Meet the architect behind several Midwestern landmarks — including the Hollywood, Uptown, and Varsity Theaters in Minneapolis.

Today’s post is by Alan K. Lathrop, who was curator of the Manuscripts Division at the University of Minnesota Libraries from 1970 to 2008. He is the author of Churches of Minnesota (2003) and more recently, Minnesota Architects (May 2010). The Fourth of July will mark the 117th anniversary of the birth of Jacob “Jack” … More Meet the architect behind several Midwestern landmarks — including the Hollywood, Uptown, and Varsity Theaters in Minneapolis.

Deleuze on dogs (hates ’em) and bugs (loves ’em)

From today’s Slog: The Slog then links to this piece by Charles Stivale that discusses Deleuze’s dislike of domestic animals and his unique fascination with ticks, spiders and fleas. Because it is a somewhat rare occasion when a mainstream blog quotes Deleuze, we thought we would take the opportunity to mention a forthcoming title in … More Deleuze on dogs (hates ’em) and bugs (loves ’em)

Q&A with curator Wendy Grossman: On the popularity of Man Ray, his unique approach to African art, and his lasting influence on modernist art.

Today we present a Q&A with curator Wendy Grossman, compiler of Man Ray, African Art, and the Modernist Lens, an illustrated volume that uncovers a virtually unknown chapter in the inventive activities of Man Ray and raises thought-provoking questions about the role photographs played in shaping perceptions of African art. The publication accompanies the traveling … More Q&A with curator Wendy Grossman: On the popularity of Man Ray, his unique approach to African art, and his lasting influence on modernist art.

Looking back on Tucson

Today’s post is by UMP editor Jason Weidemann, who acquires books in sociology, media studies, native studies, anthropology and geography, among other disciplines. ——- In May I had the opportunity to attend the annual Native American and Indigenous Studies meeting in Tucson, Arizona. Always an energetic and passionate gathering, this year’s was even more so … More Looking back on Tucson

She’s unmarried. She plays softball. And she’s a successful academic in the media spotlight. So what, exactly, is Elena Kagan being accused of?

Today’s post is by Deborah Cohler, associate professor of women and gender studies at San Francisco State University and author of Citizen, Invert, Queer: Lesbianism and War in Early Twentieth Century Britain. —– Why do we care if Elena Kagan plays softball? Are women who smoke cigars lesbians? This isn’t the first time that a … More She’s unmarried. She plays softball. And she’s a successful academic in the media spotlight. So what, exactly, is Elena Kagan being accused of?