In recent months, I have learned quite a few interesting facts about the Twin Cities that I thought I'd share with y'all.
1. Prince was from Minneapolis. Born and raised!
2. So was F. Scott Fitzgerald, who wrote The Great Gatsby. The house he grew up in is not ten minutes away (walking distance) from my apartment.
3. As well as Charles M. Schulz, the creator of the Peanuts comic strip. There are life-sized Peanuts characters all over the Twin Cities.
4. Garrison Keillor (of Prairie Home Companion) also lives not ten minutes away from me. Not only that, he owns a small bookstore by the name of "Common Good Books," about a block from where I live. You know how I know it's a great bookstore? That was where I found Sagmeister's Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far. There are also a lot of independently published books, some with alternative bindings.
5. Nina's, the amazing little coffee shop above the bookstore, is named after the most famous madam in the history of the Twin Cities. Nina Clifford ran a brothel in the early 1900's that connected to the Minnesota Club, a club for the city's founders and "fine men," most of which lived right in my neighborhood.
I love my neighborhood.