Sunday, March 8, 2020 - 4:28pm
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Surrounded by Michigan paraphernalia in the Three Cats Cafe, Dan Scanlon looks comfortable and at home — because he is. As someone born and raised in Clawson, MI, it’s no wonder Scanlon is eager to talk about “Onward,” Scanlon's highly anticipated film based on his own childhood, in his real-life hometown. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 7:51pm
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Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 12:03am
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When we think of American culture in the ’90s, we don’t often think of Ireland. In fact, the origin of the most beloved music from the ’90s is often traced back to Seattle, Washington. Grunge pioneers were born below the city’s rainy skies — Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Nirvana — all of whom went on to shape the ’90s with their flannels and oversized jean jackets. While these bands have made major contributions to the music of the ’90s, the sounds we attribute to ’90s alternative music were largely influenced by Irish groups producing music amid political turmoil.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 10:43pm
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Who could forget high school? The most glorious four years of any teen’s life, right? Full of perfectly tailored clothes, raging parties with choreographed dance numbers and the happiest endings to any and all love stories … Wait, is that not what your high school experience was like? Because all the high school romantic comedies of the ’90s sure set up those expectations for their teen viewers. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 10:41pm
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“Diane, 11:30 am, February 24th. Entering the town of Twin Peaks,” FBI Agent Dale Cooper says into his tape recorder as fir trees flick past his car window.

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 5:18pm
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Sometimes it’s actually worth reading the jacket copy — a lot hides there.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 5:51pm
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DIY can be difficult. Finding venues for your band to play can be a nearly impossible task, especially when you’re trying to perform outside of your hometown. Frantically reaching out to strangers or friends that might be loosely connected to a scene can be very hit-or-miss, and pay-to-play venues rarely work out in your favor. However, for bands looking to play Southeastern Michigan, it might be easier than you think.

Outta This World Booking is a group that aims to help smaller, self-run bands find shows around Michigan. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 4:59pm
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“Lady Clementine” is one of Marie Benedict’s righteous novels focused on unearthing the untold stories of prominent women in history. All of her books center on hidden historical stories of women; this fiction in particular concentrates on the life of Clementine Churchill, the wife of well-recognized British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The novel follows Clementine and her relationship with Winston closely, shifting tones from World War I, to the interwar period, to World War II. 

Monday, February 17, 2020 - 6:00pm
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One of the many pleasures of Andrea Lawlor’s 2017 novel “Paul Takes The Form Of A Mortal Girl” is the realization I came to that this novel is more or less unreadable by a straight person. It’s saturated with vivid, unsparing depictions of not only gay sex but also the ecosystem that surrounds it — glances and recognitions and guesswork, a whole network of affiliations and signifiers that I doubt anyone at all uninitiated would be able to wade through without frustration.

Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 5:05pm
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Anne Carson can come across as a writer with no clear lineage or influences — even as she references the work of other authors, her poetry and prose seem to float relatively free of clear affiliation to any contemporary literary trend. Her career as a classicist (with a generalist’s flair: she’s written about film and modernism extensively) might have something to do with this: It’s possible to interpret her as someone who doesn’t follow a writer’s career, but works through a set of preoccupations, trying to draw ever more out of them, like an academic.