Then-Formerly Known as Prince) in the '90s.