Joanna Zylinska: Evolution is not all that.

BY JOANNA ZYLINSKAProfessor of new media and communications at Goldsmiths, University of London How do things emerge in the world? What is the relationship between an organism and its environment? In recent years both the humanities and the sciences have embraced a more process-based, relational way of thinking about these questions, with matter seen as … More Joanna Zylinska: Evolution is not all that.

On star stuff, ‘Science’s Unruly Earth Mother,’ and the scientific art of empirical rebellion

BY DORION SAGANAward-winning science writer, editor, and theorist “Every scientific idea passes through three stages,” wrote William Whewell in his 1840 Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences: First, it is ridiculed.Second, it is violently opposed or claimed to be of only minor importance.Third, it is accepted as self-evident.  Other versions and variations have appeared since, with … More On star stuff, ‘Science’s Unruly Earth Mother,’ and the scientific art of empirical rebellion

Railroad wars and the St. Paul Union Depot

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‘So few Nates, so many, many Davids’: Six Feet Under and the return of death to the home

BY RACHAEL HANELWriter, university administrator, former journalist In the not-so-distant past, death and life co-existed in the home. Home was where people were born, and home was where people died. Upon death, the family prepped the body for burial, carefully washing it and clothing it. The body was then laid out in the parlor, and … More ‘So few Nates, so many, many Davids’: Six Feet Under and the return of death to the home

The Disenchanted: On Budd Schulberg’s Hollywood writing assignment with F. Scott Fitzgerald.

A Q&A with Benn Schulberg, who is the son of Budd Schulberg, author of The Disenchanted, which was reissued in a University of Minnesota Press edition in September 2012. The moving, controversial novel captured both the dazzling spirit and the bitter disenchantment of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age. It centers around an ill-fated screenplay writing … More The Disenchanted: On Budd Schulberg’s Hollywood writing assignment with F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald’s past and the writing of The Great Gatsby

Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald in September 1921 in Dellwood, Minnesota, about a month before their daughter, Scottie, was born. Image from Creative Commons; originates with Minnesota Historical Society. BY SCOTT DONALDSONLiterary biographer and author of Fool for Love: F. Scott Fitzgerald Toward the end of 1923, F. Scott Fitzgerald underwent one of his periods … More Fitzgerald’s past and the writing of The Great Gatsby

Ready for farmers market season? Find out when your favorite produce is in season and how to use it with tips from Beth Dooley.

Photographs by Mette Nielsen, from Minnesota’s Bounty. BY BETH DOOLEYHas covered the local food scene in the Northern Heartland for 25 years; author of, most recently, Minnesota’s Bounty: The Farmers Market Cookbook Opening days at local farmers markets are the most exciting of the year! Here’s our payoff for winter’s patience. Cooks can kick back … More Ready for farmers market season? Find out when your favorite produce is in season and how to use it with tips from Beth Dooley.