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  • Tice      He lays there, chin all soft-looking with these tiny orange hairs. Seems like boys in puberty don’t have freckles, but there you go. Just starting. Puberty.     I saw him hit, and it was fuckin horrible. He’s thinking he’s the cock-a-the fuckin walk, sweeps his bike out in front of traffic and there’s the car, some ugly-ass sedan or something: bam. …Shit. Bike just…folded. Tore-up.     He’s got a mom. Debbie. She works at Holiday. She’s in whenever she’s not on.…
  • Dear Mother Dear Mother, I am writing you from my bedroom because you know because why. I am very upset and I just do not like the things that you had said to me and I do not like you, and I do not like eggs. I do not like eggs when they taste like a animal blood in the middle, or like a chalk, and I do not like when they touch potatoes. I do not like you. I do not like your face, hair, eyes, mouth, face, yelling, and angry hands when it is breakfast time. I wanted my milk. I am stomping the wa…
  • HARDY COLEMAN DOESN'T LIKE TO SAY THAT HE'S A WRITER. "It's one of the things I do," he says, smiling into the early spring sun in the courtyard of Minneapolis' Seward Café. "I don't wanna be seen as some special guy on a pedestal." Indeed, in his stained punk rock T-shirt, beat-up leather jacket, and well-worn Fedora, Hardy looks about as down-to-earth as a person can get. "Part of the reason," he explains, "is like, maybe you need a handyman, you know? Who needs a writer?" The other things Ha…
  • AS IS THE CASE WITH ANY GOOD FILM, THERE IS A LOT MORE GOING ON behind the scenes of Birthmarked for Death than appears onscreen. A lot more. The darkly comic short created for the 2008 Minnesota 48-Hour Film Fest is headed to the one-and-only Cannes Film Festival this month, which is a big deal for any group of aspiring filmmakers. But for the self-described "motley crew" behind Birthmarked, even the excitement of international recognition can't stop the hustle. I spoke with four core members o…
  • AH, MARCH. It's a time of year when we Minnesotans become keenly aware of our precarious position: winter has started letting up, the thaw has begun, and yet we know in our hearts that before we can shed the woolen layers and welcome spring to stay, we're in for another freeze. But we're used to this way of life. We're Middle-coasters, at home hanging in that careful balance between spring and winter, life and death, the lush and the desolate. It's appropriate, then, that March is the month to g…
  • WHEN ARTISTS DREAM OF SUCCESS, they probably dream of showing at the Walker, the Met, the Tate, Musée National d'Art Moderne -- not the java joint down the street. But on the road to the big-time, those little coffeehouse shows can prove to be important stops along the way, providing a safe platform for artists to practice the tricks of their trade: how to produce enough work for a show, create a cohesive collection, price pieces, place work in a variety of exhibition spaces, effectively promot…
  • WHEN ARTISTS DREAM OF SUCCESS, they probably dream of showing at the Walker, the Met, the Tate, Musée National d'Art Moderne -- not the java joint down the street. But on the road to the big-time, those little coffeehouse shows can be important stops along the way, providing a safe platform for artists to practice the tricks of their trade: how to produce enough work for a show, create a cohesive collection, price pieces, place them in the space, promote, and (most importantly) find an audience…
  • WHEN ARTISTS DREAM OF SUCCESS, they probably dream of showing at the Walker, the Met, the Tate, Musée National d'Art Moderne -- not the java joint down the street. But on the road to the big-time, those little coffeehouse shows can be important stops along the way, providing a safe platform for artists to practice the tricks of their trade: how to produce enough work for a show, create a cohesive collection, price pieces, place them in the space, promote, and (most importantly) find an audience…
  • Camille Erickson updated the Article Swimming Out
    THERE'S A NEW ART FORM ON THE HORIZON: POETRY-FILM. Approaches to the burgeoning genre are many, but the work is unified by intention: to shed light on and expand the boundaries of poetry in ways words alone can not. Poetry-film projects have been popping up all over in recent months: Todd Boss and Angella Kassube's Motionpoems, a short film re-visitation of The Waste Land by writer Jay Orff and animator Tom Schroeder (both of Monkeyshow). There was even a panel discussion and series of screenin…
  • WHEN ARTISTS DREAM OF SUCCESS, they probably dream of showing at the Walker, the Met, the Tate, Musée National d'Art Moderne -- not the java joint down the street. But on the road to the big-time, those little coffeehouse shows can be important stops along the way, providing a safe platform for artists to practice the tricks of their trade: how to produce enough work for a show, create a cohesive collection, price pieces, place them in the space, promote, and (most importantly) find an audience…