Tag Archives: DIA

The Home Shopping Network descends on a defenseless Ypsilanti

Long gone are the days when A-list Hollywood celebrities like Robert DeNiro, Drew Barrymore and Milla Jovovich would flock to Ypsilnati and cause a stir. Today, things are different. Now that our overly-aggressive film industry incentives have dried up, and the steady flow of celebrities has slowed to a trickle, it takes a hell of […]

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Ypsilanti Immigration Interview: Erika Jost and Ben Connor Barrie

Still trying to unravel the mystery of why people would choose, of their own free will, to move to Ypsilanti, I reached out to new homeowners Erika Jost and Ben Connor Barrie, and demanded that they submit to a formal Ypsilanti Immigration Interview. Here are the results. MARK: Was Ypsilanti just the most affordable choice, […]

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Remembering Karl Pohrt, the man behind Ann Arbor’s Shaman Drum

Late last week, Karl Pohrt, the driving force behind Ann Arbor’s historic Shaman Drum book shop, passed away at the age of 65¬†after a long battle with thyroid cancer. Having been an admirer of his work over the years, I’d wanted to mention his passing on the site, and offer up a place for people […]

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If Detroit was a person, Kevyn Orr would be selling its kidneys

This weekend, upon hearing Kevyn Orr’s suggestion that we explore the possibility of selling the art collection of the DIA in order to satisfy the creditors of Detroit, it occurred to me that our newly appointed Emergency Manager might find it a bit more difficult to pillage the public coffers on behalf of Wall Street […]

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The proud heritage of the North American Juggalo

Today, while at the DIA, I stumbled across a small, hidden corridor that I’d never seen before. The plaque at its entry, which was obscured almost completely by a tall potted plant, stated simply, “The Hall of the North American Juggalo.” The exhibition, while very small, was truly moving. I had, of course, known that […]

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