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BGSU News: Kinney book looks at Detroit through lens of popular culture
Detroit, once a mecca for those looking for a good job and a better life, is now seen by some as what Dr. Rebecca J. Kinney calls a “beautiful wasteland.” A wasteland because of the perception of its postindustrial devastation, and beautiful because of its potential to rise like a phoenix from its ashes to reclaim its place among the country’s great cities. But who will this gleaming new city be for?
NewsClick: Busting the Technology Hyperbole of Bitcoin
All concerned citizens should read this book, which is an essential resource for understanding the true stakes of current technological hyperbole.
ReaderKidz: One North Star
An engaging, beautiful book to learn from and enjoy.
City Pages: Author Zeke Caligiuri reflects on redemption, family, and writing from prison
There’s no graceful way to say it: Zeke Caligiuri, author of the new memoir This Is Where I Am, is in prison. But the story of how he became an inmate is told in a poetic narrative anchored in the Powderhorn neighborhood where Caligiuri grew up. From falling in with the wrong crowd to selling crack, the book retraces the trajectory that resulted in Caligiuri’s imprisonment. The book is not without its bittersweet moments, including interactions with his beloved grandmother.
Star Tribune: Duluth cookbook queen Beatrice Ojakangas whips up 'Homemade' memoir
In a new memoir, Duluth cookbook author Beatrice Ojakangas tells how recipes – and the skills behind them – led to her career in food.
Tangled Up in Food: Homemade
In addition to stories, Homemade includes over 40 recipes spanning a lifetime, from the Finnish rye bread that won the teenage Ojakangas a trip to the state fair to the sponge cake she demonstrated on Martha Stewart's television show.
Newsweek: Does Black Lives Matter pick up where the Black Panthers left off?
Featuring Alondra Nelson, author of BODY AND SOUL.
Medical Humanities blog: The Slumbering Masses
While we tend to think of sleep as a natural fact – a human constant across cultures and time periods – recent scholarship has uncovered a rich, and often surprising, history and sociology of sleep.
Duluth News-Tribune: Artist spaces | Baking up delicious cookies, stories
If you’re lucky, Beatrice Ojakangas will pull from her freezer a sheet filled with 77 frozen rounds of chocolate chip cookie dough, drop a dozen or so onto a cookie sheet and slide them into the top of her double-decker oven. No timer required.
The Daily Beast: The Five Best Books Written by Musicians
GOOD MORNING BLUES is "the best autobiography ever written by a jazz musician, or almost any musician for that matter."
Pioneer Press: Mary Casanova’s ‘Ice-Out’ continues where ‘Frozen’ left off
Mary Casanova’s 2012 young adult novel “Frozen” was a hit with young readers. Now the author of more than 30 books continues the story with a different main character in “Ice-Out.”
Meaning the Software: A review of The Politics of Bitcoin
David Golumbia, in his small but important way, is helping wake us to the falsity of our perceived neutrality. Our impartiality. Our objectivity.
The New Inquiry: Fully Surreal Luxury Communism
Bookology: One North Star, Three Creative Artists
Interview with Phyllis Root, Betsy Bowen, and Beckie Prange.
National Post: From recovery to relapse, how divine intervention failed the troubled genius of John Berryman
"As Saul Bellow writes in the foreword, 'The cycle of resolution, reform and relapse had become a bad joke which could not continue.' "
Largehearted Boy: Rene Magritte playlist
Inside Higher Ed: The Uberfication of the University
Author discusses new book on the relationship between the "sharing economy" and the erosion of faculty rights.
American Journal of Public Health: The Longue Durée of Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter was first articulated just a few years ago, but it has been the leitmotif of antiracist struggles for generations. The 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party is an occasion to recall that its work confronted the callous neglect and the corporeal surveillance and abuse of poor Black communities.
Great Lakes writer tackles tale of survival 50 years after Lake Huron shipwreck
Failure Magazine: The Sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell
Michael Schumacher, author of “Torn in Two,” on the 1966 sinking of the six-hundred-foot Morrell, which broke in half during a storm on Lake Huron.
Critical Theory: Foucault in Iran
Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi's book among the recommended.
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine: One North Star
"A beautiful addition to the library of any child from the North."
NPR: Minnesota Bookseller Recommends 3 Summer Porch Reads
WAKE UP, ISLAND among them.
Shepherd Express: Listen to the Music
Review of Albert Murray's MURRAY TALKS MUSIC.
Mondoweiss: White Jews and uppity blacks
Review of A SHADOW OVER PALESTINE by Keith P. Feldman.
KFAI's MinneCulture: Never a Champ, But a Beloved Boxer
PopMatters: What Would Animals Say If We Asked the Right Questions?
Vinciane Despret blends science with story to give readers new ways to think about animals and our relationships with them.
Star Tribune: Ice-Out
Readers will be rooting for Owen to find a path forward at a time when the police were sometimes as dangerous as the criminals they chased down.
The Spectator: The internal dreamworld of René Magritte
The great surrealist painter was also a prolific writer — whose detective stories and prose-poems (now available in English for the first time) were often as mysterious as his canvases
Religious Theory: A Darker, Grittier Deleuze
Review of Andrew Culp's DARK DELEUZE

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