Abdirizak Bihi paces the courtyard of Riverside Plaza in Minneapolis, awaiting his children's arrival from school. Dirt blows freely down Cedar Avenue as piss-colored newspapers dance in the wind. In the shade of a tree stand a slouching man and a woman with cavernous eyes, locked in stormy debate. ... More >>
The University of Minnesota Senate recently voted down a resolution calling for the cancelation of Condoleezza Rice's Humphrey School speech, which is set for 5 p.m. tonight at the Northrop Auditorium as part of the "Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series."But a group of students, faculty, and communi ... More >>
Station to Station with Patti Smith, Eleanor Friedberger, No Age, and White Mystery Union Depot Thursday, September 12, 2013 Although it doesn't do it complete justice, the tagline for Doug Aitken's experimental traveling circus Station to Station works as a terse summation of the evening: "A publi ... More >>
Everyone's a critic -- except in Minnesota, of course. Well, we're just as judgmental if not worse in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but you'd hardly detect it from any publicly circulated opinion on the matter with a byline. Actually, I take that back. Those charged with writing criticism often get shun ... More >>
Michael Winterbottom takes Thomas Hardy's Tess to today's Mumbai
Shane Bauer, left, Josh Fattal: Back home, and speaking out.Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal have returned to the United States, and begun describing their two-plus-year ordeal in Iran as accused, convicted, and imprisoned "spies." The two Americans had to go on hunger strikes just to receive letters ... More >>
A story too good to be true?The story of the killing of Osama bin Laden at the hands of Navy SEALS would have been compelling stuff in its own right. But it turns out the story ain't quite what it used to be. Here are the big headlines you probably thought were true about bin Laden's killing -- ... More >>
Everyone has an opinion about the killing of Osama bin Laden. In Minnesota, a lot of them used Twitter to luxuriate in sweet revenge for 9/11. Others found absurd humor in reactionary politics, or lamented that the state of the world hasn't changed very much in the past 24 hours. We've coll ... More >>
Who are you saying ought to be drug tested?Keith Ellison is none too happy with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs for putting down President Obama's liberal critics in a new interview. In fact, he wants Gibbs fired.The episode is further evidence that the president's uneasy truce with ... More >>
We get on with the business of singling out the past decade's least defensible, most insufferable tunes.
A brief selection of just a few of the underground rap superstars who'll rock Canterbury Park this Sunday.
Famous director assigns motive to Bush's M.O., but at this point, who cares?
A 24-year-old veteran seeks redemption for atrocities committed during the Iraq war
The Oscar-winning filmmaker weighs in on America's health care system
Michael Moore's pill goes down easy, but 'Sicko' devastates nonetheless
Richard Linklater chews on 'Fast Food Nation' and 'A Scanner Darkly'
When a serial rapist escaped from Minnesota's state mental hospital last April, someone had to take a perp walk sooner rather than later. So why not arrest the escapee's father?
Anthony Bourdain's newest, The Nasty Bits, is perfect summer reading: Riveting to pick up, easy to put down
Thirty summers after Jaws attacked intelligent filmmaking, the question remains: Why are the movies so bad? A search for answers with David Thomson
The Norman Conquest A feisty and more colorful brand of politics invaded the U.S. Senate chambers yesterday as British M.P. George Galloway sat before the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs subcommittee investigating the U.N. oil-for-food scandal, chaired by Norm Coleman. Coleman ... More >>
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A friend and protégé tries to make sense of what's happened to Christopher Hitchens
The media march off to war with Iraq: A TV glossary
Getting to the bottom of Charlie Kaufman's 'Adaptation'