Issue 346


Who’s To Blame for Addiction?

Regarding gay men and addiction [Paul Varnell, “The Cutting Edge, Lavender , August 15]:

To some extent, the victim should be blamed.

I would guess many addictions begin with the urge to live in above-average reality. Some recreational drugs give users that double extra kick that allows them to at least imagine they are surpassing previous experience. So, meth is chosen for its desired effects.

Addiction isn’t an accident. We choose to drink—a lot or a little—depending on the effect we desire to have. Uppers, downers, hallucinogens—whatever it takes. Future addicts gravitate to the drug that will produce the desired effect.

On the recovery side of addiction, the addict finds another pot of gold: the instant community of everyone who is in the same recovering boat.

To some extent, cultural norms are also to blame. Lots and lots of people who will never touch a recreational drug are in mad pursuit of goals, which are just as irrational as using meth.

Mike Janarch

North Minneapolis Charms

This is a great article [Chris Jackson, “ The Birth of a Gaytion,” Lavender, August 15].

As a resident of the Victory neighborhood for seven years, I have seen many improvements in the whole of North Minneapolis. There are many things to do up here that were not here five years ago. We have Northside arts organizations, a theater, several galleries, community gardens, and great youth activities.

To those who think the Northside is too scary to visit, I make a challenge. Try Sauced, Papa’s Pizza and Pasta, or Emily’s. Go to the Workhouse Theatre Company’s plays, or see an exhibit or visit the weekly Farmer’s Market at The Warren. You will be charmed, I am sure.

Duane Atter
Managing Director
The Warren
Northwest Minneapolis Business Association

Bartender Spotlight

Photo by George Holdgrafer


Klondike Bar
1 part Frangelico
1 part Rumple Minze
Splash of cream

Thursday (Minneapolis Eagle)
Saturday (Bolt Underground)


Minneapolis Eagle/Bolt
515 & 513 Washington Ave. S., Mpls.
(612) 338-4214/(612) 338-0896

“It’s a great atmosphere, with the best happy hours—especially 3-4-1’s Fridays.”

Editorial Cartoon

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Tawnja’s Treasures: Blinding Lights Forgive Any Fashion Blunder…Almost

On The Runway Section

Yes, Minnesota Babies, it’s State Fair time—or the kickoff of my 43rd year on our planet. I am blessed with two claims to fame: I am the same age as the Super Bowl; and my birthday coincides with the yearly launch date of our Great Minnesota Get-Together. Ah, the State Fair—our yearly escapade into the artery-clogging eat-fest and ale-fest, as well as all-around charming and precious family adventure. Read the rest of this entry »

A Timeless Wonder

On The Runway Section

Hot picks from MOA® Trend Specialist Sara Rogers Read the rest of this entry »

LibertaRian Party

Y’all know that line from Auntie Mame, right?—“Life is a banquet, and most poor bastards are starving to death.” Well, that mind-set applies to more than big, old-fashioned Hollywood movies. Take, for example, the food fight that is American politics. While we’re on the topic of politics, let’s take a look at some of the alternate choices on the menu, starting with the Libertarian Party. Read the rest of this entry »

Republican National Convention Takes Over St. Paul

Labor Day Week, September 1-4, at the Xcel Center in St. Paul, the Republican National Convention (RNC) takes place in Minnesota for only the second time in its history, and the first in more than a hundred years. Read the rest of this entry »

On the Townsend

Psychosis 4:48
Through Sept. 7
The Soap Factory
110 5th Ave. S., Mpls.
(612) 227-1188

On the heels of its wonderful staging of the terrific trans play Standards of Care, bold and smart 20% Theatre Company plumbs the surreal Psychosis 4:48, Sarah Kane’s descent into psychological hell. But how is the troupe approaching this, the playwright’s last work, after which she committed suicide? Read the rest of this entry »

On the Record

Stay Positive
Hold Steady

One way to test a new album is to put it in the car stereo, then see how long you listen to it on your daily commutes and regular local errand-running. Depending on traffic and tolerance, I may last a single listening at best. The new Hold Steady album lasted the better part of a week, only ejecting when I started writing this review. Read the rest of this entry »

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