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Claude Peck

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Recent content from Claude Peck
Novel's Iranian characters struggle to be themselves in a repressive 'Country'

Novel's Iranian characters struggle to be themselves in a repressive 'Country'

FICTION: Salar Abdoh's characters must keep their lives secret from their own government.
Review: Inspired by diaries, 'Room' author returns with 'spellbinding' 'Learned by Heart'

Review: Inspired by diaries, 'Room' author returns with 'spellbinding' 'Learned by Heart'

FICTION: Emma Donoghue's masterwork centers on the intoxication of young love at a girls' school.
Review: 'Swim Home to the Vanished' finds a young man transformed by grief

Review: 'Swim Home to the Vanished' finds a young man transformed by grief

FICTION: A young man's quest for understanding takes him to a very fishy village.
Brandon Taylor

Review: Friends and frenemies pursue life, love and MFAs at a Midwestern university

FICTION: Brandon Taylor follows grad school novel "Real Life" with another look at the lows of higher learning.
Casey Parks

Review: 'Diary of a Misfit,' by Casey Parks

NONFICTION: A journalist chases "a good Southern tale" and discovers herself.
Hernan Diaz

Review: 'Trust,' by Hernan Diaz

FICTION: In his engrossing second novel, Hernan Diaz gives us four versions of the life of an early capitalist.
Edmund White credit Andrew Fladeboe

Review: 'A Previous Life,' by Edmund White

FICTION: A couple's twin memoirs generate more heat than light.
Nadifa Mohamed

Review: 'The Fortune Men,' by Nadifa Mohamed

The wrong man: Inside the world of a Somali sailor hanged for murder.
Cynthia Ozick

Review: 'Antiquities,' by Cynthia Ozick

FICTION: An old man tells the story of a remarkable childhood friend in Ozick's new novella.
Robert Jones Jr. photo by Alberto Vargas RainRiver

Review: 'The Prophets,' by Robert Jones Jr.

FICTION: A powerful debut novel about a forbidden union on a cotton plantation.
Charles Baxter

Review: 'The Sun Collective,' by Charles Baxter

FICTION: The prosaic and the uncanny work together in Charles Baxter's new novel.
Bryan Washington photo by Dailey Hubbard

Review: 'Memorial,' by Bryan Washington

FICTION: Bryan Washington's debut novel has a lot going for it, but his 2019 story collection is a hard act to follow.
Steven Johnson

Review: 'Enemy of All Mankind,' by Steven Johnson

NONFICTION: An adventure-filled life that feels plucked from swashbuckling fiction.
A field of corn grows in front of an old windmill in Pacific Junction, Iowa, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) ORG XMIT: IANH1

Review: 'The Scientist and the Spy,' by Mara Hvistendahl

NONFICTION: It's the FBI vs. the Chinese in Iowa farm fields. What are they seeking? High-quality seeds.
Edna O’Brien for Saturday Review.

Review: 'Girl,' by Edna O'Brien

FICTION: Kidnapped schoolgirl endures epic hardships in Africa.
Patti Smith

Review: 'Year of the Monkey,' by Patti Smith

NONFICTION: Patti Smith's road memoir starts slowly, but sharpens and builds as she goes.
This photograph taken Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Alexander City, Ala., shows the front page of the town newspaper following the slaying of Willie Max

REVIEW: 'Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee,' by Casey Cep

NONFICTION: After decades of silence, novelist Harper Lee set out to write a nonfiction book about a serial killer.
Dustin Lance Black Photo by Raul Romo

Review: 'Mama's Boy: A Story From Our Americas,' by Dustin Lance Black

NONFICTION: Oscar winner recalls childhood of hardship and abuse and seeks healing.
Oliver Sacks

Review: 'Everything in Its Place,' by Oliver Sacks

NONFICTION: A final essay collection charts the undying curiosity of a remarkable mind.
Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian, in his London office in 2005. New York Times

Review: 'Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why it Matters Now,' by Alan Rusbridger

NONFICTION: A newspaper editor surveys the recent era of remarkable change and disruption.
Colm Toibin Photo by Brigitte Lacombe

Review: 'Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know,' by Colm Tóibín

NONFICTION: Filial revolt runs through these entertaining stories by Colm Tóibín.
Gary Eldon Peter

Review: 'Oranges,' by Gary Eldon Peter

FICTION: Tales by Twin Cities writer take a revealing look at the human experience.
Alan Hollinghurst Photo by Robert Taylor Photography

Review: 'The Sparsholt Affair,' by Alan Hollinghurst

FICTION: Changes radiate from wartime Oxford to span 70 years and dozens of characters.
“Some Hell” by Patrick Nathan

Review: 'Some Hell,' by Patrick Nathan

FICTION: This debut novel by a Minneapolis writer zeroes in on a guilt-torn adolescent and his mother after a family suicide.
Armistead Maupin Photo by Christopher Turner

REVIEW: 'Logical Family' by Armistead Maupin

NONFICTION: At 72, "Tales of the City" writer Armistead Maupin takes up his own life.
Jacob Miller, 26, and Jesse Pollock-Foote, 30, walk out of Surdyk's liquor store on Sunday. "It's awesome! It's historic," Miller said.

A defiant Jim Surdyk opens for liquor sales four months early

Surdyk's issued a social-media blast Sunday morning saying the store would be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Louis Kahn in the documentary "My Architect." New Yorker Films

Review: 'You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn,' by Wendy Lesser

NONFICTION: This remarkable biography sheds light on one of the 20th century's greatest architects.
Jan and Art Larson on the balcony of their downtown Minneapolis condo.

What helps Minnesota seniors age in place? U researcher has some clues

Researcher finds it's the little things — like benches and safe crosswalks — that make life better for aging Minnesotans.
Louise Crane and Elizabeth Bishop in 1937.

REVIEW: 'Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast,' by Megan Marshall

NONFICTION: This new biography of troubled poet Elizabeth Bishop is nuanced, vivid and, at times, lacking.
A redesign adds drama to the Parker Palm Springs lobby.

Two hotels in Palm Springs offer rooms with a point of view

The remodeled Parker and the year-old Arrive have differing takes on the desert town's mystique.
A spacious new lobby is a centerpiece of the temple's addition, which also includes a preschool, new Hebrew school classrooms and a courtyard.

Temple Israel in Minneapolis gets contemporary addition for preschool, Hebrew classes and events

Young people and education are at the heart of a winning addition to Temple Israel in Minneapolis.
Dave Eggers.

Dave Eggers sends family on madcap trip in 'Heroes of the Frontier'

FICTION: In Dave Eggers' new novel, a mom and two children flee their Ohio home.
Tom Fisher, former dean of the U of M’s School of Design, has written a new book, “Designing Our Way to a Better World.”

U expert tells how 'design thinking' can solve society's big problems

While he's long been interested in the tangible, physical world around us, Tom Fisher has a new book of essays about "the design of what we cannot see."
A car is towed away from the scene after Philando Castile was fatally shot in Falcon Heights.

Aftermath of fatal Falcon Heights officer-involved shooting on video

A man identified by relatives as Philando Castile, 32, a St. Paul schools employee, died Wednesday night at HCMC. The shooting followed a traffic stop in Falcon Heights. On the video, Castile is slumped next to a woman, his T-shirt soaked with blood.
Augusten Burroughs

Review: 'Lust & Wonder,' by Augusten Burroughs

NONFICTION: Augusten Burroughs' memoir about a hapless love life lacks his usual humor.
Patti Smith's passport photo.

Review: 'M Train' by Patti Smith

NONFICTION: Patti Smith's new memoir is less linear and more interior than her "Just Kids" as it hopscotches across the decades.
Oct. 1: Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

Talking Volumes authors for 2014 include Richard Ford, Azar Nafisi

Writers coming to the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul this fall reflect a variety of topics and genres.
Miranda July

Miranda July's first novel takes quirky to new level

FICTION: Miranda July's debut novel about a middle-aged woman and her much younger lover is quirky in the extreme.
The climate-controlled skyway system in Minneapolis provides warmth for people moving from building to building.

Withering Glance: Who needs streets? We've got skyways

Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more. Today, skyways.
A line outside the Riverview.

Withering Glance: Saluting the true dream palaces

Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.   RN: Do you love the Riverview…
Review: 'Nora Webster,' by Colm Toibin

Review: 'Nora Webster,' by Colm Toibin

FICTION: When an Irish woman's husband dies, she embarks on a quiet voyage of self-discovery.
Archibald Snatcher (voiced by Ben Kingsley) leads a group of henchmen who are out to eradicate the Boxtrolls.

Message of 'Boxtrolls' is wrapped in stop-motion movie magic

REVIEW: "The Boxtrolls" is an immensely satisfying, all-ages fable packed with plot twists, adventure, humor, nobility, wrongdoing, bravado, creepiness and silliness.
Reese Witherspoon in a scene from the film, "Wild."

Twin Cities Film Fest will screen Oscar-buzz movies

The Twin Cities Film Fest (TCFF) includes "Wild," starring Reese Witherspoon, and "The Imitation Game," a big winner in Toronto.
Aretha Franklin performed at the State Fair Grandstand.

Withering Glance: Fun times at the fair (Maalox and all)

Fair highlights include Aretha Franklin at the grandstand in a feather-covered wedding gown. But the Tilt-a-Whirl and a steady diet of deep-fried delights? That does not mix well.
Paul Taylor Dance Company opens the 2014-15 season at Northrop Auditorium on Sept. 27.

Big names on tap for new Northrop dance season

The 2014-15 season unveiled Wednesday by Christine Tschida, director of Northrop, includes ballet and modern dance by nine troupes from around the world.
Oct. 4, 2013: Conductor Osmo Vänskä leads the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Orchestra board addressed romance between Vänskä and concertmaster

Osmo Vänskä 's return as music director included talks about his personal relationship with concertmaster Erin Keefe. Vänskä called the relationship a private matter, and said that he would refrain from taking part in decisions about Keefe's status with the orchestra.

Withering Glance: When Hollywood finally made a gay movie

Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.   CP: When you pleaded with me…
When you balance out cost, hassle, time and scenery, Amtrak’s Acela gives flying a run for its money on the East Coast.

On Amtrak's fast train from D.C. to N.Y.C.

The country's fastest train gets you from D.C. to New York in under three hours. And you can opt for the Quiet Car.
Wendy Lehr as Daisy Werthan and James Craven as Hoke Colburn in “Driving Miss Daisy.”

'Driving Miss Daisy' at Jungle is a star vehicle

REVIEW: Jungle Theater's "Driving Miss Daisy" puts two masterful performers — James Craven and Wendy Lehr — in the driver's seat.
Choreographer James Sewell is marking 20 years with his company.

Withering Glance finds its inner love bug

Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.   RN: Hey Mister Glass-Half-Empty, I’m guessing…
Kelsey Cramer plays Shen Te and Shui Ta in Bertolt Brecht’s “Good Woman of Setzuan,” presented by Theatre Pro Rata at Intermedia Arts.

Brecht play shows the downside of kindheartedness

REVIEW: In the parable "Good Woman of Setzuan," a prostitute discovers the pitfalls of having a kind heart in a flawed world.
Michael Henson, CEO for the Minnesota Orchestra, posed for a portrait at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis in March.

Minnesota Orchestra President Henson received bonus pay of $200,000 in year before lockout

Michael Henson, president and CEO of the Minnesota Orchestra, received $202,500 in bonus pay in 2011, boosting his total compensation that year to $619,313, according…
Pat Conroy (Nov. 12)

Talking Volumes 2013: Pat Conroy, Margaret Atwood, Rick Riordan

Big names in fiction, nonfiction and fantasy will visit the Twin Cities for the live-event book club.
"Dreadful: The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns," by David Margolick.

REVIEW: "Dreadful: The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns"

NONFICTION: A war novel brought overnight but fleeting fame to pioneering gay writer John Horne Burns.
Eve Schulte and Chris Hannon in “Lover” by James Sewell Ballet.

Three very different works show range of James Sewell Ballet

REVIEW: Live music adds zing to "Lover," a series of dances set to classic tunes of Rodgers and Hart.
Peavey Plaza is in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, located at Nicollet Mall and 11th St. S.

Peavey Plaza is listed on National Register

Groups suing Minneapolis over demolition of Peavey Plaza claimed a moral victory Thursday when the downtown Minneapolis site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in concert in Stillwater in 2011.

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra cancels more concerts

Talks in the lengthy labor dispute are terminated, and shows are scrapped through late March.
Garret Dillahunt, left, Isaac Leyva, center, and Alan Cumming in "Any Day Now."

Gay dads vs. the cold, cruel world

Review: The system conspires against two men who rescue a mentally disabled teen.
John Waters

Holiday cheer with a twist

John Waters likes a traditional Christmas, complete with a decorated electric chair.
Minnesota Orchestra president Michael Henson

Musicians vote 'no confidence' in Minnesota Orchestra president

Board counters with assurance that Michael Henson has its "full confidence."
"How to Survive a Plague."

"How to Survive a Plague": Anger over AIDS

REVIEW: A new film relives the passion and activism of ACTUP and its founders.
Junot Diaz

Fall 2012: Talking Volumes draws Pulitzer winner, more

Four well-known writers will appear at the Fitzgerald Theater this fall as part of the book-club series -- Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz (pictured), high-profile legal-affairs journalist Jeffrey Toobin, and bestselling authors Abraham Verghese and Erin Morgenstern.
"Tiny Furniture"

Movies: Reality nibbles in 'Tiny Furniture'

Lena Dunham wrote, directed and stars in her deadpan-hilarious first feature.
Christopher Isherwood, left, and Don Bachardy in "Chris & Don."

Movies: When Chris met Don

The late author Christopher Isherwood and artist Don Bachardy open their hearts in this love story.
Chuck Palahniuk goes to hell

Chuck Palahniuk goes to hell

In his 12th novel, "Fight Club" writer Chuck Palahniuk sends a chubby adolescent girl on an underworld adventure.
The front desk at Chicago's Hotel Lincoln.

Going hotel hopping in Chicago

Where to sleep during your next visit to the Windy City? Try one of these three brand-new beauties.
Bob Malos, Michael Jurenek and Muriel Bonertz in “Copenhagen.”

Friends, war and the atom bomb in 'Copenhagen'

REVIEW: The century-defining science in "Copenhagen" is grounded in a story of friends in gravest conflict.
Minnesota Opera Managing Director Kevin Raymach, center, held a bottle of champagne as staffers gathered in the office of Artistic Director Dale Johns

Minnesota's two Pulitzers something to cheer about

In typical Minnesota fashion, the jubilation was low-key at the offices of the Minnesota Opera and Graywolf Press, honored for producing Pulitzer Prize-winning work last year.
New York City Ballet Moves

Despite Northrop makeover, a full dance season is on tap

Shows will move to the Orpheum, O'Shaughnessy and Ted Mann Concert Hall.
The prominent "Portland Oregon" sign with the leaping stag is a designated city landmark, but its words have changed several times since the 1940s.

Green days in Portland, Ore.

Eco-friendly Portland has something missing in way too many U.S. cities: personality.
Truman Capote at the University of Minnesota, April 23, 1969.

NONFICTION: "Eminent Outlaws," by Christopher Bram

Bram's book connects the dots of influential gay writers in the last half of the 20th century, from Tennessee Williams to Tony Kushner.
Jonathan Franzen

Franzen's struggle for 'Freedom'

Despite the huge success of "The Corrections" in 2001, Jonathan Franzen struggled mightily to write his big new novel about a St. Paul family's highs and heartbreaks.
Lord Goring (David Beukema) and Miss Mabel Chiltern (Teresa Marie Doran) in “An Ideal Husband.”

'Husband' smart, wickedly amusing

REVIEW: A blackmailed politician is fortunate to have a best friend like Lord Goring in the Oscar Wilde comedy.
Paul Goodman in "Paul goodman Changed My life."

'Paul Goodman': The thought-bombs of a pacifist

New documentary traces the influence of radical thinker Paul Goodman, author of "Growing Up Absurd."
Frank Sonntag

Dance center director steps down abruptly

Frank Sonntag said he will leave the Cowles Center next month.