EJ sent me a link to an article on The Awl, A Guide to the Spooky Scary Secret Monsters of Every State, which reminded me I should probably post something about Michigan's very own monster: the Dogman. The song on the YouTube video does a pretty good job explaining it.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
One of the real treats of running a blog is that from time to time, I receive great new music in my inbox. That's how I found out about Easy Star All-Stars' new album Thrillah, a reggae tribute to The King of Pop's masterpiece. The All-Stars are the musical collective behind Easy Star Records' hugely successful line of reggae tribute albums including Dub Side of the Moon, Radiodread, and Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band. I don't think it's possible to listen to this music without having it bring a smile to your face. Check it out:
You can also download a sample song from the album, Human Nature.
The All-Stars are currently on tour to promote the album and they are stopping at the Blind Pig on Tuesday to play a show with the Aggrolites. Tickets are $18 if you buy them at the Pig or $20.84 online for the convenience of internet shopping. Doors open at 8 pm for this all ages show.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Friday, October 5, 2012
The title of Lisa D'Amour's sharp, satisfying comedy "Detroit" (well directed by Anne Kauffman, at Playwrights Horizons) refers not to the city but to the state of collapse that it embodies.I have one thing to say to that:
Luckily John Lahr, the reviewer, brings it home at the end: "The suburbs once personified the American dream. A dream, 'Detroit' seems to be saying, is something you may be forced to wake up from."
The amazing Bonnie Jo Campbell will be back in Ann Arbor tomorrow for the State of the Book Symposium at Rackham. Back in September, EJ and I had a chance to meet BJC at the Kerrytown BookFest. She was super cool and a blast to talk to then she went on and moderated this awesome panel discussion on New Women's Voices in Fiction. Swoon. If you like Michigan Fiction, you'll probably love the State of the Book. Dave Eggers will be there too, but he's no BJC.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Yesterday I saw two young men riding mopeds across the Diag. I snapped a picture because I was going to write a long rant about how it's not OK to treat your moped like a bicycle. Fortunately as the bandits exited the Diag onto south State, they were stopped by a U of M Police Office.
And they say there's never a cop when you need one.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
In-staters: In-staters are, incidentally, those students that hail from the state of Michigan. They pay approximately 5 dollars annually and can’t fathom why anyone out-of-state would pay close to $40,000 to attend. If you can’t understand why this would be infuriating to the out-of-stater, look at this way: it’s like formerly being the most popular kid in your high school, I mean local-celebrity-status, and having no one recognize you after graduation.
Note: Bloomfield Hills betches are an exception to the in-state rule. All JAB out-of-staters want to find a friend from Bloomfield so they can go for Rosh Hashana or break fast dinner and pretend they branched out in college.
Out-of-staters: So then, you guessed it, the out-of-staters are indeed from those lesser known areas outside of Michigan--namely, Long Island. Out-of-staters are very proud of their non-Michigan resident status since it means they're paying extra to go there and this also implies that they like, had to fucking do something of note to get in.
North Campus Aliens: North Campus is the Alcatraz of Michigan because quite frankly, you might as well be in prison with no chance of escaping (without a doctor's note). Having only been there once and that was just to see it, it’s safe to say that North Campus is just as bad as they say. Isolated from the rest of the student population and the entire Michigan culture you waited all four years of high school to experience, North Campus boasts...nothing at all.
Monday, October 1, 2012
This just in: The Lunch Room has been contracted by Rocket Fuel, an advertising company based in California, to give away a "boat load" of free food for a recruitment event. They will. They will post up on State Street in front of the Art Museum tomorrow and start serving food at 11 AM. Make sure you get there quick, the food will probably run out in just a few short hours.