Literatest. That’s us. Minneapolis surpassed Seattle as America’s most literate city, according to new research by Central Connecticut State University president, Jack Miller. St. Paul comes in third in the study based on factors including newspaper circulation, internet access, and the number of bookstores, publishers and libraries.
Balm for democracy. Aftershave, too. Greg.org highlights “1600 for Men,” a line of “Exclusive Fine Toiletries” 15% of the products’ sales go to charities and families of Secret Service personnel. According to the marketing copy, “1600 for Men signature scent is crisp, cool and masculine created for ‘The Man’ of the house.” (Pictured: “Power Muscle Soak,” 16 oz. size.)
mnartists.org wants your music: The state’s top online arts community announces the launch of mnSpin, a new “quarterly music contest featuring Minnesota musicians with winning tracks selected by panelists from the music industry.” Samples are due January 11, giving Doomtree writer/rapper Dessa, Minnesota Public Radio’s Chris Roberts, and Compass Productions A&R coordinator Kate Galloway little time to make selections for the first weekly edition, three songs of which will be showcased on mnartists.org and at the website of mnSpin sponsor Summit Brewery, as well as a compilation CD at the end of ’08.
Gondry Rewound: Remember that YouTube video, “Michel Gondry Solves a Rubik’s Cube With His Feet“? Wired reveals that Gondry created it by filming himself scrambling a perfect cube, then scrambling it with his feet — and running the footage backwards to create the illusion of pedidexterity… not entirely unlike his newest film, Be Kind, Rewind.