Scott Carlson

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  • 17 years ago | Pop Culture

    Peter Carey Jack Maggs Knopf In more than one interview, the Booker-winning Australian author Peter Carey has remarked that his "race" got the short end in Charles Dickens's Great Expectations. Carey saw traces of his ancestors in the repugnant Ab...

  • 18 years ago | Media

    When United Way brochures began looking a lot like those of St. Paul's Cooperating Fund Drive, the small charity was flattered. Now it's worried the agency wants its donors.

  • 18 years ago | Books

    Chet Baker As Though I Had Wings Buzz/St. Martin's Press WHEN JAZZ FANS first remember Chet Baker, if at all, it's generally not for his lazy, natural trumpet style, his smooth, boyish voice, or the years '53-'57, when he was the prince of the Wes...

  • 18 years ago | Media

    RIGHT OR WRONG, the folks in Tangletown probably sound like most people when they say they don't want a foster home for emotionally disturbed teens in their neighborhood. Early in the summer, the neighbors found out a foster program was going in a...

  • 18 years ago | Books

    ON THE FIRST Monday of this month, thousands of University of Minnesota students got spammed by an unauthorized mass e-mailing sent out by an upstart, web-only publication called the University Speaker. Declaring itself to be "the real campus news...

  • 18 years ago | Media

    Things are quiet around the basketball hoops in Southwest Minneapolis's Pershing Park, perhaps a little too quiet. Not long ago, the court bustled with rowdy teen-age energy: kids shooting ball, smoking cigarettes--perhaps a joint--and jawing and ...