Jay Ambrose: Is Donald Trump a loser and a sucker?
“I fear three newspapers more than 100,000 bayonets,” Napoleon once said, and today you’ve got President Donald Trump with reason to fear Atlantic magazine, 1,331 daily newspapers, 1,761 TV stations, 15,530 radio stations, 1.73 billion daily users of Facebook and 149 million daily users of Twitter more than he fears Joe Biden.Accompanied by incensed social media commentary, a recent, endlessly told story in news outlets is that Trump referred to Americans killed in combat as “losers” and “suckers” while in France in 2018 to commemorate those who lost their lives in World War I. He was asked to...
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Meet the secret weapon for fighting the pandemic: Interior architects
Almost exactly 40 years ago, I got my first job in architecture: Not as an underpaid draftsman for some Pritzker Prize-winning architect or as an editorial assistant at a glossy design magazine, but as a lowly office clerk for an interiors and architecture firm in San Francisco.One of my duties was to feed drawings into the blueprint machine. Noxious fumes would emanate from the machine, making my nose wrinkle. After copies of the blueprints came out, I would roll them up and deliver them, on foot, to nearby offices. Such was the state of architectural technology, circa 1980.Yet my grunt work ...
Minneapolis writer Curtis Sittenfeld talks Hillary, Laura Bush and her move to the Twin Cities
After Curtis Sittenfeld wrote “American Wife” — her fictionalized portrait of a woman who strongly resembled Laura Bush — editors started asking her to write essays about women in politics. Specifically, Hillary Clinton.She turned them all down. “I didn’t think I had anything new to say,” Sittenfeld said in a recent interview via Zoom. “I thought to write a piece about what Hillary means, or about Hillary and feminism — it didn’t feel like there’s anything I could say that hadn’t already been said repeatedly.”But then along came an editor at Esquire magazine. He didn’t ask for an essay — he as...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
What We Are Reading Today: Magazines and the Making of America
Author: Heather A. HavemanFrom the colonial era to the onset of the Civil War, Magazines and the Making of America looks at how magazines and the individuals, organizations, and circumstances they connected ushered America into the modern age. How did a magazine industry emerge in the US, where there were once only amateur authors, clumsy technologies for production and distribution, and sparse reader demand? What legitimated magazines as they competed with other media, such as newspapers, books, and letters? And what role did magazines play in the integration or division of American society?F...
Commentary: Breonna Taylor will be on the cover of O magazine. Here's why it's a big deal
For the first time in 20 years, O, the Oprah Magazine is having someone other than Oprah Winfrey on the cover. It’s Breonna Taylor, the young Black woman who was killed in her Louisville home by police as she was sleeping alongside her boyfriend in the middle of the night on March 13. She was 26.The Louisville Metro Police Department fired Brett Hankison, one of the officers involved in Taylor’s death, on June 23, saying his “actions displayed an extreme indifference to the value of human life when (he) wantonly and blindly fired 10 rounds into the apartment of Breonna Taylor on March 13, 2020...
Editorial: Toward an ongoing, unfettered, robust debate — without apology
The Constitution forbids government from abridging freedom of speech and of the press. But we, the people, have no such prohibition, because free inquiry means it is the right, if not responsibility, of individuals to counter what they consider bad speech with what they consider good speech.But in recent years, an impulse has arisen to turn people who break new rules of discourse into permanent pariahs. Now more than 150 writers and intellectuals have struck back, with an important and principled salvo in Harper’s Magazine. Huzzah.Attacking ideas thought to be offensive is healthy, and sometim...
New York Daily News
Dennis Anderson: Nature's storytellers are a threatened species as well
MINNEAPOLIS — Unless people know where they’ve been, it’s difficult for them to know where they are. This always has been true and might be even more so now, given the speed at which change is occurring.I was thinking about this recently as I reread the October 1950 edition of Sports Afield, one of a collection of old sporting magazines I keep.The magazine had a painting by the late Minnesota wildlife artist and raconteur Les Kouba on the cover, touting a story inside titled “Nordern Bluebills” by the late, and legendary, Minnesota outdoor scribe Jimmy Robinson.Viewed through a 2020 lens, the ...
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