Tuesday, January 13, 2015

"Making Sense of Detroit"


An essay written in 1999 by David M. Sheridan, "Making Sense of Detroit," for Michigan Quarterly Review, is more relevant today than when it was written

Sheridan outlines the cycles of Detroit's history, from dystopia to utopia. It's hard to think of another American city which in little more than 200 years has had such exhilarating highs alternating with devastating lows. Detroit has been knocked down more than once. This is always followed by dreamers seeking to impose their vision upon the ruins. Which is certainly happening now. Whether this is bad or good is open to discussion.

I have a selfish reason for recommending Sheridan's essay, in that it describes an essay of my own about Detroit-- one which seems no longer available, but must be archived somewhere. I'm mentioned far down in the body of the long piece, not as a writer, but a bartender, which I take as a compliment. Do I have credibility to speak about Detroit? My essay; Sheridan's remarks; my own history are evidence that in some small way, I do.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Classic Movies in Detroit?


Detroit has classic movies, shown on the big screen in actual movie theaters. Detroit Literary has seen in recent weeks "White Christmas" (possibly the corniest film ever) at the Redford Theater on Lahser Road, and "The Apartment" (a truly moving flick) at Cinema Detroit on Cass Avenue.

NEXT UP: The witty and cynical "All About Eve" this weekend at the Redford; starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, and George Sanders, with a brief appearance by Marilyn Monroe. Expect DL to be there!