In Bob Dylan's hometown, an awkward embrace of it Nobel son
On the morning the Nobel Prize folks awarded Bob Dylan, formerly Bob Zimmerman, a Literature prize, I headed to his hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota. After meeting one of Bob's old high school friends and bandmates, I filed this report for Reuters.
Dirty. Loud. Male. Those are the three words I often choose to describe what life is like in western North Dakota’s oil patch. Grease and invert stick to clothes and men’s faces like flies on cattle on a scorching August afternoon. On gravel roads, tankers on their way to oil wells kick up blizzard-like plumes of dust. Drilling wells groan and grind as drill bits dig deep into the earth. Massive trucks carrying trailers, pipes, hay bales, giant barrels — pretty much everything — rumble and screech on narrow two-lane highways. And men? They’re pretty much everywhere. They wear fire-retardant jump suits and climb down from their rigs in search of man-food and conversation. They drive pickups with macho one-liners like “I Came For the Cash ‘Cause I’m Oil Field Trash.” When they see a woman working at a café or truck stop, their eyes light up. They chat. They flirt. Sometimes they’re crude and gross. Newcomers joke about being promised a woman behind every tree. The punch line: In
No Brother of Mine The one-hour radio documentary “No Brother of Mine” offers an unflinching look at U.S. sex offender policy that reaches beyond the headlines and into the lives of real people. Reported over four years by award-winning independent producers Todd Melby and Diane Richard of 2 below zero , this hour-long documentary combines audio-rich storytelling that puts the listener in the scene with expert interviews that lend perspective and propel the narrative forward. It provides a nuanced examination of issues surrounding federal online registration laws, residency restrictions, Romeo and Juliet laws and the growing use of civil commitment.
The Drunk Projectionist is my newish film podcast. I interview directors, actors, preservationists and others about their work. Early episodes (seven so far!) have focused on Charles Burnett, Barbara Kopple, Frederick Wiseman, the restoration of a new version of the French silent film Napoleon and more. This is very much a passion project and would love for you to sample, subscribe and share.