Monthly Archives: April 2010

The End of a Terrible, Terrible Era

What’s this? Brookdale Mall has closed? Brookdale Mall, located just minutes from my gentle neighborhood, has followed countless Hardees franchises into the shallow unmarked grave of retail death, shot in the back of the head by consumer indifference. What will … Continue reading

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Storyhill: Shade of the Trees

Regular readers of the JLP know that the Montana/MPLS folk duo Storyhill (Chris Cunningham & John Hermanson) is one of my favorite musical acts. I was introduced to them in the mid-90s, and I’ve been a big fan ever since. … Continue reading

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Gunned Down

Last night in our neighborhood, gunshots rang out like a bell. When this morning’s gray gloom finally dissipated, our worst fears were realized. The violence had touched home. Yesterday, this was just another teddy bear, careless and free. He probably … Continue reading

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An Afternoon at Target Field

On Sunday, I visited sparkling Target Field to watch the Twins fall feebly to the Royals with some old friends in celebration of Adam’s impending wedding. It was a wonderful day of friendship and hot dogs and sunshine swear words. … Continue reading

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Sellout Post-Rationalizing

The other day I got an email from a social marketing agency asking if I’d be open to some advertising here at the JLP. My mind quickly raced through the cost benefit analysis: Benefits: cash. Costs: reader annoyance and irritation. … Continue reading

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Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough

Yesterday I had the pleasure of finishing off Mornings on Horseback, David McCullough’s fine biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt and his world. I looked at this book as a companion to Edmund Morris’ Theodore Rex, a biography that focused … Continue reading

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