Mike Magnuson

The New Trump Kids on the Block

I like Bernie Sanders and you like Donald Trump, can we be neighbors? In Wisconsin? Mike Magnuson examines some local history and tries hard to answer these questions.   I’ll give this much credit to the new neighbors in the Trump house: their vehicles are not only American-made but represent a diversity of the major American automobile ... Read the full article
Mike Magnuson

Mike Magnuson is the author of two novels, The Right Man for the Job and The Fire Gospels; two memoirs, Lummox: The Evolution of a Man and Heft on Wheels: A Field Guide to Doing a 180; and book of cycling humor, Bike Tribes: A Field Guide to North American Cyclists. His short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Salon, Esquire, Gentleman’s Quarterly, The Massachusetts Review, Men’s Health, Backpacker, Popular Mechanics, and other publications, and he has written many features for Bicycling magazine. He lives in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he is finishing a novel about the 1944 Tour of Flanders. He also teaches prose writing in Pacific University’s Brief-Residency MFA Program in Forest Grove, Oregon.

The Big Smoke’s Ultimate Feels Playlist: Heartbreak, Heartache, Breakups, and Sass

Have a broken heart? Been betrayed? The Big Smoke counts down the 21 best songs to help heal a broken heart whatever stage you are at. (No Taylor Swift or Adele here.)

Notes from The Hole

In 2015, Curtis Dawkins spent 40 days and 40 nights in “The Hole” during which time he received and read a novel (authored by Kimberly Knutsen, his former partner) that contains a fictionalized account of their life together. Below is the letter Dawkins sent Knutsen after reading it.

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