Category Archives: Art and Culture

Debating the legacy of Lon Chaney Jr.

Over the past year, I’ve heard two of my favorite podcasters, Karina Longworth and Gilbert Gottfried, mention Lon Chaney Jr. several times each, and do so in wildly different ways. [Gottfried, I think it’s safe to say, likes Chaney, best known for portraying Larry Talbot in the 1941 film The Wolf Man, very much. Longworth, […]

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Ypsilanti once again has a payphone… only this time it’s free

Last summer, I posted an interview here with a fellow in Portland by the name of Karl Anderson. Anderson, as you may recall, had formed an activism/public arts entity by the name of Futel with the goal of democratizing telecommunications through the introduction of free payphones into America’s urban centers. Well, as you may also […]

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Russ Solomon, the visionary founder of Tower Records, has died

In honor of Russ Solomon, the visionary, iconic founder of Tower Records, who passed a few days ago at the age of 92, I wanted to share the following clip from an interview I did a few years back with Doug Biggert, the man responsible, among other things, for bringing zines to Tower. I never […]

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Ypsilanti’s Jermaine Dickerson wins the Ann Arbor Arts Alliance’s 2018 Tamara Real Emerging Leader Award

I didn’t know this about myself until just a few evenings ago, but apparently I really enjoy seeing my lovely and brilliant wife, Linette, bestow awards upon our deserving friends… Here, for those of you who would like to see what it was that caused me to learn this about myself, is video of Linette […]

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75 hours in Baltimore…. celebrating the Monkey Power Trio’s 23rd day as a band

The weekend of October 21st marked the 23rd meeting of my one-day-a-year pseudo-band, the Monkey Power Trio. For those of you who might not be familiar with our origin story, it all began back in 1995 with a promise between old friends one hot, summer afternoon in Brooklyn. On the spur of the moment, we’d […]

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