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2011 National Book Awards – Occupying Wall Street

The 62nd National Book Award ceremony took place at Cipriani on Wall Street in New York City this evening. Hosting the awards benefit was actor and author John Lithgow whose recently published memoir, Drama: An Actor’s Education, has received critical acclaim. A list of finalists can be found at the end of this post, but the … Continue reading

New York, New York: Upcoming Event with Authors Darin Strauss, Lynne Tillman and David Hajdu

New York City as muse — it happens all the time, but to what end? If you happen to be in NYC this weekend, check out this upcoming event led by Jane Ciabattari, past president and current online VP of the National Book Critics Circle. NBCC award honorees Darin Strauss, Lynne Tillman, David Hajdu talk … Continue reading

See Author Christopher Meeks at The Bookcase of Wayzata

Author Christopher Meeks will be at The Bookcase this Saturday to read from his new novel, Love at Absolute Zero (reviewed here). The party starts at 7:00 p.m. For directions, click here. Meeks is a former Minnesotan, currently teaching at Santa Monica College, the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and UCLA’s extension program. … Continue reading

Book Review: Love at Absolute Zero by Christopher Meeks

“If the experiments do not bear out the hypothesis, the hypothesis must be rejected or modified.” – From the Scientific Method When physicist Gunnar Gunderson decides it’s time to find a mate, he means business. Early in his career, he is much too busy for silly things like dating. But he swears to his friends … Continue reading


At almost 4:00 p.m. today, after Rep. Debra Kiel (R-Crookston) introduced a bill regarding colored lights on collector vehicles, Rep. Debra Hillstrom (DFL-Brooklyn Center) had apparently had enough of Republican time-wasting tactics on the floor of the Minn. House of Representatives and said: “Mr. Speaker and members, we are just days away from adjournment. There … Continue reading


MN GOP Budget Proposal Disproportionately Squeezes Middle Class

  “The bottom line, Members, is that a middle-class job is a middle-class job. What you are doing in your state budget is continuing to squeeze the middle class, and over and over again we’ve asked, “What role in actually solving our challenges, our state deficit, are the richest Minnesotans going to play in your … Continue reading

MN State Senate News Release – Republicans use Enron-Style Accounting

Senate Republicans adopt Enron-style accounting in latest budget bill State Government budget includes major layoffs and benefit cuts for state workers Ignoring the warnings of Minnesota’s non-partisan finance experts, Republicans in the Minnesota Senate pushed ahead with a State Government budget bill that relies on undocumented and unverifiable budget numbers to plug the state’s budget … Continue reading

Wall Street vs. Main Street: “We’re Not Going to Let This Go” — Al Franken

From the desk of Senator Al Franken (D-MN): “We were all shocked by what happened in Wisconsin Wednesday night. Eighteen Republican state senators broke faith with the people who elected them. They broke their word. They may have even broken the law. They wanted to bust public sector unions — the last line of defense … Continue reading

(WI-GOV) Wall Street vs. Main Street: Republican Class Warfare