Tag Archives: Detroit

Damned Detroit

I was born in Detroit. I lived in the city for a decade and spent the first 21 years of my life in southern Michigan. I saw Detroit go from being a place where skilled workers raised families on one income, and strong unions insured good health care and retirement benefits to becoming a city [...]

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Revolutionary Black Workers

In the midst of this surreal political season, with the endurance of Black Lives Matter, and having just written an article about an African American neighborhood in Nashville, I suppose it might have been expected that I’d stumble across a mention about the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, but it still caught me by surprise. [...]

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Still Sinclair

This week I was reminded of long lost Labor Days in Detroit, marching with my father’s union as a little kid. Thinking about Labor Day and Detroit got me thinking about John Sinclair who famously got thrown in jail in 1969 after giving two joints to an undercover cop, before even more famously getting sprung [...]

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Baphomet Unveiled

So this past weekend finally saw the unveiling of the Baphomet statue in Detroit. It looks pretty cool and the organization behind the event claims that it was the largest Satanic gathering ever. I think that title still goes to any Black Friday at Walmart, but I didn’t make the event so what do I [...]

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We Talk Art

I was supposed to be doing a gallery talk with Daniel Holland at Red Arrow tonight, but the bad weather in Nashville found me on a text-go-round with the artist and the gallery last night, convincing ourselves that delaying the talk until 4:30 this Sunday afternoon was the best decision given the weather forecast. I’m [...]

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Lost Lion

Philip Levine, poet and son of Detroit, died on Valentine’s Day. He was an accomplished man who’d lived a long life, but anytime we lose a voice like his the silence it leaves behind is a roaring one. Levine’s poetry reached back to William Carlos Williams’ confrontations with the blunt facts of reality, and the [...]

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Urbex Art: Detroit

I lived in the City of Detroit, MI for the first decade of my life and I stayed in southern Michigan until I left for the South in the early 1990′s. Detroit has had a bad reputation for one reason or another my whole life, but I’ve always had the love for that place that [...]

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MC5 on Film

For every rock band that makes it big there are a million others that disappear unnoticed. However, there is also a rock band of a third kind: A band that makes a deep, narrow mark in its time that influences musicians for decades to come. The Velvet underground is a great example of this kind [...]

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Coincidence Control Network: Episode 54

Coincidence Control Network: File #054 – Attack of the Modern Caveman This week: Pussy Riot update, the slow television of Norway, Detroit bark city?, Matt Forney is a massive dick-bag, Dark Wallet and BitCoin: a good idea?, and a Canadian Astronaut snorts at Hollywood. Personnel – Joe Nolan, Kim Monaghan, and Ken Eakins [powerpress] Links: [...]

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The Horrible History of Halloween

It’s been a lot of fun spending the last month blasting this blog with profane and pitiless posts in the spirit of the season, but now Halloween is finally here! But what is Halloween? Where does our modern merrymaking come from and can the roots of our own costume and trick-or-treating traditions be traced back [...]

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