Inside the Daily Planet, 11/18/08


DINING | Eat, drink and be local: The Caux Culinary Challenge
by Jeremy Iggers, Secrets of the City
If you have $125 left in your 401k, I can think of at least three good reasons why you should splurge on a ticket to the Caux Culinary Challenge, a gastronomic extravaganza next Tuesday evening (November 18) from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Minneapolis Club, 729 2nd Ave. S., Minneapolis.

How Obama won
by Charles Hallman, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
The way Sen. Barack Obama ran his campaign was thoroughly discussed in a series of panel discussions and other presentations at “The Obama Effect” conference held October 23-25 at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

New from the University of Minnesota Press

BOOKS | A fish-stocked tome fit for the ice shanty’s coffee table
by John Hierlinger, TC Daily Planet
With illustrator Joseph Tomelleri, Tom Dickson has created a beautiful, informative book on the many varieties of fish found in Minnesota’s ponds, rivers, and 10,000 lakes. The Great Minnesota Fish Book is a resource for the avid fisherperson or for the curious browser. Dickson doesn’t miss a fish, providing insight on more than 150 species: he devotes as much attention to the pirate perch as to Minnesota’s state fish the walleye (Sander Vitreus).

BOOKS | Was spirit photographer William Mumler a humbug?
by Melissa Slachetka, TC Daily Planet
Photographing the spirits of the dead made William Mumler famous from 1862 until 1869. It also got him in trouble with the law. Louis Kaplan tells this sensational story in The Strange Case of William Mumler, Spirit Photographer.

SLIDESHOW | Spirit photography
by William Mumler
Are these the spirits of the dead, captured in 19th century photographs? Take a look and decide for yourself.


HISPANIC FANATIC | Now what happens? Latinos and Obama, post-election
by Daniel Cubias • Can he transform “diversity,” Cinderella style, into a beautiful princess, instead of leaving it to toil in the social conservatives’ kitchen?

BLOG OF THE MODERATE LEFT | SPAM in the place where you live
by Jeff Fecke • America’s loss is Austin, Minnesota’s gain. As the economy plunges into the Great Recession, sales of what I affectionately refer to as the unofficial pre-packaged meatlike substance of the State of Minnesota are way, way up.

ARTS ORBIT | Legacy Amendment: Where will the money go?
by Alan Berks • The Legacy Amendment got more votes in Minnesota than Barack Obama. It actually got more votes than any person or initiative has ever gotten in the history of the state—more than Walter Mondale, Hubert Humphrey, etc. Beware, however, that nowhere in the amendment does it specifically say how the 19% of the sales tax money dedicated to arts and culture will be divided. In theory, it could all go to a sculptor of decoy ducks in Bemidji.