March 28, 2019
Garrison Keillor heads to Steele County for a solo performance to benefit the Historical Society. 7:30 p.m.
February 24, 2019
“Old Friends” Garrison Keillor, Christine DiGiallonardo, Richard Dworsky reunite at Crooners. Shows at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Fergus Falls, MN
February 23, 2019
“Old Friends” Garrison Keillor, Christine DiGiallonardo, Richard Dworsky reunite at A Center for the Arts. 7:30 p.m.
Detroit Lakes, MN
February 22, 2019
“Old Friends” Garrison Keillor, Christine DiGiallonardo, Richard Dworsky reunite at Historic Holmes Theatre. 7:30 p.m.
St. Cloud, MN
February 21, 2019
“Old Friends” Garrison Keillor, Christine DiGiallonardo, Richard Dworsky reunite at Pioneer Place on Fifth. 7:30 p.m.
In Its Time
by Ellie Schoenfeld
In its time all things will be revealed
but revealed to whom?
In its time the Model-T was a great car
and it still is
but for different reasons.
In its time the lion will lay down with the lamb
but what will they dream about?
In its time the baby will be thrown out
with the bathwater
and will be very pruney,
grateful for a towel.
In its time the kitchen will be filled
with the bounteous smells
of supper in the oven.
In its time the dishes will be done.
Two plus two equal four
but someday they will equal five.
In its time justice will be served
with rolls and mashed potatoes.
“In Its Time” by Ellie Schoenfeld from The Dark Honey: New and Used Poems. © Clover Valley Press, 2009. Reprinted with permission. (buy now)
On this day in 1965 Malcolm X was killed at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem where he was about to speak. His assassins were members of the Nation of Islam, a faith he’d embraced and then rejected. Three weeks after his assassination, the publisher Doubleday canceled its contract to publish the book out of fear for the safety of its employees. It was published by Grove Press later that year and it has sold millions of copies in many languages.
He came to the United States, and he stayed. He wrote Under the Red Flag (1997), A Map of Betrayal (2014), and The Distant Center (2016). His latest work, The Banished Immortal: A Life of Li Bai (2019), came out last month. He was unable to return to China for the past 30+ years due to a petition that he signed demanding democratic changes in China.
The most influential political pamphlet of all time was first published on this day in 1848: The Communist Manifesto, written by Marx and Engels.
The Revolutions of 1848 were about to sweep across Europe and most of the ideas in the Manifesto were brainstormed over the course of a week and a half in a room above an English pub called the Red Lion, in the Soho district of London.
“The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.”
They called for the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions: “Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workers of the world, unite!”
No one really paid attention to the manifesto until the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 in St. Petersburg, Russia. By 1950, after the Chinese Revolution of 1949, half of the people on earth lived under Marxist governments.
The first issue of The New Yorker was published on this date in 1925 with Eustace Tilley in a top hat on the cover, looking down his nose at a butterfly. The editor Harold Ross said, “[I]t is not edited for the old lady in Dubuque.” In the second issue, editors published an apology for the first: “There didn’t seem to be much indication of purpose and we felt sort of naked in our apparent aimlessness.” Circulation dropped to 12,000 by fall, but then it started to turn around, helped along by the hiring of E. B. White and James Thurber, who came aboard the following year.
It’s the birthday of Chuck Palahniuk (books by this author), born in Burbank, Washington (1962). He is the author of Fight Club (1996), about men who get in brutal fights as recreation, just for the experience.
It’s the birthday of Anaïs Nin (books by this author), born in Neuilly, France (1903), She studied psychoanalysis and wrote in literary obscurity for most of her life, until her diaries began to be published in 1966.
Anaïs Nin said, “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.”
And: “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”