Participants in the 1982 Pride parade march down Hennepin Avenue by the I-94 exchange on the way to Loring Park. Stewart Van Cleve points out how LGBT struggles have changed—as well as how they’ve frustratingly remained the same—over the past few decades. Photograph by John Yoakam. BY STEWART VAN CLEVEFormer assistant curator of the Jean-Nickolaus … More Same-sex marriage vote: It’s a family matter.
ANOUAR MAJIDProfessor of English and director of the Center for Global Humanities at the University of New England in Maine The violence that has erupted throughout the Muslim world in the wake of the release of a short film on YouTube, one that depicts the Prophet Mohammed as a heartless fraud, is a wake-up call … More Imagining an Islam Without Red Lines
BY MATTHEW J. WOLF-MEYERAssistant professor of anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz Over the past thirty years, there’s been a mounting body of evidence regarding changes in long-term sleep needs. Infants need a lot of sleep; children less so; adolescents need more; and adults, less, until our later years, when many require even less sleep. … More School start times: Why so rigid?
Author Luke Longstreet Sullivan has written an astonishing memoir about the story of his father’s descent from one of the world’s top orthopedic surgeons at the Mayo Clinic to a man who is increasingly abusive, alcoholic, and insane, ultimately dying alone on the floor of a Georgia motel room. For his wife and six sons, … More Insanity, addiction, and dark humor in the shadow of the Mayo Clinic
Q&A WITH SCOTT DONALDSONLiterary biographer of many, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Winfield Townley Scott, John Cheever, and Archibald MacLeish You mentioned in an interview this year that Fool for Love is the best writing you’ve ever done. Why? A couple of reasons. One is that I felt a greater kinship with Fitzgerald than … More On motivation, love, and the Roaring Twenties: Some reflections on F. Scott Fitzgerald