More Shadow Art Fair interviews

For those of you who enjoyed the interviews that I conducted and posted during Saturday’s Shadow Art Fair with folks like Pete Larson, Andy Claydon, Alexandra Dietz, and Patti Smith, I’ve got a few more that I’d like to share.

The following interviews, with Andrew Jason Clock, Stef Chura and a young woman named Amanda, were likewise recorded during last Saturday’s Shadow Art Fair. As you’ll see, we talk about any number of subjects, from local politics, to the job market for recent college graduates. Hopefully, you’ll find them as fascinating as I do.

For those that didn’t have a chance to be interviewed, fear not. If all goes according to plan, I’ll be doing the same thing again next year at the Shadow. In the meantime, I have another video project that I’d like to share with you. I want to start conducting Ypsilanti Exit Interviews – essentially talking with people (for ten minutes or less) about why they’ve chosen to leave Ypsilanti. I doubt I’ll have too many people take me up on the offer, but I think that the exercise could yield a lot insight into the kinds of people we’re losing, and why. If you know of someone who is planning to leave town, for whatever reason, please pass along my contact information and encourage them to set up an interview. My first target, Hollis from the band Manhole, who is said to be leaving soon for Portland, has yet to respond to my email. If you know him, please do me a favor and encourage him to do it. I think he might find it cathartic.

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13 Comments

  1. Posted July 20, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    We’ll totally take it into the women’s room next year, Mark! I love talking to people…they are so f’in interesting :)

  2. Andrew Jason Clock
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    Wow. I was hammered. I’m glad that you were doing this at Corner, where I was drinking a nice, relaxing fudge stout and that fruity liquid crack they were serving in the beer garden, instead of somewhere that I might have chosen gin. And sorry to downriver and all of its residents. You aren’t that scary.

  3. FlickaWilze
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    Luke ate 50 eggs. All you do is talk talk talk. Dark haired Delilahs and flatulent hypodermics with caps and beards. Strange company makes noF bed scents. Psycherbabel. Inherviews. Enter Inter Enter Inter. Feral fellowed crack shells!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ibought a puppy.Prayed in cash. Named it Park Playhard. Dot scam. Lark Layhard . Snot Comb. It sniffs-n-licks like a slick papa pour poor gnatzi. Bees trees driving too fast. Fifty of them driving too fast. Eric! You’re driving too fast! Sunfoil lovers unitard. The boiled bed cream turned out good to gold. We ate they went creme. Talka talk. Talka stalk. Stalka talk. Driving.

  4. wetdolphinmissile
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 5:11 am | Permalink

    While interviewing those exiting Ypsilanti, I propose we charge them all an exit fee, ($$$) to help defray the budget gaps.

  5. Edward
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 5:43 am | Permalink

    People should explain on video why it is that they’d like to exit Ypsilanti, and then residents should vote on whether or not we agree that they should be let go.

  6. Mr. X
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    If I ever open a bar, there will be a booth with a video camera where customers can drink alone, and broadcast to the internet. I think that would be cool.

  7. Posted July 21, 2011 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Mark, this has been my favorite feature of this blog so far. You attract a few douchebags, but in general, the people who comment here are pretty incredible folk.

  8. Alfie
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Now that I see Andy, I don’t dislike him. Damn you, Internet.

  9. Robert
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    I like your interview style, Mark. It’s more like a lecture.

  10. Eel
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    And he lectures like he makes love (shaky, perspiring and gulping for oxygen).

  11. Eel
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    What would it take to get EOS to come out of her shell and do an interview?

  12. dragon
    Posted July 23, 2011 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    I want to start conducting Ypsilanti Exit Interviews – essentially talking with people (for ten minutes or less) about why they’ve chosen to leave Ypsilanti.

    Start with our good friend Musca domestica Linnaeus. He was one of 96 little bastards born of one of Ypsilanti’s least known original founding whores. By sheer determination and by out scrapping his brother and sisters for the meager subsistence of garbage and feces this tough little guy eventually became a plump pale-whitish wriggling little hipster (minus the ‘look at me glasses’). Having now developed the confidence of someone who might start a Shadow Shembechler Saturday Fanfest, he grows wings and flies away.
    If we were to all remove the screens from our windows I think we could lure back some of these young budding entrepreneurs.
    My fingers are crossed.

  13. Kim
    Posted July 23, 2011 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Could someone please interpret Dragon’s comment?

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