On buying local: What difference are you making?

Greg Breining, author of Fishing Minnesota and Wild Shore, has an opinion piece in Sunday’s Star Tribune that questions traditional beliefs about the local-food movement. While the idea of buying local is big in Minnesota, and certainly popular this time of year, Breining maintains that it does not reap significant, tangible benefits in terms of … More On buying local: What difference are you making?

Market life and animal studies

In its Sept. 2009 issue, Humanimalia, a journal of human/animal interface studies, reviews Nicole Shukin’s Animal Capital: Rendering Life in Biopolitical Times, the sixth installment in the University of Minnesota Press Posthumanities Series. The article uses this April 2009 AP photo of pigs captured in Hyderabad, India (as an attempt to monitor and contain the … More Market life and animal studies

Bacon haikus, chocolate watermelon on a stick, and other MN news

The Minnesota State Fair commences today, and with it, many articles of Minnesota history and state-fair nostalgia are making their way around the usual news circuits. Here are a few of interest:-MPR’s Cathy Wurzer checks out obscure places at the fair.-Excitement has been building for weeks (er, months) about the newest food-on-a-stick offerings. A few … More Bacon haikus, chocolate watermelon on a stick, and other MN news

Paul Chaat Smith on Indigenous Politics

Paul Chaat Smith, author of Everything You Know about Indians Is Wrong, will appear on Indigenous Politics: From Native New England and Beyond, a radio program on WESU. For air time, click here. The show is hosted by Dr. J. Kehaulani Kauanui, an associate professor of American Studies and Anthropology at Wesleyan University. For those … More Paul Chaat Smith on Indigenous Politics

When in Rome …

Eric Dregni (above, pictured with the legendary Fabio), author of In Cod We Trust and the forthcoming Never Trust a Thin Cook and Other Lessons from Italy’s Culinary Capital, has a travel piece in Sunday’s Star Tribune about surviving the streets of Rome via Vespa (aka scooter). Here are a few standout pieces of transportation … More When in Rome …

The college class of ’13 has always known blue jello

Beloit College recently released its annual Mindset List for the college class of 2013 (born in 1991). Among the 75 “cultural touchstones” for this class: #34: They have always been able to read books on an electronic screen.#35: Women have always outnumbered men in college.#72: Migration of once independent media like radio, TV, videos and … More The college class of ’13 has always known blue jello