* Musing on what makes Minnesota great. I had a brief, but engaging, conversation on Wednesday with a couple of women from my writing group on what we think defines Minnesota creativity. All states produce writers, musicians, film makers, etc., but Minnesota’s creatives have a unique stamp. I think I’ve started to define it: it’s dark, but honest and real. I hope to develop an essay that explores this in more depth.
* “Frida Kahlo is Having a Moment,” New York Times. Everyone can agree that Frida Kahlo has had an enduring legacy. This article tries to explain that magic. Kahlo even appeared in one of my essays, “Bello Rostra de la Muerte.” It remains one of my favorites.