Month: February 2017

New Walt Whitman Novel

We’d be remiss here at NDQ if we didn’t point our readers (or at least the few readers who haven’t already heard the news) in the direction of the new Walt Whitman novel, The Life and Adventures of Jack Engle: An Auto-Biography. The new work was discovered by Zachary Turpin,

Short Take: The President Calling

Sharon Carson This week NDQ is very pleased to give a nod to our neighbors at Minnesota Public Radio,  specifically to producers Stephen Smith and Kate Ellis of American RadioWorks/American Public Media Reports for their fascinating documentary “White House Tapes: The President Calling,”  which aired over the Presidents Day holiday

Prairie Grass Ballet: A Grassland Cento

Elizabeth Hellstern (Inscribed in the granite base of the “Prairie Grass Ballet” sculpture in The Arts Center’s Hansen Arts Park, Jamestown, ND) Somewhere below the sky highways is one of those lost places in which I have found myself. If you’re not from the prairie you can’t know such simple

Politics as Performance Art: Thomas McGrath’s Statement to the HUAC

Sharon Carson Thomas McGrath appeared before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) in 1953, refusing to cooperate and instead making the remarkable statement which we are pleased to reprint here. McGrath spoke “in the first place, as a teacher,” and he lost his contract at Los Angeles State College

Picking the President in Paper

I’m happy to announce that Eric Burin’s Picking the President: Understanding the Electoral College which was produced by The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota and North Dakota Quarterly, is now available in glorious, durable paper from It’s $8. That’s less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks or a six-pack

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