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Book Review: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

About a third of the way through this book, I was still thinking: I just don’t get it. What I didn’t get is the praise for the book and the fact it won this year’s Pulitzer Prize. I must still admit that I sometimes think I just don’t get “literature.” But the last half of […]

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Weekend marginalia

The Serenity trailer created a bit of buzz at Yahoo. Searches went up 95 percent on or following its release. The Dakota Activist Musicians Network (DAMN) has launched a zine called The Prairie Fire. Issue #1, consisting primarily of politically-oriented analysis, prose and poetry, is available at the online library of sdradicals.org. Thomas Sipos […]

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A 23-year-old Desert Island

After the Desert Island post, I started wondering about the list I’d made years ago at my managing editor’s suggestion. I dug around and found it tonight. With a * indicating those that are also in yesterday’s post, here is my Desert Island list (alphabetically by artist) as published on February 18, 1982:

The Beatles […]

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The Desert Island discs

Several months ago, I first posted my list of “Desert Island Discs.” Most people are generally familiar with the concept — what discs would you want if stranded on a desert island. I first encountered the concept in another lifetime in which I was actually a published music critic. The managing editor suggested it as […]

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Twin Cities bookstores

It looks like the bookstore scene in the Twin Cities is taking another hit. Bound to be Read has announced it is closing its St. Paul store. (Via Blog of a Bookslut). The closing comes just after readers of City Pages selected it as the best independent bookstore in the Twin Cities.

This also follows […]

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Serenity not soon enough

Serenity now! remains one of my favorite lines from Seinfeld. There is another Serenity, though, that is at the top of my list.

Serenity is the movie resulting from the short-lived TV series Firefly. Now a cult classic, Firefly can best be described as a science fiction western. Yet even that seems a disservice because […]

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