Inside the Daily Planet, 9/21/08

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Theater note: In which your correspondent gets lost in a warehouse, drinks three beers, and watches cartoons
by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
As Jeremey Catterton struggled, with stuttering gusto, to communicate an abstract (and possibly nonexistent) thesis about the parallels among Jesus Christ (as portrayed by Willem Dafoe in Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ), Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis (as portrayed by Sam Riley in Anton Corbijn’s Control), and St. Matthew (as painted by Caravaggio), Jayne Deis perched at the keyboard to drink, smoke, heave her well-suspended cleavage at the audience, and heckle an increasingly brittle Catterton—who finally collapsed into tears and sang “Love Will Tear Us Apart.”

Readers, Writers and Books

Interview: Chief Bender storyteller Tom Swift
by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
“For almost the entire second half of the twentieth century Minnesota had only one representative in the Baseball Hall of Fame. When the second and third members of that club, Dave Winfield and Paul Molitor, were inducted, the name of the first, ‘Chief’ Bender, popped up in newspaper articles—usually as a footnote. I knew almost nothing about him, so I started reading. The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn.”

Bonny’s America
by Michele St. Martin, Minnesota Women’s Press
Some satirists knock you over with their sarcasm. That’s not Bonny Belgum’s style. She finds the outrageous in the every day, and her view of the idiosyncrasies of American life and culture may have you alternatively guffawing, grimacing and nodding in agreement.

150 best Minnesota books #19, #20, and #21: Into the wilderness
by Patrick Coleman, Minnesota Historical Society
To enhance the experience of wilderness, and to remind us of it when we are not there, we are lucky to have books. Here are the three best books about the Minnesota wilderness.

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ARTS ORBIT | They say this cat Al is a bad mother…Shut your mouth!
by Jay Gabler
Across the Twin Cities, indy-minded culture vultures have their heads in their ovens, waiting for the seventh sign of the apocalypse and hoping that it comes before natural gas prices spike again. Inconveniently for them all, the Oak Street Cinema is still refusing to close.

FROM THE SOAPBOX | Low information voters
by Tom Heuerman, Ph.D.
I heard the term “low information voter” recently. Here are some definitions.