Book reviews

Check out the latest reviews of University of Minnesota Press books.
Chicago Tribune: Animal books that showcase love, ethical questions
Mention of IF BEES ARE FEW, edited by James Lenfestey.
Pacific Standard: Why Are Self-Identified Straight Men Hooking Up With Each Other?
Recent scholarship (Riley Snorton's Nobody Is Supposed to Know) illuminates a demimonde of fluid sexuality among alpha men — and its unforgiving racial double standards.
Film International: The Mind as Camera
Review of Werner Herzog's OF WALKING IN ICE.
ITV Gold: Indian Americans' shift in voting
Interview with Sangay Mishra, author of Desis Divided.
Utne | My Father: Prisoner of War
Author Catherine Madison recounts the story of how her father was thrust into the Korean conflict and how he became a prisoner of war.
New York Times: The Blues? Overcoming Hard Times Through Swinging Elegance
The first sentence uttered by Albert Murray in “Murray Talks Music,” an insightful new book published by the University of Minnesota Press, is a concise distillation of his views on the blues. “Well, the objective of the blues musician is to get rid of the blues . . . and of course you stomp the blues not with utmost violence but with elegance.”
New York Times Book Review: Listening and Playing
“Murray Talks Music,” another of several new books about jazz, brings together some of the writer Albert Murray’s interviews and essays about music. In Apprise magazine in 1990, he talked about improvisation as a form of resilience, an ability to change and deal with new circumstances that was indicative of the American character. “If you’ve got it all nailed down, and you know where all the notes go, and you do all that, and all you have to do is have the director come up and tell you, ‘Do that,’ you’re not dealing with American experience, you see.”
Good Magazine: How To Fix All That Food Waste
Featuring FREEGANS by Alex V. Barnard.
Author Julia Lee on The Treatment
Author Julia Lee joins Elvis Mitchell to discuss how an American children's television show from the 1920's attempted to transcend racism in her book Our Gang: A Racial History of "The Little Rascals."
Star Tribune: R.T. Rybak says he's here to stay, in a city he loves like a middle-schooler's crush
As R.T. Rybak looks to his new job leading the Minneapolis Foundation, he talks about his book, his roots and why he'll stay here forever.
The Nation: A Blues for Albert Murray
His name was never household familiar. Yet his complex, mind-opening analysis of art and life remains as timely as ever—probably more so.
More Reason to Write: The Search for the Homestead Treasure
Back in the day before my kids grew up and I was a homeschooling mom looking for great books to introduce to my kids, Ann's novel The Search for the Homestead Treasure would have fit the bill perfectly.
The New Food Economy | Freeganism: food waste's first wave
Dumpster divers spurred interest in food waste a decade ago. Their message went mainstream, but what’s been lost in translation? Featuring FREEGANS by Alex V. Barnard.
Fjords: Diaboliques
Diabloques is powerfully erotic and disturbingly violent almost purely because of d’Aurevilly’s formal approach.
Futurity: This brutal online game could redefine 'fun'
On EVE Online, featuring Marcus Carter.
Lambda Literary on So Much to Be Done
Review of the book of essays by Barbara Brenner.
Fox9: 'Let's Go Fishing!' tells tales from the north woods
Segment with author Eric Dregni.
ArtsFuse: Murray talks music, and so much more—the legacy and lessons of Albert Murray
Before Murray Talks Music, there was little in print of Albert Murray as spontaneous orator. This new collection corrects that problem and shows how brilliant he could be even when he didn’t have time to polish his prose.
Cinema Sentries: 'Our Gang' is book club pick
As racial politics changed, the adventures of Alfalfa and his friends were criticized for their past connections to racism.
Leonardo Reviews: Avant-Garde Museology
"Represents a missing compendium to the movements that are recognisable as the outputs of the Russian revolution, such as constructivism and social realism, and to the dominating narrative of the museum as a Western modernist enterprise."
The Aerogram: Desis Divided looks at South Asian American politics through an intersectional lens
How can two words possibly encapsulate the breadth of the experience?
neural on Necromedia
Marcel O’Gorman here reflects on the relationship between technology and death from a personal, artistic and philosophical position.
Great Lakes Echo: Good anglers, bad marriages and fish that fake orgasms
Eric Dregni dug through small town museums to produce a cultural history of fishing in the Great Lakes region. He listened to anglers tell the same big fish story over and over until after three years he had collected enough odd end stories that make up “Let’s Go Fishing.”
GLBT Reviews: So Much to Be Done
In addition to many things, Barbara Brenner was also a superb writer, and this collection showcases some of her best efforts, including pieces from the BCA’s newsletter and from her own later blog, “Healthy Barbs,” focusing on her years living with ALS.
AAIHS: On Michelle' Wright's Physics of Blackness
As President Obama finishes out his time in office, Michelle Wright allows us to reflect on the question of whether he was or wasn’t the nation’s “first black president.” President Obama, for people like Donald Trump, has been both too black and not black enough.
NBn podcast: Desis Divided by Sangay Mishra
While the number of South Asian Americans living in the U.S. has been growing rapidly over the last several decades, many still ignore their politics. Instead, the model-minority myth leads many to assume the community is a homogenous and largely economically successful group. Mishra dispels this dominant myth with his nuanced account of how the desi community has been shaped by recent political events, especially September 11th, 2001, and has begun to itself shape politics. His book draws attention to the trans-national dimensions of this community and the ways links to home country continue to link those living in the U.S. to political events elsewhere.
Timeline: Freegans dumpster dived for ‘ugly,’ rejected produce
Now Whole Foods is embracing the freegan ethic. With Alex V. Barnard, author of FREEGANS.
PW on The Age of Lovecraft
The scholarship throughout is sharp, current, and often makes use of one of the greatest strengths of Lovecraft study: his abundant published correspondence.
Jason Weems on Prairie Public Radio
How aviation changed the perception of the Midwest through art.
MinnPost: U of M professor captures stories of Somali diaspora
“What I’m basically comparing is the three settlements, three immigration policies and how they shape the migration experience of Somalis,” said Abdi. “In each place, Somalis find certain things that are positive, but also they experience certain challenges that are unique to the context.”

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