Author Archives: Mark

Bring a casserole and watch me lie to the people of Hamtramck this Saturday

If you read this site with any regularity, you know my friend Steve. I’ve chatted with him here quite a few times in the past about his magazine Stupor and the art space he runs in Hamtramck, Public Pool. Well, he’s invited me to speak this Saturday at something called the Good Tyme Writers Buffet, […]

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Just imagine how awesome of a wall we’d have around Ann Arbor if, of the past 40 years, we’d invested in bricks instead of the AATA

I should know better than to try to make sense of the arguments being offered by the rag tag band anti-tax activists who have come together to fight the AAATA millage we’ll be voting on next month, but, when I heard that they’d launched a website, I thought that I’d check it out, and see […]

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Zingerman’s founder Paul Saginaw on his time with Obama, the importance of raising the minimum wage, and why business owners should invest in their employees instead of their lobbyists

Early last winter, when the National Restaurant Association issued a formal statement about how raising the minimum wage would kill their industry, Paul Saginaw, one of the co-founders of Ann Arbor’s iconic Zingerman’s Deli, felt compelled to respond, and argue in favor of raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25. “We would be irresponsible employers […]

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Dinosaur Jr: “You’re Living All Over Me”

I’ve been watching cell phone video shot at a Brooklyn bar last night of J Mascis performing with Nirvana shortly after the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and remembering just how much his music meant to me… Here’s You’re Living All Over Me, for those of you who want […]

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“Why should I move from New York to Ypsi instead of Ann Arbor?”

Earlier today, a reader of this site – a Michigan expatriate living in New York – left the following comment in response to my exit interview with Terri and Meghan Eagen-Torkko. As he’s only received one response thus far, I thought that I’d bump it up here to the front page. And here’s the one […]

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