Mark Maynard: folding his arms in front of the artwork of others



I have an idea for a spinoff site. It would just be images of me, either folding my arms in front of, or leaning against, the artwork of others. What do you think? Is that the kind of site that you can imagine yourself going back to again and again, week after week?

“I wonder what Mark’s leaning against today?”

Maybe I could even interview the artists whose stuff I’m leaning against.

The above shots, by the way, were taken a few days ago at the Water Street Sculpture Garden by the very talented Doug Coombe, who had been sent out by Concentrate to take photos of Ben Connor-Barrie and me.

This is Ben. He publishes the blog Damn Arbor.

He’s the smiley one.


I think they wanted to shoot me with Ben as, next to him, I look significantly bigger, older and less happy than I do on my own.

In addition to me and Ben, the Concentrate article, titled “Five Local Blogs You Need To Be Reading,” also focuses on Juan Cole from Informed Comment, Barbara Wylan Sefton from SLICE Ann Arbor, and Megan Halvorson from Meg Goes Nom Nom. I’d like to think my inclusion is some reflection on the work that I put in here, but I suspect it has more to do with the fact that I’ve outlived much of my competition, as most everyone else has come to realize that blogging is a colossal waste of time and energy that’s only likely to make you enemies.

For those of you who are interested, here’s the part of the article, written by Patrick Dunn, dealing with this site.
Site visits: 35,000 per month
Established: 2002

Why you should be reading it: Because founder Mark Maynard is one of Arbor-Ypsi’s OG blogging bad-asses. Maynard published the notable ‘90s zine Crimewave USA, and the fierce punk rock spirit of the zine world pervades his online presence. He’s an outspoken political commentator, particularly when it comes to defending his city of residence, Ypsilanti (although he’s certainly not afraid to call out city government for lame-brained moves). He’s a decidedly left-of-center voice on state and national issues as well, and he’s got his finger on the pulse enough to scoop local news outlets from time to time.

The blog isn’t all Maynard’s opinion, though. Maynard is an excellent and extremely inquisitive interviewer, and his Q&As with local business owners and artists (and his ongoing “Exit Interview” series with outbound area residents) are always fascinating. But most importantly, Maynard is a skillful moderator, fostering intelligent and respectful discussions in the comments on even his most provocative posts. A vital community resource, a virtual back fence, and an outlet for Maynard’s admittedly obsessive-compulsive tendencies, embodies everything a great local blog should aspire to be.

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  1. Posted October 24, 2014 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    This is like that crazy lady who defaced national parks and then put them on instagram.

  2. Eel
    Posted October 24, 2014 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    I agree with Peter, you should begin pooping on the works of your friends.

  3. Eel
    Posted October 24, 2014 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Sorry, I’d read “defaced” as “defecated.”

  4. anonymous
    Posted October 24, 2014 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Does Ben have more teeth than a normal human being?

  5. Posted October 24, 2014 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    How do you defecate a national park?

  6. Eel
    Posted October 24, 2014 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    The way I was imagining it, she was doing things like pooping on top of Mount Rushmore and posting photos.

  7. roots
    Posted October 24, 2014 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Kudos, Mark!

  8. Dan from Austin
    Posted October 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    No captions, please. Just pictures of you in front of art, possibly with a gif of you stroking your chin.
    Brand extension, baby!

  9. Krik
    Posted October 24, 2014 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Pooping in Ann Arbor with Mark Maynard.

    See beloved Ypsilanti blogger Mark Maynard pooping on all of your favorite things about Ann Arbor.

    See him poop on the Diag.

    See him poop in front of Drakes.

    See him poop on the sidewalk where Iggy Pop met Ron Asheton.

  10. Posted October 24, 2014 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    I like this idea. Also way behind the animated gif idea – i would totally find uses for a Ben+Mark gif!

    Although, according to the TV commercials, leaning on things is also a symptom of depression, so just look out!

  11. Posted October 24, 2014 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    @Anon I do have more teeth than a normal person. In fact, I am a marsupial and have 50 teeth. A full jaw by placental mammal standards.

  12. Posted October 24, 2014 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    I’ve got to check out the Water Street Sculpture Garden very soon – looks like a neat place. Honored to have been highlighted beside your great blog. :)

  13. Posted October 28, 2014 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    Poop local!

  14. Gene
    Posted March 3, 2020 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    I googled “Barbara is pooping all over ann arbor” and this page was top 10 – nice!

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