Some friends and I took a little trip to Detroit not too long ago, and if you’ve never been I highly recommend you go. Not that it’s an especially fun place, nor a consistently entertaining one, but definitely among the most interesting destinations in the world. A lot of people talk about what they personally are losing these days, but to actually see first-hand how an entire city (and, to some extent, an entire state) has been disintegrating for decades is nothing short of amazing.
Imagine a building, left for dead by its owner because no one will ever move into it again. Now imagine an entire city block made up of such buildings. Now imagine that instead of being mere houses, these are industrial complexes and 30-story high-rises. People will ask what the world will look like after civilization has all gone away; the answer, sadly, sits in near-ruin on the western shores of Lake St. Clair.
Meanwhile, some news and light reading for you:
- The 35th Street Review has gone daily. Because you need need NEED blowhard sportswriting seven times a week.
- A music site I’ve been writing for is (slowly) going live. They’re still working some things out, but you can check out some of my work for them here, here, here, here, and here .
- A lingering question was finally answered.
- And the good folks at 2nd Story have invited me to join their fall storytelling cycle. You’ll know about appearances as soon as I do.
The more observant of you have probably noticed some changes to the site’s appearance and layout. A few tweaks and ideas are still in progress, but hopefully the whole thing works better now; too much of the original design ended up as clutter, and as a result you now get what you see here. Which, if you think about it, is probably pretty symbolic of something; I’m just not sure what.
As always, thank you for reading.
Chicago, IL / August 30, 2008