Steve Hughes does good, gets year’s worth of beer money

Last night, I got to spend some time with my friend Minal Hajratwala. Over beers, I told her what it was like to sit curled up behind a small stage, giving voice to a puppet, and she told me what it’s like to be a Fulbright Scholar working on a second book. Surprisingly, there’s not a lot of overlap between our two worlds.

Then, today, I woke up and learned that my old zine-writing buddy, Steve Hughes had been awarded a Kresge literary arts fellowship.

When I set out to write this post, my plan was to come across as insanely jealous, as though I were boiling over with anger. I thought that it would be funny. But, truth is, that’s one emotion I don’t feel in the least. What I feel is incredibly fortunate to have such brilliant friends. In a word where there’s so much to be depressed about, from the gushing of oil in the Gulf to the mediocrity we see about us in American popular culture, it’s good to know that sometimes people with real talent find ways to keep doing what they do. So, next time you see a Twilight commercial and feel like killing someone, just remember that someone’s out there, making the decision to fund people with great ideas, like Steve and Minal.

And, speaking of the great things that these two people do, Minal’s first book, Leaving India: My Family’s Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents, is now available in stores everywhere, and Steve’s most recent project, a collaborative arts space in Hamtramck called Public Pool, will be opening a new show entitled Super 8 New York on July 10.

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7 Comments

  1. Steve
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 4:21 am | Permalink

    Truth is, I never thought I’d get this award. It was a tremendous long shot. It’s huge. It doubles my pay for the year, which is great. I’ll be able to catch up on some bills and finally buy a new computer. My son is expecting a 2 week vacation. I made some promises like that back when I was applying. I told my wife we’d go to Europe. I said, shit, let’s take the money and go live in Spain for a couple months. Best thing though is that the this award validates what I’ve been doing for years. It also recognizes the format of a zine as a significant literary art form. It’s something to point to and say maybe there needs to be more classes at more universities, like Linette’s, that teach the kids how to Do It Yourself.

    Kresge is a big foundation. A corporation. Kresge is now funding Stupor. I never thought I’d say that.

  2. Steve
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    Clarification: Super 8 New York is a series of short films by Michael Jackman. It’s one night only.

  3. Knox
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    Maybe the son didn’t eclipse the father after all.

    http://markmaynard.com/?p=9057#comment-113078

  4. Stephen
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    According to the article, Hughes got $25,000. Are there any restrictions as to how he uses the money?

    I love Stupor and look forward to seeing what he can do with 2,500 times the budget.

  5. Ted
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    You need less high achieving friends. Spend more time at Smarty Katz. You’ll feel better about yourself.

  6. Stacey
    Posted July 1, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic news!! Congratulations, Steve! Steve remodeled my bathroom, I wonder if it’s more valuable now.

  7. Posted July 3, 2010 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    I like the idea of a European issue of Stupor, Steve. Maybe you could collect stories about Americans, both ugly and not so ugly. I think that would be great. You could afford to hire interpreters too.

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