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Objects in Mirror: December 18, 2007 Archive

You may be asking yourself the same thing

Posted at 8:39 AM on December 18, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

Coverage headline and a pair of blog titles from the perhaps-you're-wondering file:

* Does cashing out mean selling out? (Marketplace)
* So what's the deal with In The Loop, anyway? (The Loophole blog)
* Why no Huckaboom in Minnesota? (Polinaut)

Volunteer to review "Remembering the Good War: Minnesota's Greatest Generation"

Posted at 12:19 PM on December 18, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

I have a paperback copy of "Remembering the Good War: Minnesota's Greatest Generation" by Thomas Saylor on my desk, and I'm looking for a reviewer. E-mail me to volunteer! You get the book, and I ask that you commit to read and publish your review on MPR's Minnesota discussion groups at Gather.com. I'll send you the (free) copy via the United States Postal Service.

Fine print:
* You can publish under a Gather user name but we need your legal name & mailing address.
* No paid compensation. You do get to keep the book and any Gather points of course.
* I'll coordinate other details such as timing and cross-publishing with you.

Vikings win!

Posted at 1:48 PM on December 18, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

I'll confess to secretly loving sports writing. Like poetry translated from its original language, sports coverage has all sorts of strange cultural references and unexpected turns of phrase. Everything sounds so pretty if you can't understand the brutality of what actually happened! The wild use of verbs is invigorating, too.

At any rate, I noticed this feed headline: "Vikings win ugly to stay in playoff hunt"

*Polite cough* Unsure what to make of that, I checked with MPR's Tom Scheck (he knows more than politics, my friends) to assess my interpretation. From that strange headline I deduced:

1) The Minnesota Vikings won a game.
2) It wasn't a graceful game.
3) The Vikings still have a chance to choke in the playoffs.

Scheck's reply cracked me up. He confirmed that yes, they won an ugly game, and "they still have a chance to choke and NOT make the playoffs." Guess that means they have more opportunity than I originally gave them!

Fortunately, later today William Wilcoxen covered the story with a more casual-fan-friendly headline: "Vikings win to stay in playoff hunt."

Keep tabs on our Life collection, and don't hesitate to discuss Minnesota Life.

Transcript of online chat with Tom Brokaw

Posted at 2:45 PM on December 18, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

While I missed the online chat with Tom Brokaw, I caught the transcript. (Gather.com)

Not being there LIVE doesn't mean it was any less entertaining or interesting. Highlights included a question about Kris Kristofferson, Brokaw mentioning that he's recovering from writing about the '60s, and how we're not able to resolve the debate about when to go to war and why.

But my favorite quote from Brokaw had to be his response to whether or not he'd consider writing fiction:

"No. I think there's - for me - more drama, more suspense, and more narrative in non-fiction. For me."

Glancing at our own homepage, I can't disagree with him.

From the MPR archives: Brokaw struggles to sum up the '60s

Is the album dead?

Posted at 3:47 PM on December 18, 2007 by Julia Schrenkler

Last week DJ Mark Wheat wondered if Led Zeppelin was the greatest band ever and of course people had a few things to say about that. This week Wheat's wondering aloud again. Is the album dead? Some excerpts from various replies:

"Hmm... I hope it isn't dead quite yet."

"I hate to think that the album format will die out but my kid's generation (early 20's ) have gone the way of downloading songs they hear instead of buying full length CDs anymore..."

"When the album dies, my relationship with music as a consumer will most likely die with it."

"I don't think the album is going extinct anytime soon. At least, I hope not. I understand that a band today can make an impact with just a single."

"I hope it's not dead. I find when I download a song, even an album, that it doesn't resonate nearly as deeply as when I have the physical product."

Weigh in and tell Wheat whether or not the album is dead.

Oh, and wondering if Led Zeppelin is the greatest band ever? After reading, counting, and considering all the comments, Wheat posted results.

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