The Frost Giants: A New UND Nickname?

The Sioux nickname issue is over for the University of North Dakota, but it has left UND without a nickname and a mascot. Last week, UND grad Lisa Monte wrote a letter to the Grand Forks Herald suggesting a new nom de game: The Frost Giants. That’s pretty clever, actually–it’s right out of Norse myth.…
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Book Review: A Drowned Maiden’s Hair

Laura Amy Schlitz has written a fantastic book, though I’m honestly not sure what makes “A Drowned Maiden’s Hair” a “young adult” book. I suppose the story of slightly-bratty, lonely Maud, an impoverished orphan taken in by a trio of mysterious old ladies is a tale that has no sex, little if any swearing and…
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The New Oz Movie

Well, after 28 years they’ve finally come out with a new Oz movie, and the critics already seem to be jumping all over it with hobnailed boots. Fair enough. I haven’t seen it yet, so I have no idea whether it’s any good. What I do question is the critics’ seeming universal claim that the…
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There Are Donut Cops?

There are donut cops. This is a thing which actually exists. Had I realized this earlier on in my life, I may have chosen a different career track, although I’m not sure my blood pressure would’ve thanked me for it. I have a wide assortment of other links that may or may not be of…
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The Hunger For Death

Would you pay to watch 24 children kill each other? I did, this weekend, when I bought a ticket to “The Hunger Games,” which is playing at our local theater in Jamestown. Now obviously no children were actually killed to make the movie, but the movie, and the book it was based on, ask some…
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