Inside the Daily Planet, 9/28/08

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Readers, Writers and Books

150 best Minnesota books #22, #23, and #24: Frontier dispatches by Patrick Coleman, Minnesota Historical Society • Although these books are from three different centuries and three different nationalities, the theme of exploration connects them. These books could hardly satiate the old world’s hunger for accounts of this strange new world and its exotic inhabitants.

Author Helene Cooper (House At Sugar Beach) Receives Rousing Welcome in Minnesota by Wokie C. Freeman, The Liberian Journal • As Helene Cooper–diplomatic correspondent for The New York Times and author of “The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of A Lost African Childhood”–began speaking to a crowd of about 150 people on Tuesday evening, a hush settled over the media center of the North View International Baccalaureate World School in Brooklyn Park. But not for long.

New book documents Prospect Park resident’s part in famed 1961 civil rights campaign by Chris Steller, The Bridge • The honor roll of Freedom Riders, those young heroes of the 1960s civil rights movement, includes a local man who says he joined the momentous integration campaign on a momentary impulse.

NEW IN BLOGS

ARTS ORBIT | LIVE a little! Vänskä commands it. by Jay Gabler • My life isn’t perfect, but I never feared that I was somehow failing to live it fully…until, that is, yesterday morning at 10 a.m., when I received an e-mail from the Minnesota Orchestra. “LIVE a little!” commanded the subject line. Yes, Maestro! But how? Where have I failed?

GOING GREEN | RE-AMP RoundUp by SCHOOL TALK | Twins triumphs and school success by Joe Nathan • So I’m sitting here, typing this column wearing my Joe Nathan #36 Minnesota Twins t-shirt, a big smile and a bigger question. The smile is for the wonderful courage and comeback that the Twins displayed this week. As you read this column, you will know whether the Twins made the playoffs.

SINGLE WHITE FRINGE GEEK | What’s next? by Matthew A. Everett • “You’ve never played beer pong?” the director asked incredulously.