Several ongoing chunky essay series about my obsessions: art, literature, music, my relationship to Lake Superior, the secret history of Duluth, and other stuff. I keep this updated. New installments appear roughly monthly as part of PDD’s “Saturday Essay” feature, with more I post myself.
My Favorite Writers/Biggest Influences
Avant-Garde Women of the Dadaist-Surrealist-Letterist-Situationist Era
Eliane Brau: The Invisible Icon. The Shakespearean Tragedy of Peggy and Pegeen Guggenheim. Michele Bernstein: Queen of the Situationists. Sophie Taeuber, Founding Dadaist. The Hundred-Jointed Dancer and the Laban Ladies.
Indy-Rock Guitar Goddess She-roes
The Adventures of Lake Superior Aquaman
Freediving the Edmund Fitzgerald. Nautical Milestone for the Duluth Autonomous Navy. AP: Lake Superior Bull Shark Eradicated by Duluth Autonomous Navy. Sharkgate: the Lake Superior Bull Shark Conspiracy. On the Recent Ice Angler Rescue. My 100% True Adventures. My Origin Story. Acceptance Speech: Mayor of Snow-Fort City. Iceberg Ride One Year Ago Today “Do Not Attempt”. The Duluth Psychedelic Sermon. Planetary Distress Call Recorded by UMD Observatory. Lake Superior Eats Lesser Bodies of Water for Breakfast. PDD Headshot Backstory. The Winter of My Discontent: Lake Superior Wild Ice Report 2021-2022. Stock Lake Superior with Seals and Orca Whales: A Modest Proposal.
The Secret History of Duluth, Minnesota
The 2005 Duluth Art Institute Riot. Apple Man: Duluth’s Depression-Era Action Hero. World’s Longest Comments Thread. The Floating Island of Fremont, Duluth’s Breakaway Township. Lake Inferior: The Underground Lake Beneath Lake Superior. The Janus, Ghost Ship of Lake Superior. Duluth, Minnesota and the Lost Confederate Gold. Lake Superior Sea Monster: Three Fatal Encounters. Glensheen Denies Occult Rituals of Disgraced Congdon Nephew. Occultists Deny “Glensheen Denies Occult Rituals” Story. Bob Dylan’s Last Hit. The SuperiorLab-Marquette Disaster. The Alworth Incident. Plutonium Loves. The Institute for the Study of Light and Water. Zeppelins Over Duluth. Also: Ghosts of the French River: The Book (with Erin Sola).
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Jim Richardson
Convivial Memories of an Epicurean Hedonist Con Mucho Gusto. Schrodinger’s Beer: A Refutation of Quantum Physics From the Duluth Bar Scene. Dreams and Themes. For Father’s Day I Denounce My White Confederate Heritage (Related: my interview with Robin Washington about the essay). I Demand a Lakewalk. I Don’t Want to See Another Naked Woman As Long As I Live. N is for Nostalgia: Peak Bradbury. Project SULTAN: A 13-Year-Old’s Plan to Take Over the World. A Weird Experience Writing About Great Lakes Shipwrecks. The “Sorry” Bowl.
PDD Select Gems of 2019: #3
PDD Most-Read Essays of 2020: #2 and #3
PDD Most-Read Essays of 2021: The top five. I told PDD Editor Paul Lundgren I wanted to sweep the most-read 2021 essays and then I did so, my Babe Ruth moment although here Paul likens me more to Muhammad Ali: “Never before has one author landed more than two works on Perfect Duluth Day’s list of the top-five most read Saturday Essays. And now, like some literary Muhammad Ali, Jim Richardson landed not three, not four, but all five. Total domination. He also had the sixth-most-read essay of the year, just to rub his popularity in the noses of every other writer in town.”
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