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Capturing Prince's hope, heartbreak: Star Tribune on 'Gold Experience'
With his hero going astray again and again, Jim Walsh struggles with acceptance as he watches the brightest luminary of his age become eclipsed by much lesser lights.
Lush and rich: The John H Watson Society on Sherlock Holmes and the Eisendorf Enigma
"(Larry) Millett has always been phenomenal at writing eccentrics."
Challenges to Democracy: National Urban Policy in the Age of Obama
Many supporters expressed disappointment that the first African-American community organizer to be elected US President did not do more to help cities. Although Barack Obama began to embrace the subject of race relations late in his second term, his urban policy seemed to disappear as his Administration endured. Here is an excerpt from a new edited volume Urban Policy in the Time of Obama.
Crave: New Book Revisits Prince in the 90s
In "Gold Experience," author Jim Walsh shares interviews, reviews, and encounters with The Purple One.
BGSU scholar Rebecca Kinney dissects the myth of Detroit’s death & resurrection
Rebecca Kinney only realized she should write about her hometown of Detroit when she was living to the West Coast.
Michigan Radio: Book aims to reframe outsider narratives of Detroit
How do we talk about Detroit? In the 80's and 90's, the focus was on crime and urban decay. Detroit was the "Murder City." Today, the narrative is one of possibility and resurgence.
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.
Grading Obama's Urban Policy Legacy
With James DeFilippis: Now, as he leaves the White House, Obama’s legacy is being evaluated on many fronts, including within the realm of urban policy.
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.