Thanks, ArmonOriginally published by DK on August 25, 2018 at 5:15 pm
Colleen’s Third KindleOriginally published by DK on March 22, 2018 at 6:53 pm
Life is far more interesting than it needs to be, because the forces that guide it are not merely practical…Originally published by DK on August 5, 2017 at 1:22 pm
Thank you, Mr. Skoglund – made my dayOriginally published by DK on January 18, 2017 at 3:11 pm
Why not?Originally published by DK on December 13, 2016 at 12:23 am
The magazine rack at the Winona ShopkoOriginally published by DK on June 13, 2016 at 3:05 pm
The definitive tome by Per NilsenOriginally published by DK on April 21, 2016 at 9:53 pm
Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast…Originally published by DK on April 19, 2016 at 8:02 pm
One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will. To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield…Originally published by DK on April 17, 2016 at 9:33 pm
Sad story of undiagnosed mental illness among my peopleOriginally published by DK on January 3, 2016 at 8:28 pm
Nice sci-fi story from the local kid made goodOriginally published by DK on December 23, 2015 at 10:00 am
Jacob Morgan, Futurist and Global Thought LeaderOriginally published by DK on December 8, 2015 at 8:41 pm
Buy the ticket, take the ride…Originally published by DK on October 3, 2015 at 12:37 am
The pool was much more diverse; there were young professionals of all races and backgrounds, and far fewer Green Bay Packers jerseys.Originally published by DK on September 9, 2015 at 9:21 am
If you thought FarmVille was bad, wait until you try I.T. City…Originally published by DK on January 14, 2015 at 9:14 pm
Magazine Room @ Saint Paul Central LibraryOriginally published by DK on January 10, 2015 at 5:36 pm
Nicholson Information CommonsOriginally published by DK on January 10, 2015 at 5:35 pm
Antique Mall bookOriginally published by DK on December 24, 2014 at 12:50 pm
As I sit in a cabin on the remote, frozen shores of Lake Vermilion in far northern Minnesota, I’m wirelessly connected to the whole world via magic (and some thin copper lines). Page after page of great writing awaits to be read, while music by talented songwriters floats by in the background (Sia’s Breathe Me, Kate Bush, The Beatles, Richard Thompson).
How funny that a stupid electric staircase â€” a modern marvel! â€” could come to quietly represent all of my anxieties and fears and failures in one humming, throbbing, metallic, snaggle-toothed loop.
Good writers are such a joy.Originally published by DK on December 4, 2014 at 12:57 am
Caddies at the Old Course are an interesting lotOriginally published by DK on November 10, 2014 at 1:47 am
Dewey is awesome (and apparently has nine lives)Originally published by DK on November 6, 2014 at 9:43 pm
Dillon’s awesome (little) apartment in QueensOriginally published by DK on October 31, 2014 at 8:24 pm
The Weinery libraryOriginally published by DK on August 15, 2014 at 12:54 pm
http://m.vita.mn/best-of/?id=270249541&c=yOriginally published by DK on August 6, 2014 at 11:21 pm
The Squirrel Book @ PatinaOriginally published by DK on July 26, 2014 at 2:29 pm
Concussed and allOriginally published by DK on May 22, 2014 at 4:52 pm
Just finished this week – highly recommended. Get it hereOriginally published by DK on May 22, 2014 at 12:36 pm
http://www.cybergolf.com/golf_news/fore_gone_minnesotas_lost_golf_courses_18971999Originally published by DK on January 9, 2014 at 8:43 pm
Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall…
I took fifteen speed pills, and I got into a contest with Liza Minnelli over who could roar most like a jaguar. She simply sounded like a stupid lion.Originally published by DK on August 27, 2013 at 10:26 pm
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…Originally published by DK on August 21, 2013 at 9:33 pm
There’s only one rule that I know of, babies â€” God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.Originally published by DK on July 18, 2013 at 11:43 am
19 percent of Americans do 79 percent of all our (non-required) book readin’Originally published by DK on April 1, 2013 at 10:15 pm
From Fields to Fairways, Classic Golf Clubs of Minnesota by Rick Shefchik
Amen Corner by Rick Shefchik – very entertaining read for golfers
Used bookstore find of the monthOriginally published by DK on November 9, 2012 at 8:01 pm
If a man of pure heart were to fall in love with her, that would bring her back to life.Originally published by DK on October 6, 2012 at 11:00 pm
How Music Works Book Tour, David Byrne and Steve Seel, History Theater, St. Paul, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on September 14, 2012 at 9:53 pm
A fair is a rat’s paradise.Originally published by DK on July 27, 2012 at 11:30 pm
You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.Originally published by DK on June 6, 2012 at 10:31 pm
Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only real cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas.Originally published by DK on March 5, 2012 at 12:28 pm
The “relationship” section at Sixth Chamber Books, Saint Paul, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on January 3, 2012 at 9:14 am
My favorite small town newspaper had two great entries from the sheriff’s report in June:
1:17 p.m., Grand Marais: Report of a loose collie mix with no collar downtown, between Boulder Park and the harbor. A deputy determined it to be the same dog she’s been chasing all spring but can never catch. The dog ran away from the deputy when it saw the squad car, and was still on the loose, somewhere downtown.
But here is my all-time favorite:
7:55 a.m., Grand Marais: Complaint about neighbors who started partying outside on their deck at 7 a.m., being very loud, dropping the “F-Bomb,” and taking off their shirts and showing each other their muscles. A deputy spoke with them, and they quieted down.
Instant classic.Originally published by DK on July 26, 2008 at 3:30 pm
While browsing for kid books the other day at Barnes and Noble in Eagan, I came across this three-book series by Gordon Korman about Mount Everest. I pushed my oldest to read them quickly so Dad could have a turn. 🙂
Being a huge fan of the mountain, I enjoyed this fictional account of the “SummitQuest” expedition. As Scholastic describes it:
They come from all across America to be the youngest kid ever to climb Everest. But only one will reach the top first. The competition is fierce. The preparation is intense. When the final four reach the higher peaks, disaster strikes â€” and all that separates the living from the dead is chance, bravery, and action.
Fun for young and old.
From the February 1, 2008 Cook County News-Herald in Grand Marais:
James Lee Curtis, 63, Grand Marais, was convicted Oct. 26 of attempted murder with intent (not premeditated), and sentenced Jan. 15 to 153 months in the state prison at St. Cloud (minus 290 days credit for time served), and ordered to pay a $50 fine plus $87 in court costs and fees.
They must run a lean and mean court system in northern Minnesota…Originally published by DK on February 6, 2008 at 7:12 pm
While listening to MPR the other day, the commentators were discussing books for kids that are advanced readers. This book, Al Capone Does My Shirts, was one of the recommendations. I picked it up at Barnes and Noble for my oldest, although I really wanted to read it myself.
A fictional account of life on Alcatraz in the 1930s, the story revolves around Moose Flanagan, the son of a guard. Lots of great historically accurate descriptions of what life was like for the families of the workers who actually lived on the rock.
LOVED the ending too…Originally published by DK on December 31, 2007 at 2:53 pm
My parents have the Grand Marais newspaper sent to their home in St. Paul every week and pass it along to me after they read it. The Cook County News-Herald is a great small town paper and often has stories that make me smile. This week, though, they had a story that truly made me laugh out loud.
The November 30th issue had a story about the county website being upgraded to list property tax records online. There was some opposition to this, as the original proposal including the ability to search by property owner name. This was removed after reviewing other county policies in the state, but the final vote included two no votes:
“Commissioners Johnson and Fritz Sobanja voted against the proposal. Johnson said he couldn’t back the plan because of significant opposition he’s heard; Sobanja said he voted no as part of his ‘war against computers.'”
Where do I enlist?Originally published by DK on December 8, 2007 at 7:00 am
Finished yet another book this week – The Grizzly Maze: Timothy Treadwell’s Fatal Obsession with Alaskan Bears, by Nick Jans.
I first became aware of the Timothy Treadwell story via Richard Thompson’s soundtrack to the Werner Herzog film Grizzly Man. I thought the movie was interesting and was anxious to read another take on this strange guy from California.
The movie contains a lot of the footage shot by Treadwell himself, which is rather eerie. The book goes into more detail on the attack of Treadwell and Huguenard, including the gruesome audio tape that is talked about in the movie (but never heard). I also found the sections about bear behavior and how to survive attacks very interesting.
I love Alaska and want to go back some day, but count me out from getting anywhere near those huge creatures.Originally published by DK on December 7, 2007 at 11:20 pm
Wow, two full books in a week!
I’ve had a strong interest in Mt. Everest (Chomolungma to the Tibetans or Sagarmatha to the Nepali) for a long time. Some of this was no doubt in part due to the 1996 IMAX film and Jon Krakauer’s book Into Thin Air.
My co-worker and I enjoy watching every television show we can find on Everest and followed the Rest of Everest podcast for some time. Needless to say, I love the new Everest ride at Walt Disney World and have “provide tech support at base camp for an Everest expedition” as one of my lifetime to do items.
Touching My Father’s Soul: A Sherpa’s Journey to the Top of Everest is written by Jamling Tenzing Norgay, son of Tenzing Norgay (who with Sir Edmund Hillary was the first to reach the summit in 1953). It’s a quick read for 310 pages and provides a lot of background on the 1953 expedition, as well as the 1996 IMAX expedition (which Jamling accompanied). I also liked the Sherpa and Buddhist perspective that is absent in many Everest stories.
The internet provides additional insight into some of the places and organizations mentioned in the story:
- Hotel Yak and Yeti, Kathmandu
- Hotel Everest View
- American Himalayan Foundation, San Francisco
- Royal Geographical Society
Now I just need to find a place that will sell me a 3-D scale model of the mountain for a reasonable price…Originally published by DK on November 25, 2007 at 8:06 pm
I actually read an entire book in a day and a half this week. We were at the Eagan library, where they had set up a new section on Minnesota books and music. That’s where I found Juicing the Orange: How to Turn Creativity into a Powerful Business Advantage, by Pat Fallon and Fred Senn.
This book was an interesting read for me, as I almost went to work for Fallon about eight years ago. I’ve always been impressed with their work and the stories here give some insight into how they function.
My favorite anecdote was about Northwest Airlines. Fallon won that account in 1991, but dropped them four years later because they “fostered exactly the kind of toxic atmosphere we had set out to avoid.” I wonder who the top client contact was who “was creative and especially connected in the music world.” He is also described as “domineering and indecisive, a bad combination.” Could this be Chris Clouser?Originally published by DK on November 23, 2007 at 1:26 pm
Hey, look at me! I actually finished reading a book today. I think I got this one for Christmas two years ago, so that might make me the slowest reader on Earth.
I have two stacks in my home office right now: a stack of magazines about a foot and a half tall and a pile of about ten books. I need to prioritize reducing that pile over the summer.
The Daily Show is one program I record every night, so this book was a lot of fun for me. If only all textbooks were written with such insight and cleverness.
One of my favorites:
104.3 = The Frequency*
* Source: Kenneth
Up next: Candy Girl, A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper, by Diablo Cody.Originally published by DK on May 6, 2007 at 11:06 pm