Fear and Loving in South Minneapolis

2020
Author:

Jim Walsh
Foreword by Tommy Mischke

Fear and Loving in South Minneapolis

A veteran Twin Cities journalist and raconteur summons the life of the city after reporting and recording its stories for more than thirty years

Columnist, freelance writer, and genuinely curious reporter Jim Walsh collects the encounters and adventures and lives that make a city hum—and make South Minneapolis what it is. The Minneapolis that he maps is a matter of heart, of urban life built on human connections: the everyday interactions, ordinary people, and quiet moments create an extraordinary picture of a city’s life.

Two or three times a week, as a columnist, hustling freelance writer, and genuinely curious reporter, Jim Walsh would hang out in a coffee shop or a bar, or wander in a club or on a side street, and invariably a story would unfold—one more chapter in the story of Minneapolis, the city that was his home and his beat for more than thirty years. Fear and Loving in South Minneapolis tells that story, collecting the encounters and adventures and lives that make a city hum—and make South Minneapolis what it is.

Here is a man who drives around Minneapolis in a van that sports a neon sign and keeps a running tally of the soldiers killed in Iraq. Here is another, haunted by the woman he fell in love with, and lost, many years ago at the Minnesota Music Café on St. Paul’s East Side. Here are strangers on a cold night on the corner of Forty-sixth and Nicollet, finding comfort in each other’s company in the wake of the shootings in Paris. And here are Walsh’s own memories catching up with him: the woman who joined him in representing “junior royalty” for the Minneapolis Aquatennial when they were both seven years old; the lost friend, Soul Asylum’s Karl Mueller, recalled while sitting on his memorial bench at Walsh’s go-to refuge, the Rose Gardens near Lake Harriet. These everyday interactions, ordinary people, and quiet moments in Jim Walsh’s writing create an extraordinary picture of a city’s life.

James Joyce famously bragged that if Dublin were ever destroyed, it could be rebuilt in its entirety from his written works. The Minneapolis that Jim Walsh maps is more a matter of heart, of urban life built on human connections, than of streets intersecting and literal landmarks: it is that lived city, documented in measures large and small, that his book brings so vividly to mind, drafting a blueprint of a community’s soul and inviting a reader into the boundless, enduring experience of Fear and Loving in South Minneapolis.
Fear and Loving in South Minneapolis

Jim Walsh is a writer, journalist, columnist, and songwriter. He is author of The Replacements: All Over but the Shouting and, with Dennis Pernu, The Replacements: Waxed-Up Hair and Painted Shoes. The Photographic History. His most recent books are Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes and Gold Experience: Following Prince in the ’90s (both from Minnesota). A former music editor at City Pages and pop music columnist at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, he has published in Rolling Stone, SPIN, Village Voice, LA Weekly, Melody Maker, Billboard, and Utne Reader.

Tommy Mischke is a writer, musician, podcaster, and former radio talk show host from Minnesota. A former columnist for City Pages, he hosts the podcast The Mischke Roadshow.

Fear and Loving in South Minneapolis

Contents

Foreword

Tommy Mischke

Prologue

1. Stay Warm

Just Read the Newspaper

“It Feels Like a Brighter Day”

Citizen Berquist: The Man with the Van

Misanthropes for $500, Alex

Confessions of a Commodore

The Santa Claus Diaries, 1989

2. Nature City

Stop and Smell the Rose Gardens

Lucky Us

Summer of the Super Sunsets

Seize the Light

Loving Lake Harriet

Harriet Lovejoy was Here

Nightswimming

3. Family Ties

From Colombia, with Love

Thanks Given

Finding Henry

Police Off My Kid’s Back

Fire Alarm Fluffy

An Ambulance Chaser Is Born

Letter to a Young Soccer Parent

4. I’m Only One

Thanks for The Skerch, Dad

My Hobby Is Lonely

Why Sylvia? Why Now?

Gold Experience at First Avenue

The Tao of Spring Forest Qigong

Krista Tippett and the Wisdom of ‘On Being’

Fear and Loving in South Minneapolis

Walking the Path

Being the Buddha at Mile 8

5. Hootenanny

Peace, Love, and Bobby Sherman

Mad Ripple

Rings of Fire (Brothers United)

Sing Out!

Minneapolis to Montana

The First Dad Rock Column in the History of Rock Criticism

Hermitage

This Week’s Best Bet: Shhh . . .

Crossroads Again

Dan Israel and the Struggle

Gratitude

That Thing You Do!

Hoot

Inside the Hollow Square: Shape-Note Singing from the Heart

Gather ’Round Children, And Ye Shall Hear A Tale of Standing in Actual Physical Line for Tickets

In Praise of Great Expectations

6. Famous Lasting Words

A Lesson before Dying

Famous Lasting Words

Working Stiffs

Tears in Heaven

Family Man

Notes from Karl’s Bench

The Day David Bowie Died

The Funeral Singer

7. Falling in Love with Everything I Have

Two Hearts are Better than One

Brilliant Disguise

Because the Night

I Wanna Be where the Bands Are (The Autograph Man)

She’s the One

Reason to Believe

Drive All Night (Desperately Seeking Denise)

Glory Days

Back to Minneapolis

Publication History

Purchase

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