Late this year, U of MN Press published the first American edition of Stig Dagerman’s German Autumn, essays on the tragic aftermath of war, suffering, and guilt that are as hauntingly relevant today as they were sixty-plus years ago when Dagerman was first assigned by the Swedish newspaper Expressen to report on life in Germany … More “We wish to understand history as a whole, in order to understand ourselves.”
From Wired‘s feature on author Ian Bogost (How to Do Things With Videogames and Alien Phenomenology): You work for the Transportation Security Administration, manning the x-ray machine at a local airport. Your day begins easily enough, quickly scanning passengers’ luggage and bodies and waving them through. But after a few minutes, you get an alert—shirts … More [Wired] The Curse of Cow Clicker: How a Cheeky Satire Became a Videogame Hit
BY ANKE FINGERAssociate professor of German studies and comparative literature at the University of Connecticut In an essay titled “The New Imagination” (1990), Vilém Flusser emphasizes the need for a “critique of image criticism” – and he considered letters to be images as well. He writes: “The linear gesture of writing tears the pixels from … More New media and old philosophy: What would Vilém Flusser think about e-books?
From Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America by Eric Dregni (Minnesota 2011), pgs. 252-53: At 6:15 in the morning of December 13, the parking lot of the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis is jammed, the castlelike structure clouded in the cars’ vapors. Tickets are sold out as the dark mansion on Park … More December 13th: Sankta Lucia Dagan (Festival of Lights)
BY JASON WEIDEMANNSenior acquisitions editor at University of Minnesota Press It’s an open secret here at the Press that I’m a pretty big gamer in my off time. A quick romp through a virtual world with an ax in one hand and a fireball spell in the other is the perfect antidote to a long … More Nerds and Nords: Why Styrbiorn the Strong is made for Skyrim fans.
BY PAUL METSASinger, songwriter, and seven-time Minnesota Music Award winner My love of books started when I was in kindergarten and would spend Saturday mornings listening to Miss Smart (a perfect name for our local librarian) read from them as we sat in a semicircle around her at the Virginia Public Library in Minnesota. I … More Paul Metsa: The long, mysterious road to Blue Guitar Highway