This is a good day to pay attention to Nickolas Butler, of Fall Creek, Wis., near Eau Claire, who gets plenty of New York Times love today for his book, “Shotgun Lovesongs.”
“It’s essential to talk about the seasons,” he says in a video today, “and it’s important to talk about winter, which is our longest season and defines who we are. It is a season of isolation; it is a season of contemplation. For me it’s about creating art.”
It’s not a pain-in-the-neck pile of snow out there today; it’s an invitation to artistic creativity.
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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