My first annual "Post One" Awards for Excellence in Non-Traditional Arts Journalism

On June 18, the Minnesota Pro (as opposed to student) chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists held its annual Page One Awards. I was pleased to receive the award for Best Independent News Blog for this very blog, and I thought it would be appropriate to use my first post-ceremony post to recognize some people and organizations that deserve awards for their accomplishments on the new frontier of journalism—arts journalism in particular. They may not all consider themselves journalists, and they may not all consider themselves professionals, but they're all contributing tremendously to keeping people informed and entertained in jobs (typically online) where there aren't Pulitzer, or even Page One, categories...yet.


Sign Painters: Painting the world they want to see

From left, Forrest Wozniak and Phil Vandervaart in front of Phil’s shop on Minnehaha Avenue. Forrest has worked out of Phil’s shop for the last five years.

“I thought that some day either someone needs to do a film about me, or I have to write about this,” said Phil Vandervaart. He was explaining how his work as a sign painter has been for love, rather than for money.


Big Joy, the James Broughton documentary, coming to the Walker August 22

Big Joy is coming to the Twin Cities — seriously, Big Joy, the documentary. And the August 22 screening of Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton at the Walker is a joyous event.


Discovering East Lake Street: Heavy Table's Secret Atlas of North Coast Food

Illustrator Andy DuCett’s view of East Lake Street (Image courtesy of the Heavy Table)

Susan Pagani has lived in Minneapolis longer than she’s lived anywhere else – about six years. Growing up her family moved frequently, and by her calculations she’s lived in 7 states, 12 cities, and 35 houses. But it’s Minneapolis that she calls home, and writing a chapter on East Lake Street for Heavy Table’s upcoming book The Secret Atlas of North Coast Food has deepened her ties with the neighborhood through hours of exploration in the tucked-away corners of local shops and restaurants.


COMMUNITY VOICES | How well does the library serve the public?

The people who make decisions for the Hennepin County Library have a different concept of “public” than I have.


Augie’s Secrets: A mensch among Jewish gangsters

It’s a shame Neal Karlen called his 2004 autobiography Shanda, because if ever a book deserved that title, it’s this one.


Screaming On. Reflections on Lao American Horror Poetry

As I prepare for the release of my next book, DEMONSTRA, this year, some ask why much of my poetic work is centered on horror, compared to other writers who escaped the Southeast Asian civ


Photographer Dick Bancroft chronicles American Indian Movement in new book, exhibits

John Fire Lame Deer, a Mineconju-Lakota spiritual leader who was born on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. (Photo: Dick Bancroft, from We Are Still Here)

Dick Bancroft began photographing American Indians in 1971, and became one of the key visual documentarians of the American Indian Movement (AIM), which began as a street patrol against police brutality in Minneapolis and gained global press attention and popularity in the 1970s.


Neal Gendler reviews Being Esther by Miriam Karmel

A bittersweet joy, the first novel by Miriam Karmel is a perfect-pitch account of living on after a very full life — youth, marriage, child-rearing and social activities — has become the past.


"The Great Gatsby" and the Great Pumpkin: Writers who wrestled with their Minnesota pasts

Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann's new film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.

It was my friend Eric Bennett who drew my attention to a reference made by Bob Dylan to his fellow Minnesota escapee, F. Scott Fitzgerald. In Dylan’s song “Summer Days,” from 2001’s Love and Theft, a woman looking into the narrator’s eyes and holding his hand tells him he can’t repeat the past. “You can’t?” he replies. “What do you mean, you can’t? Of course you can.”

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