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The Reading Life: Ellen Willis' vinyl deeps
Review of Ellen Willis's Out of the Vinyl Deeps in the Los Angeles Times.
Fractured Politics Interview: Ian Bogost
Interview with Ian Bogost, author of How to Do Things with Videogames, in Fractured Politics.
Not Even Past: Sister Arts
Not Even Past reviews Lisa Moore's SISTER ARTS.
Her Life Was Saved by Rock 'n' Roll: Ellen Willis Espoused the Existential Crises of Rock
Review of Out of the Vinyl Deeps, a compilation of Rock, Etc., essays by Ellen Willis, in The Jewish Daily Forward.
On living, without illusions, the experience of disillusionment
Rachel Weiss on her book To and from Utopia in the New Cuban Art in ROROTOKO.
CultureLab: Life in the tangled Everglades
CultureLab (New Scientist) reviews Laura Ogden's SWAMPLIFE.
Contemporary Sociology reviews Socialism and Modernity
Review of Socialism and Modernity by Peter Beilharz in Contemporary Sociology.
Technology and Culture reviews Twilight Rails
The network of rail lines that spread throughout the United States by the end of the nineteenth century proved to be one of the engineering marvels in American history. Contrasted with the excitement that nineteenth-century railroads generated when the industry was still relatively young, rail lines constructed in the first few decades of the twentieth century—twilight rails—traditionally were seen by historians as business failures and lacking in the positive community impact that the older lines had during the heyday of railroad construction. One of the premier historians of railroad history, H. Roger Grant, refutes the long-held interpretation of the twentieth-century lines in Twilight Rails: The Final Era of Railroad Building in the Midwest.
Wisconsin Public Radio: Traveling medicine show
Interview with Michael Fedo, author of A Sawdust Heart: My Vaudeville Life in Medicine and Tent Shows, on Wisconsin Public Radio.
Gay Life Against Marriage
A review of Derek Jarman's At Your Own Risk in The New Inquiry.
Maya migration and the tourist trade in Cancun
Review of A Return to Servitude: Maya Migration and the Tourist Trade in Cancun by M. Bianet Castellanos in Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources.
Falafel one of many family-friendly recipes in new cookbook
Review of Cooking Up the Good Life by Twin Cities chef Jenny Breen and writer Susan Thurston in the Bemidji Pioneer.
Edgy City: Urban/Rural Space and Ho Chi Minh City
Video interview with Erik Harms, author of Saigon's Edge, with the blog Subversities.
WTIP: Perennial gardening on the North Shore
Interview with Mike Heger, co-author of Growing Perennials in Cold Climates, with WTIP North Shore Community Radio.
Real Change News: The long-term campaign to vilify the homeless
Q&A with Teresa Gowan, author of Hobos, Hustlers, and Backsliders, in Real Change News.
Coon Rapids resident pens book on rural vaudeville life
Feature on Michael Fedo, author of A Sawdust Heart: My Vaudeville Life in Medicine and Tent Shows, which follows the fascinating life of Fedo's grandfather-in-law, Henry Wood.
More Styrbiorn News
Details on the University of Minnesota Press's forthcoming reprint of Styrbiorn the Strong, featured in Tolkien and Fantasy.
"The Sherlock of St. Paul": Minnesota Monthly on Larry Millett
Minnesota Monthly features author Larry Millett and his new, local Sherlock Holmes novel THE MAGIC BULLET.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Cause marketing inspires only shopping, say scholars
Lisa Ann Richey and Stefano Ponte, authors of BRAND AID: Shopping Well to Save the World, discuss "compassionate consumption."
Left of Black: The death of Trayvon Martin and the "fictions" of black leadership
Mark Anthony Neal, host of Left of Black, interviews Erica Edwards, author of CHARISMA: THE FICTIONS OF BLACK LEADERSHIP.