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  • Art is hard. That’s not because it's physically hard on you, like construction work or meth is. Art is hard like religion is hard. Everyone has a sui generis religious experience – one that’s unique, personalized even. There is no universally shared experience by which to define it. So, everyone at church knows exactly what it means to be religious, but no one agrees on what that is: The experience is exactly, but not quite, entirely unlike everyone else's experience. So it is with art, to…
  • If literary awards were made of some kind of fabric, say leather or silk, then the belt Marlon James could sew together from them would have one more notch in it this week, and that notch would be Man Booker Prize-shaped. (Admittedly, that's a terrible metaphor. In fact, it may not even be a metaphor. Might count as a simile. I'm just not sure — which is why you don't see Rob Callahan winning the Booker Prize.) In other words, Marlon James just won the Man Booker Prize. He did so in London on …
  • “The hardest thing is I can't control it,” says Greg Berman, reflecting on the often fickle and fleeting nature of success as an artist. “I don't get to control what parts I get, I only get to audition.” Even getting an audition can be out of his hands, though, and the young actor/comic estimates that only about ten percent of his auditions end in a call back, much less paid work. “The thing is, I think I'm doing okay, but it doesn't feel like that, because I hear no so much more than …
  • Christopher Jones's hands have channeled visual magic into comics and graphic novels featuring such heroes as Iron Man, Batman, Spider-Man, the Avengers, and the Justice League. The rogues' gallery of villains he's drawn includes the Riddler, False-Face, MODOK, and Gorilla Grod, to name a few. He worked on the cult hit, Superheroes In Love, and he's drawn countless independent and small titles over his career, though his best-known work was probably on Young Justice, which he drew from 2011 to 2…
  • Twin Cities history is riddled with artists who probably should have been huge in their times but didn't quite fit with what their respective industries wanted. Think the Replacements or Rob Callahan. Folks who, one way or another, brushed hard enough against the big time to pick its pockets, but stumbled and fell back instead. Ian Rans has a similar story. These days, you'll find him celebrating the tenth anniversary of Triviasco, his unique take on bar trivia, but his personal brand is broader…
  • Chastity Brown has been working steadily on a new album for some time now, having taken a reprieve from the world of music labels and the various corporate concerns therein, choosing instead to revisit her indie roots. (Although she put out several early releases on her own, it was the 2012 album Back Road Highways, released on the Creative & Dreams Music Network, that really broadened her place on the map.) Two years after the release of Back Road Highways, Brown announced that she was plan…
  • Some things worth knowing about comic Molly Cathryn Glover, in no particular order: One, she’s an insult comic. Two, she's strangely obsessed with goats. (She may even believe she's actually two goats in a trench coat.) Three, she's one-third of the crew that produces the long-running atheist podcast, Geeks Without God. Four, a bunch of other stuff we're skipping over for time's sake. Five, her day job is making board games. Six, she has Asperger Syndrome. Seven, a bunch more stuff we'll get t…
  • Misogyny, the discrimination toward or oppression of others solely over their apparent lack of a Y chromosome, is everywhere. For some, dismissal of a term like “misogyny” comes easily. It may even feel, at times, like the term gets bandied about rather heavy-handedly. It's a very real offense, though, and clearly in evidence when one behaves as if gender renders others undeserving of even the simplest equalities – like pay, comfort, or basic safety. Think of it like that, and it isn't har…
  • Last time we approached the topic of misogyny in the music scene, we checked in with rapper Kat Fox about the general and specific ways she's seen women treated during her time as a musician. But it was clear from the beginning of that conversation that her experiences were just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. It isn't as though Fox is the only woman who ever had to confront a bloke in the scene. It's just that this was the first time a woman said “yes” after I asked her to interview abou…
  • So, you hear there's a production of A Christmas Carol going, over on Saint Paul's East Side. You also hear it's Star Trek-themed, and that it's presented in “the original Klingon.” “Self,” you say to yourself, “are they out of their Vulcan minds?” Then you sort of settle into the idea and consider the ways in which the Dickens classic could blend with what we've come to know as Klingon culture through Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. It's a story about overcoming …