Stories about stories

Sometimes there isn’t enough room nor time to tell the whole story. Dispatches is the stories about the stories.


A University of Minnesota Student gets 15 minutes of un-welcomed fame

By Kaitlyn Walsh. Gunnar Dancer, photo via Picasa. Thousands of Egyptians took over Tahrir Square on January 25, 2011 in hopes of striking down President Hosni Mubarak and his repressive regime. Demonstrators tweeted and posted pictures from the front lines, feeding the world live updates as the conflict raged on the ground. But there’s nothing …

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Cenozoic in the City

By Courtney Reigh. It’s dinner time in Northeast Minneapolis. But you’re not just any Minneapolitan – you’re on the Paleolithic diet. While the Paleo diet isn’t easy, you CAN eat out. And you should. The Bulldog: If you’re tempted by beer and fried foods, steer clear. But if you navigate the menu carefully and make …

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Eating, Some Years Abroad and the Francophone Pace

By Stephanie Audette Fresh produce in Saint-Paul de Vence, all photos by Stephanie Audette. Following an overseas job offer, my parents made the decision to move our family of four across the Atlantic Ocean; from that point on I had a broadened sense of the world beyond the lakes of Minnesota. As a kid growing …

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National Day of Unplugging

By Ashley Aram. For those of you dying to pull the proverbial (and literal) plug on life’s technology overload, you are not alone. This past March, a creative project called the Sabbath Manifesto led the National Day of Unplugging, where people pledged on and subsequently detached themselves from technology for 24 hours. This day …

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Pining for Nostalgia

By Mike Munzenrider. Instagram photo by Mike Munzenrider, in which he remembers the Ides of March, 2012. I had high hopes when I set out to write an essay about nostalgia, high brow hopes. Though I’d been assigned to read Proust’s Swann’s Way as a freshman and never got further than 100 pages into it, …

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The Longest Bard: How a writer made it from his desk to the inside of a prison

By Jesse Mandell-McClinton. The first step I took towards landing an interview with an inmate was learning about the environment I was headed into. Obviously a prison atmosphere can only be sniffed at with words and images, but these two articles from The New Yorker and Esquire gave me a couple decent looks into modern …

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The Slow Process of Slow Food Writing

By Melanie Williams. Photo and sign by Melanie Williams. I’ll admit it: I think food writers are brilliant. I almost feel guilty letting that slip, because, as a journalist who usually writes about hard-hitting political and social issues, I feel like I should be commending New York Times columnists or war reporters. Really though, I …

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