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  • Emily Gastineau updated the Article State of Grace
    George Slade meditates on community and art from a different point of view here: What does our community officially value? What is the audience--or audiences--for art in Minnesota? How do their desires play out? How does this influence the production of what's called art?   Minnesota is, officially, a state of grace. Alongside the common loon, walleye pike, red pine, monarch (state butterfly), milk (drink), wild rice (grain), Lake Superior agate (gem), blueberry (muffin), and morel (mushroom), …
  • Eight glittery acrobats pose and twirl overhead in the lobby of Circus Juventas' St. Paul facility. Sculpted with coils of bright copper wire, the mobile of figures frozen in various circus acts symbolizes the interdependent, interwoven phenomenon that is the circus family.   Circus Juventas--named after an early Roman goddess of youth--began its life in 1994 as Circus of the Star, a small program in St. Paul's Highland neighborhood dedicated to instructing youth in the circus arts. Founders Da…
  • The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and His Tragic Quest To Rid the World of Mental IllnessBy Jack El-HaiHoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons, 2005 It’s a good thing that a well-mannered, slow-to-anger Minnesotan wrote this book. Jack El-Hai’s accumulation of data and anecdotes in the life of Walter Jackson Freeman, an articulate, brilliant man who chose to devote his intellect and energies to a beastly bit of business, is careful, even respectful in its withholding of judgment. The …