Hot Time in the City: CityFest 2007

A midweek holiday. Man, talk about the death of productivity. And that’s before it got hotter than the surface of Venus outside. Here in Detroit, the 4th of July weekend began on Wednesday with a hungover barbecue, the sort of party that encourages the heroic consumption of red meat and various salads nestled in their plastic deli tubs, all washed down with Continue reading “Hot Time in the City: CityFest 2007”

America Beats Off

americabeatsoff.jpgOn Independence Day, Milwaukee has its Summerfest, and Chicago its Taste. The Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is out on Coney Island, and there are 15 baseball games on the Major League schedule. Someone will certainly be drinking in LA – if you have rich friends, it’s a party in Malibu; if you’re weird or into yoga, it’s Topanga Days – and in Detroit, the Detour braintrust will be at CityFest, the usual Continue reading “America Beats Off”

Welcome To His Machine

Welcome To His Machine: How Jack White Controls The World

For Icky Thump, the White Stripes’ latest, Jack White dropped some ice cream cones in the hopper on top of the aging, coal-fueled Stripes-O-Matic that rests in a cobwebbed corner of his band’s practice space. Next he fed in three wilting Christmas trees donated by neighbors, his shiniest pair of shoes, a few Mexican prayer cards, metal shavings, some ruby slippers, and a black cowboy hat. Then he threw Continue reading “Welcome To His Machine”

Hero & Villain

HeroandVillain.jpgThe action heroes didn’t die in a hail of depleted uranium ammunition fired by some foreign dictator’s door gunner. They just sagged unnoticed into late middle age, lending their star power to theme restaurant ventures and appearing occasionally in the dailies, usually behind a few more pounds and a gallon or two of tancream. They also ran for office, but that’s old Continue reading “Hero & Villain”