Culture

Because fewer than 6,000 miles of certified public roads and highways probe Alaska's 570,374 square miles, rivers are especially important. Alaskans' dependence on rivers for in-state travel is critical, particularly for rural residents whose road systems are at best localized and short.

Ken Marsh
If each poem in the latest issue of AQR is partly an answer to the question “What the hell is poetry, anyway?” there are six wildly unique responses from poets with a connection to Alaska. Eva Saulitis
Short looks at "Saloons, Prostitutes and Temperance in Alaska Territory" and "Charlie and the Blanket Toss."Kathleen Macknicki
Even the dog looked up as the night sky shivered green. It was magical, as if gods were taking a comb to the firmament. Out there in the dark, as the Earth was washed by solar winds, this was the first heart-level moment of Yes. Family.Brendan Jones

Country music star Brad Paisley performed at the UAA Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Paisley’s newest album is “Moonshine in the Trunk,” with the hit singles “River Bank” and “Perfect Storm.” Canadian country singer Brett Kissel opened for Paisley at the Alaska Airlines Center. Paisley has a second concert scheduled for Sunday at UAA.

Bob Hallinen
The horror spoof "Moose," made in Wasilla, may not be the greatest Alaska movie of all time, but it's probably the funniest.Mike Dunham
Last week my column discussed the 2015 State of the Bible study released by the Barna organization and the American Bible Society. When topics such as this are presented, inevitably atheists and denouncers come out challenging the Bible as a collection of myths and fairy tales.Chris Thompson
David Edgecombe and his wife, actress Elizabeth Ware, have been involved in at least 100 plays in Alaska. Now they’re going out with a bang -- or at least a bloody knife: a production of Shakespeare’s “Scottish play” directed by Edgecombe and featuring Ware in the role of Lady Macbeth.Mike Dunham
A few astute readers asked why there is no phosphorus in the lawn fertilizer they bought this year. Of course, my retort was, “Why are you buying lawn fertilizer this time of year as you can’t possibly know if you lawn needs it!?” Still, it is a good question.Jeff Lowenfels
The mystery of Alaska's Wade Hampton Census Area may be solved, but the controversy is just beginning over the area named for a slave-owning Civil War general who never came to Alaska.Lisa Demer