Fine dining in the heart of the prairie

If you drive out of Grinnell heading east on Highway 6, 25 miles later you’ll come upon Ladora. It would be easy to pass through this town of 287 people without much of a pause—right past the tightly clustered rows of houses, the boarded up main street, the non-descript city hall and fire station, and the Ladora Stora gas station— if it weren’t for the majestic old Ladora Savings Bank Bistro right in the middle of it.

Slave Narratives

“Before coming to that part of my life, where I was enabled by the kind mercy of God, to throw off forever those dreadful chains which kept my soul in heathenish ignorance, and my body in constant torture, I will describe a slave wedding, of which I was an eye-witness.”— from the unpublished slave narrative…

Shaun, Ed battle dead

By Colin Carr The screenplay for “Shaun of the Dead,” written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, accomplishes the delicate balancing act of making wry and absurdist comedy work in the context of an explicit zombie bloodbath. Part of the project’s excitement stems from the realization that these polar genre extremes actually synthesize with a…

RJD2 coming to you

By Max Calenberg RJD2? Huh? ‘Nah, I never really liked Star Wars.’ ‘Ohhh, oh yeah, I think I’ve heard of them, they had that song on that T.V. commercial, with the humming and the horns, right?’ Stop. Turntablists/Producers and their albums are a branch of hip-hop not often climbed by the casual listener. Outputs range…

Student-athletes run ‘R-word’ campaign

The “Spread the Word to End the Word” movement, a national push to eliminate the derogatory use of the word ‘retard’, came to Grinnell this month. The entire athletic department participated in the R-Word campaign, in response to a challenge from the commissioner of the Midwest Conference (MWC) to rally support for the cause. “We…