The benefits of sharing a bed — with lovers, children, or dogs

Should you share your sleeping space with Fido? BY MATTHEW WOLF-MEYERAssistant professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz Sure, sharing a bed can be a nuisance from time to time. And spending the night in a hotel alone while traveling can be a vacation in itself. But there‚Äôs been some recent attention … More The benefits of sharing a bed — with lovers, children, or dogs

On this very day, Minnesota railroads turn 150 years old. And in 2012, they’re doing better than ever.

The William Crooks was the first train to run in Minnesota, on June 28, 1862. Today, it lives at the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth, MN. Photo credit: Jeff Terry. BY STEVE GLISCHINSKITrains Magazine correspondent and longtime railroad photographer On this day in 2012, the people of Minnesota are driving their cars; heading to … More On this very day, Minnesota railroads turn 150 years old. And in 2012, they’re doing better than ever.

Happiness, death, and a few of his favorite (and most loathed) things: Dery does the Proust Questionnaire

[Inspired by.] BY MARK DERY, cultural critic and author, most recently, of I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts What is your idea of earthly happiness? All the time in the world, all the books in the world, the creditors banished forever from my mailbox, the time clock stopped for all time, a pool of light … More Happiness, death, and a few of his favorite (and most loathed) things: Dery does the Proust Questionnaire

40 years of Twin Cities Pride: We’ve come a long way, yet still have so far to go.

The I-35W bridge in Minneapolis is lit up in rainbow colors to commemorate last year’s Pride celebration on June 24th, 2011. Image via Creative Commons. BY STEWART VAN CLEVEFormer assistant curator of the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota As the end of June approaches, people … More 40 years of Twin Cities Pride: We’ve come a long way, yet still have so far to go.

Reauthorizing Indianness (or Acts of Violence against Native Self-Determination)

Image source. BY MARK RIFKINAssociate professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro During the past few months, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives both have passed bills reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The law originally was adopted in 1994 and was last reauthorized in 2005, and in its … More Reauthorizing Indianness (or Acts of Violence against Native Self-Determination)

Another long and winding road: Translating Japanese speculative fiction

This illustration was created for Hayawaka’s SF Magazine by Hidenori Watanave. Here, Takayuki Tatsumi, who wrote the introduction to Chiaki Kawamata’s Death Sentences, traces Japanese science fiction translation back to this monthly magazine, which debuted in 1959. Image source: Creative Commons. BY TAKAYUKI TATSUMIProfessor of English at Keio University In the 2010s you might consider … More Another long and winding road: Translating Japanese speculative fiction

Is a good night’s sleep legitimately possible?

Sleep: It might traditionally be relegated to the twilight hours.But that doesn’t mean it has to be. BY MATTHEW WOLF-MEYERAssistant professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz Slate & Survey Monkey just published the results of a poll on sleep, most of which is pretty innocuous. The two findings that work pretty … More Is a good night’s sleep legitimately possible?