Cultural Continuum 7-20-18

Jul 20, 2018

E Pluribus Unum, out of many, one—the motto of the United States. So, how does that get applied to art?

Ode: Memoirs of a gay nerd

Jul 18, 2018
Mike Goll
Ally Karsyn

Underoos: the underwear that’s fun to wear! Back in the ‘80s these were the thing to have. Nothing would have given me more nerd cred than having Batman on my butt.

Mix Tape Dance Party: Play Back 7/16/18

Jul 17, 2018

We call this week's Mix Tape Dance Party our OCD  episode since the music's so good, you want to hear it over and over again. We'll be hearing from The Struts, The Wrecks and the Naked and Famous, among others.

Today I am recommending Genuine Fraud—a fast-paced Young Adult novel by author Emily Jenkins, writing under the pen name, E. Lockhart. 

Don't remember where I heard it, but the conversation wasn't directed at me.  I must have been sitting somewhere among a whole group of people when I overheard a mom telling someone else about her boy, how he was really into his own music, how he was in three or four bands and had already produced his own CDs, how he was going to make music his career, wanted to be a singer/songwriter.

Sure, I thought. He and a half million others. Maybe more.

"That's all he lives for these days," she was saying, or something to that effect. She was proud of him, and I was cynical.

This is Barb Gross with the Sioux City Public Library and you're listening to Check It Out.  Today I'm recommending Ordinary Grace, the 2014 Edgar Award-winning novel by Minnesota writer William Kent Krueger. Although Krueger is primarily known for his mystery writing, Ordinary Grace is a compelling blend of mystery and literary fiction. The prose is clean and soaring in passages and the story digs deep into themes of love and loss, redemption and grace. A middle-aged Frank Drum who serves as the book's narrator looks back on the Summer of 1961 in New Bremen, Minnesota.

Ten O'Clock Blues 7.14.18

Jul 14, 2018

Whatever FEST 2

Jul 13, 2018