Steve Hughes, interrupting Dabenport, telling dirty stories collected in bars

My friend Steve, the publisher of the Hamtramck-based zine, Stupor, read from his new book, at the Shadow Art Fair on Saturday. Here’s a little taste… Those who are interested can buy copies of the book, which was made possible by the generous support of the Kresge Foundation, here.

And, for those of you who find yourselves needing more Steve Hughes, he also makes an appearance in this video I shot of the band Dabenport, who likewise performed at the Shadow Art Fair. (As you’ll see, I was half way through video taping one of their songs, when Steve came up behind me and poked me in the ribs.)

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  1. Mr. X
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Is it common for people here to fuck their landlords in lieu of rent? (I’ve never tried it.) I ask because this is the second time I’ve heard about it happening in Ypsi. The first was in the court case against landlord/Washtenaw County Commissioner Ronnie Peterson and his cousin.

  2. Posted July 19, 2011 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    I think this kind of event should be illegal.

  3. Kim
    Posted July 19, 2011 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    I love that Dabenport was on the same bill with Druid Perfume the same way I love the fact that the guy with the pooping wizard flip book was next to the older woman with pen and ink drawings of birds inside. It’s cool that such people can coexist happily under the auspices of the Shadow.

  4. Posted September 12, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Permalink readers in New York should be aware of the fact that Steve will be reading at Printed Matter this Friday evening. Here are the details.

    Friday, September 16 · 5:00pm – 7:00pm

    Location: 195 Tenth Ave, at 22nd Street, NYC

    @ Printed Matter, Inc.

    Printed Matter is pleased to announce a book launch and reading for a recent collection of stories by Detroit writer Steve Hughes.

    For the last 16 years, Steve Hughes has been listening to the people he meets in bars, diners, hardware stores and job sites talk about their lives. He writes the stories they inspire—about infidelity, drunkenness, disappointment and dumb-luck—in his zine Stupor.

    This new hardcover edition collects 14 previously published issues into Stupor: A Treasury of True Stories, each issue designed by a Detroit-based artist (Mitch Cope, Gina Reichert, and Scott Hocking among them). With an eye for a good story told across the bar-top, Hughes accesses an honest voice in the people he meets, building a fascinating series of narratives that depict a place and its people.

    Go see him if you have a chance… And be sure to tell him that I said hello.

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  1. By The Untold History of Zines…. Steve Hughes on Stupor on December 27, 2013 at 10:23 am

    […] mentioned my friend Steve Hughes and his zine Stupor several times on this site. I’ve shared videos of him reading at the Shadow Art Fair, and interviewed him about his various projects in Hamtramck, where he makes his home and runs an […]

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