Happy Halloween from UMP

A few UMP staffers braved the still-a-little-cold downtown Minneapolis temperatures today in full Halloween spirit: (L to R) Erin Warholm-Wohlenhaus, editorial assistant; Rachel Moeller, production coordinator; Amy Smith, administrative assistant; Danielle Kasprzak, editorial assistant; Robin Moir, digital content manager; and Maggie Sattler, direct marketing coordinator. Want to celebrate the season with a good book (or … More Happy Halloween from UMP

The Monstrous Feminine*: Lady Gaga in a Meat Dress

Sharon Irish holds a joint appointment in the School of Architecture and the Community Informatics Initiative/Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign. She is the author of Suzanne Lacy: Spaces Between (Minnesota, 2010) and Cass Gilbert, Architect: Modern Traditionalist. *Title is an ode to Barbara Creed’s The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, … More The Monstrous Feminine*: Lady Gaga in a Meat Dress

Remembering Paul and Sheila Wellstone: "Together, they touched countless lives."

“The future will belong to thosewho have passion,and to those who are willingto make the personal commitmentto make our country better.”—Paul Wellstone (July 21st, 1944 – October 25th, 2002) The following is a piece by Walter F. Mondale about the late Sen. Paul Wellstone and his wife, Sheila, who died in a plane crash eight … More Remembering Paul and Sheila Wellstone: "Together, they touched countless lives."

Happy Birthday, Dizzy.

Google decided to be awesome today (and, well, always) and create an ode to jazz mastermind, bebop inventor, and founder of Afro-Cuban rhythm Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993) on what would have been his 93rd birthday. About 1 3/4 years ago, UMP brought back into print Gillespie’s towering 550-page memoir, To Be, or Not … to Bop, … More Happy Birthday, Dizzy.

What’s next — Pink Cigarettes for the Cure?

Samantha King is associate professor of kinesiology, health studies and gender studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She is author of Pink Ribbons, Inc.: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy. This article first appeared on the Breast Cancer Action Montreal‘s Fall 2010 bulletin. ——- With the annual pinkfest that marks October — Breast … More What’s next — Pink Cigarettes for the Cure?

Uncovering myths of the Minneapolis and St. Paul underground

Ever hear the myth about how Pierre “Pig’s Eye” Parrant (namesake of Pig’s Eye Beer) founded the city of St. Paul at Fountain Cave? Or about “Smuggler’s Cave” of Minneapolis, which was supposedly used during the Prohibition to smuggle liquor into the city? Author Greg Brick (Subterranean Twin Cities) has been exploring and writing about … More Uncovering myths of the Minneapolis and St. Paul underground