No matter how well (or poorly) you think Prince and the Revolution's Purple Rain has
aged over the years, the Library Of Congress has just seen to it that
the Purple One's seminal 1984 album will live on forever. Purple Rain,
along with 24 other recordings, has just been selected for induction
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Neil Gaiman supports local arts. Matt Dean, not so much.Neil Gaiman is at it again, speaking at publicly funded events and directing his earnings to charity.
Hasn't this guy learned his lesson?
Last week the famous author was called a "pencil-necked little weasel" and a thief by House Majo ... More >>
Now here's a history project I can get behind: The Hennepin County Library has been slowly unearthing and digitizing its vast High School Yearbook Collection, which dates all the way back to the early 1900s, and posting some gems to its Tumblr page.
Modernist Cuisine"The cookbook to end all cookbooks." -David ChangCopies of what is surely the most epic cookbook of the contemporary world--the six-volume, 2,438-page, 39.5 pound, five-years-in-the-making Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking--are currently on their way to the ha ... More >>
The Jigga penned a memoir. Co-written with journalist dream hampton (Source, Village Voice, SPIN), Decoded unpacks Shaun Carter's journey from Brooklyn to Manhattan -- the rote tale of pauper to prince, sardines to steak -- and explicates his most famous lyrics, explaining the density and persona ... More >>
dynamosquito via Flickr.comThe University of Minnesota has devoted quite a bit of space to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective character, Sherlock Holmes. In fact, the U has the world's largest collection of Sherlock Holmes. Beginning in 1974, over the years the University has purchased ... More >>
Librarians will survive, with Gloria Gaynor's help.Like a lot of cities, including our own, Duluth is so strapped for cash that it can't afford to keep its library doors open as often as it would like. And yet, librarians there and across the country bravely struggle on, and do so with a song ... More >>
Leo the Late BloomerFinding kid-friendly activities that don't drain your bank account can be trickier than cleaning marker off the walls. The Minneapolis Central and the Southdale libraries have come to the rescue with Childish Films: Rock and Read. This free program geared toward youngsters age ... More >>
Image by Lynn Pernille on FlickrDon't let your library books get moldy You know that creeping sense of shame that comes when you have overdue fines at the library, like how could you possibly be such a bad citizen? Well, today you can feel good about yourself. Some chump in Winona just turned in ... More >>
Michelle BruchReal-fruit smoothies are now selling outside the Central Library.Seafood refugees from Louisiana have come to help launch the Sophea Fresh Fruit stand in downtown Minneapolis.
"My grandfather is a fisherman," said Anna Dien, an employee at the family-owned food stand. "They st ... More >>
Neil Gaiman: Worth $45,000?Sandman author Neil Gaiman is under attack by the Minneapolis Star Tribune for charging $45,000 for a recent speaking engagement at a Stillwater public library.
Under the headline, "One author: $45,000 for an afternoon," the newspaper questioned the hefty ... More >>
The University of Minnesota calls its new underground library a triumph of design and function. Never mind the mold that feasts on pollution, a multimillion-dollar legal dispute, and those pesky health complaints.