Tag Archives: Detroit

When book-lovers dream of luxury…

Drifting into dreamland after the ultimate reading experience… When book-lovers dream of luxury, they dream of Detroit’s Book-Cadillac Hotel–at least according to this fabulous ad copy from 1928. The curtains flutter, the readers snuggle, and service is swift and silent. … Continue reading

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We wear the mask

The Mask by Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr,, one of the leading letterpress printers, book artists, and papermakers working in the United States today, was printed at Bloomington, Indiana, in 2000. Nearly all of his work has an Afrocentric focus. Mask features the use … Continue reading

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Free Houses (for writers)

Are you are writer looking for free housing? Are you willing to relocate? Maybe Detroit is the place for you? Write-A-House is a unique non-profit group based in Detroit, Michigan that helps to train people in construction skills by renovating … Continue reading

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Occupy Libraries

In December, 2011 The Detroit Public Library Commission voted to close four branches of the city library. Some library-loving Detroit 4th graders decided to take matters into their own hands and fight back. The 4th grade class at Detroit’s Marcus … Continue reading

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Despite What Eminem Says…

Despite the touching platitudes from the resurrected hip hop artist, and the hard-boiled TV commercials from the supposedly resurgent Chrysler brand, Detroit is 138 square miles of ramshackle, crumbling ignominy. Take a look at a few examples of America’s humiliation … Continue reading

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Our Cultural Chernobyl

Last month we posted two stories on Chernobyl’s new-found status as a tourist destination. This week we stumbled upon a photo-documentary by French photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre that’s now available in the book Detroit in Ruins. The young … Continue reading

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