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Isthmus Indie Awards 2014: Sandi Torkildson of A Room of One's Own

For Sandi Torkildson, being a successful retailer is above all about creating a sense of community. And that is one thing that traditional stores still have over online outfits, says Torkildson, the longtime owner of A Room of One's Own bookstore >More
 Madison's web celebs

The Internet has provided fertile ground for Madison's creative class for more than a decade. No longer limited by geography or traditional gatekeepers, local people are cultivating opportunities that simply didn't exist in the pre-digital world, especially opportunities to become celebrities of sorts. >More
 Madison's web celebs: The impressionist: Jason Stephens

In some cases, entertainers and entrepreneurs circumvent traditional paths to fame out of necessity. I know from personal experience at WTDY that the local radio industry is struggling to find its place in a broadening media landscape. Increasingly, seasoned radio professionals aren't being replaced. Their positions are simply being eliminated. >More
 Madison's web celebs: The podcaster: Mike Duncan

The Roman Empire fell more than 1,500 years ago, long before the Internet existed. Interestingly, its demise created a path to contemporary stardom for Madison resident Mike Duncan, creator and host of an award-winning podcast called The History of Rome. >More
 Madison's web celebs: The blogger: Gabrielle Pedriani

UW alum and self-described fashion nerd Gabrielle Pedriani has also made a name for herself on the Internet. Her Look Sharp, Sconnie blog started making waves when it won Marie Claire magazine's nationwide #SoGoodFashion Twitter challenge in 2012. >More
 Madison's web celebs: The actor: J.D. Walsh

After falling in love with the stage at Madison West High School in the early 1990s, J.D. Walsh did what many ambitious creative types did before the almighty Internet cast its web worldwide. He headed to a coast. >More
 Madison's web celebs: The retailer: Natalie Bass

Internet fame isn't just for writers, scholars and entertainers. The web's ability to make minor celebrities out of ordinary folks is strengthening more traditional types of businesses. Graphic artist turned clothing designer Natalie Bass laid the foundation for her Monroe Street shop Zip-Dang with her online store Orangyporangy. >More
 America's worst politicians

King George III was "a tyrant... unfit to be the ruler of a free people," Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence exactly 238 years ago this week. Tommy had it right. Ever since then, Americans have been calling out their leaders. >More
 Why I work with Republicans: Mark Pocan is determined to get things done in Congress

On an overcast April afternoon, Mark Pocan fields questions in the council chambers of Reedsburg's city hall. The group is small, barely more than a dozen. It skews decidedly older, with most easily over 60. It makes sense: Today's listening session for Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District is at 1 p.m., when retirees are about the only voting-age people who don't have somewhere else to be. >More
 Italian Workmen's Club of Madison sees interest from a younger generation

You know about Festa Italia, the annual celebration of Italian American culture in Fitchburg. But you may not know that the group behind the celebration, the Italian Workmen's Club of Madison, is the longest consistently running club of its kind. >More
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