For more than three decades, Weird Al Yankovic has turned pop music parody into high art. Always ready to turn a song into a witty commentary on the excesses of society and its stars, he has skewered everyone from Nirvana to Michael Jackson to Coolio to Miley Cyrus over the years. While Yankovic i ... More >>
Comic book story is entertaining, nuanced, and stays close to its origins
Hard at work on his eighth novel, Deadwood author still packs a punch
Tim Pawlenty: Sad, but rich.Anyone feeling bad for Tim Pawlenty in the days since he pulled out of the presidential race -- well, don't.Pawlenty turned his bid for the Republican nomination into a pretty lucrative side gig for the first half of 2011, according to financial disclosure forms releas ... More >>
Photo by Clarity via flickr.comIf you have lived through even just one winter here, you are probably familiar with those mittens that resurface during a melty day as deformed and soggy after a few weeks in an iced over snow bank. Minnesota is not only a land of 10,000 lakes, but of 10,000 tales l ... More >>
Photo by Michael O'Shea William Gibson comes to Minneapolis today in promotion of his latest novel, Zero History, a tale of intrigue from the fringes of the military fashion complex that involves negative branding, GPS tracking, and the urban nomads who orbit around the magnetic leader of the wor ... More >>
Warwick GreenKevin KlingExplained as a "book club rewritten," Club Book promotes Minnesota arts and culture to a wider audience by connecting local libraries and best-selling, award-winning writers. Since its start in April, Club Book has brought such well-known authors as Garrison Keillor, T ... More >>
An online book club for low brow literati.
There are recipe collections and then there are "Recipe Collections." Some cookbooks are timeless. Just tonight we pulled out our faded The Joy of Cooking for info on rhubarb. There is Julia's book, The Silver Palate, and the Betty Crocker Cookbook, all of which are firmly ensconced in the c ... More >>
Mickey Leigh and Legs McNeil talk punk rock.
The hottest spot for foodies in the next few weeks might not be a restaurant but a bookstore.
Film is half-assed attempt to sell popcorn
Roadfood's Jane and Michael Stern tell the WSJ they'd spend their last $20 at Hell's.
"Cooking from the Heart" is the first commercially published Hmong cookbook--readings tonight and Saturday.
Beginning Sunday, September 18, the New York Times Magazine will launch a section called "The Funny Pages," which will include a six-month-long serial comic by the extremely talented graphic novelist Chris Ware, as well as a humor column and serial piece of fiction. In a press release, NYTMag editor ... More >>
Hidden Prey by John Sandford (Berkley, $7.99) Russian spies running amok in Duluth? Lucas Davenport, independently wealthy homicide investigator, has his silliest crime-solving spree yet in this, the 16th Prey novel by local bestseller Sandford. Actually, it's wrong to suggest that he solves anyth ... More >>