Record Store Day at Ragged

Bob Herington is a cool dude with a cool job and cool glasses. He’s like a much better version of John Cusack in High Fidelity. Like, you actually want to spend time with him and never get the urge to kick him in the liver. Bob’s already proven his good musical taste many times over, so you…

Kweku Collins is Coming to Save Us

In a fog of existential collapse, Kweku Collins is a beacon. He’s a good artist to find when you’ve been beaten down so hard by loss, pain, and despair that you can hardly move. He’ll get you to move – whether it’s through dance, creative inspiration, or just enough psychic energy for you to take one more blind swipe at joy.

Case in point: the title of this post. It makes the corner of my mouth turn up just a bit, and I’d hope a lyrically inventive rapper – with an experimental streak – like Collins would appreciate it.

Lavender Daughter’s Moline Club Baptism

On Sunday night, I texted my best friend: “I’m lost in an abandoned country club, and I just found keg half-full of beer.” Because I like to send her tidbits from my life with little to no context. There were a couple of things wrong with the text, though – excluding the fact that, yes,…

Call Me Hillbilly Punk

Just finished writing the narration for some video ads for this awesome festival in Richland Center, Wisconsin called Center Color Fest. Sadly, the festival for this year has already passed, but these videos are to promote next year. Richland Center is quickly becoming one of my favorite Wisconsin towns. In addition to the Color Fest…

Thanksgiving Comedown at Jim’s Rib Haven

Thanksgiving. Holy hell. Carb overload. Meat sweats. Pants that no longer fit. You’d think after an enormous meal and a day of leftovers, no one would want to even look at still more meat and potatoes. In deference to our out-of-town visitors, however, we rolled up our sleeves one last time on Saturday night and…

The Hancher Teardown

In 2008, the Iowa River flooded Iowa City. This was nothing new – the University of Iowa has had to evacuate some of its classrooms and dormitories many times over the years – but this flood turned out to be so bad that it was called “Iowa’s Katrina.” It has its own Wikipedia page. The…

October 1st: The Biggest Day So Far This October

Hello, Mr(s). National Security Agent! Are you filling out your Obamacare paperwork while you celebrate the first day of the NHL season? On a personal note: my credit card expired today! Take that, identity thieves! Now try to steal the money I don’t have. One yet another personal note: This is the first day of the…

The Arrivant

Yes, I am here. Sweet home Chicago. It’s a weird city. Most of it doesn’t even feel like a city, but that’s not what makes it weird. It’s the people that make it weird. Example: My second night living in North Center, I was standing outside the bar across from my place. I had to…

Twisted

Some one has used my debit card to make purchases at Wal-Mart. I have decided to track this person down and make them dead. I am hoping to get this on video tape. I applied to the last school on my list, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They sent me a giant…

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Creative CV for M. N. Hanson. To learn more, visit sister sites @mnhanson and Data and Lore, LLC. Education and Training MFA – Writing, 2012, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL BA – English, Cinema and Comparative Literature, 2009, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA Irish Writing Program, 2008, Dublin, Ireland…