Essays

How I Published Losing Tim Without Losing My Shirt (Barely)

September 2014

In April 2014 I published a memoir called Losing Tim by literary legend Janet Burroway. What it took to get the book into the world is this: some money, an amazing manuscript, a lot of luck, and my mother on speed dial. Published in Twin Cities Business.

Read the essay: Losing Tim


Hubert Humphrey Calls Me to Service

May 2011

Why I entered graduate school at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Published in Minnesota magazine.

Read the essay: Hubert Humphrey


Don’t You Forget About John Hughes

March 2008

At the time I didn’t think John Hughes was given the credit he deserved for his body of work. He died a year later. Glad I wrote this when I did. Published on msnbc.com.

Read the essay: John Hughes


The Perils of Waching Movies with My Mother

May 2006

Films that you really don’t want to watch with your mother. Published on msbnc.com.

Read the essay: Movies with Mom


Vince Vaughn: The Ultimate Movie Pal

February 2008

An essay about the overlooked touchy-feely side of Vince Vaughn. Published on msnbc.com

Read the essay: Vince Vaughn


In Defense of Sylvester Stallone

December 2006

Why Rocky still means so much to me so many years later (just the first movie – can’t say much about the other five). Published on msnbc.com.

Read the essay: Sylvester Stallone


An Open Letter to Woody Allen

December 2005

A look at an American master. Published on msnbc.com.

Read the essay: Woody Allen


A Beautiful Mind

May 2003

A piece I wrote about my father and his mysterious (to me) career. Published in Minnesota magazine.

Read the essay: A Beautiful Mind


Fast-Paced Paul Wellstone

November 2002

A remembrance of the senator. Published in Minnesota Law & Politics.

Read the essay: Paul Wellstone


A Boy On the Bus

January 1994

I spent one legislative session in Minnesota in 1993 as a member of the Capitol Press Corps and I wrote about it for Minnesota Law & Politics.
Read the essay: I Was Ditched by Dee Long


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