Lessons from a Wisconsin love song

This is a good day to pay attention to Nickolas Butler, of Fall Creek, Wis., near Eau Claire, who gets plenty of New York Times love today for his book, “Shotgun Lovesongs.”

“It’s essential to talk about the seasons,” he says in a video today, “and it’s important to talk about winter, which is our longest season and defines who we are. It is a season of isolation; it is a season of contemplation. For me it’s about creating art.”

It’s not a pain-in-the-neck pile of snow out there today; it’s an invitation to artistic creativity.


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