Prairie Silence; Or: On Being An Ex-Pat In Your Own Home Town

Prairie Silence; Or: On Being An Ex-Pat In Your Own Home Town

Melanie Hoffert grew up on the North Dakota prairie. Like most rural kids, she evacuated to a city the first chance she got, moving by degrees until she ended up in Minneapolis-St.Paul, where I met her. We were in different stages in our lives then. I, still in the aggressive autonomy of early adulthood, felt no […]

Your Monday Morning GIF Parade: NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

This review of Glen Weldon’s excellent The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture will be delivered in the form of a GIF parade. The story of how I came to read this book is possibly the most meta-nerd thing that has ever happened: I listened to an NPR piece in which an […]

Maude; Or, Superwoman In Disguise

I downloaded Maude, by Donna Mabry, on my Kindle about two years ago because it was free at the time. There was a sale, or something. And I thought, “Why not?” I was never overly interested, and it just sat there for ages. I finally got to it because I’ve read though everything else I […]

Farmer Boy; or, My Deep Ambivalence For Laura Ingalls Wilder

I received a beautiful boxed set of the illustrated Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder for Christmas. Last year I’d gotten into reading some of my favorite books from childhood, and I was excited to dive into this set that had been such a big part of my life when I was young. Having […]

Scent of a Man

Our human sense of smell is an extraordinary thing. A recent study indicates it may have been one of the primary evolutionary factors that allowed our ancient mammalian ancestors to begin to expand out from under the shadow of the dinosaurs. Smell is a “direct sense,” meaning that the information about the environment received through […]