Thanks to Naomi Beckwith for her series of clever and perceptive posts. Up next is Paul Schmelzer. Paul is a Minneapolis-based writer and editor focusing on the intersection of art, media, and politics. Author of the blog Eyeteeth: A Journal of Incisive Ideas, he was editor of the Walker Art Center magazine for nearly ten years and founding editor of the Walker blogs. He’s now editor of the nonprofit news site, the Minnesota Independent, and managed its nationally recognized coverage of protests at this fall’s Republican National Convention in St. Paul. A past editor at Adbusters magazine, his interviews with artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, activist Winona LaDuke, and architect Cameron Sinclair appear in the book Land, Art: A Cultural Ecology Handbook (Royal Society of the Arts). His freelance writing has appeared in publications and on sites including Alternet, City Pages, Ode, The Progressive, Utne Reader, Raw Vision and Worldchanging.com. His project Signifier, Signed–in which he asked celebrities including Yoko Ono, Matthew Barney, James Brown and Studs Terkel to sign not an autograph, but his name—was excerpted in Cabinet magazine.
New guest blogger: Paul Schmelzer