Writers are both incredibly arrogant and insecure simultaneously, and those two things are so close, really. – William T. Vollmann
Brett Ortler is a writer and editor from the Twin Cities. His essays and poetry have appeared in Salon, The Nervous Breakdown, Revolver, among other literary magazines and publications. He is also the author of several non-fiction books, including Minnesota “Believe It or Not” History, A Beginner’s Guide to Ship Watching on the Great Lakes, and Minnesota Trivia Don’tcha Know!
Weather is the first thing we learn to exaggerate, and in Minnesota, we’re guiltier than most. Without irony, we refer to ourselves as the North Country, though the state is only halfway to the North Pole.