Statement

Behind the curtain at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.

As I was photographing Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen at the Helen Zell Writers’ Program event last week, I began exploring the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.

The nativist next door

“We are quitting at two,” a Northern Michigan doctor named John Tanton told the Alpena News in 1975, referring to his two daughters.

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The idea that I can take my mind to whatever extent I desire and create what I want is one of the most riveting feelings that continuously propels me to create genuine work. Whether I am designing an infographic or programming an application, I imagine how the user would experience it.

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I know I am not supposed to say this, but most of the books I have bought recently have not been finished. My nightstand has become a graveyard for abandoned literature.

Ann Arbor residents at the Dancing in the Streets festival Labor Day.

Every Labor Day weekend, the Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance hosts Dancing in the Streets, a free festival in downtown Ann Arbor. The community is invited to come try a variety of dance styles and enjoy mini-concerts.

An abandoned house in Detroit, Michigan.

In late August, Michael Andrews learned his Southwest Detroit home was in foreclosure. It came into his family’s possession in 1963, but falling on hard times during the 2007 recession made it difficult to keep up with his property taxes.

Colleges and universities provide health care and insurance to millions of young American students, but these health plans often do not adequately cover sexual health resources or services such as condoms and birth control.

Sending contraceptives through the mail seems like a remnant of the early 20th century when methods of preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases were largely relegated to legally-murky backchannels.

The point here is that on this day in late April 2018, the front doors to the Union didn’t open.

In late April, I walked up the stairs to the Michigan Union, as I’d done many times before. It was a warm day — warmer still with the winter semester finally over and the summer near.

An anchor records in front of the New York Skyline.

People always complain about Donald Trump.

I say, try to explain him to a foreign audience.

Sept. 11 has become a historic reflux that won’t go away with a prescribed dose of patriotism, fear, or apathy.

It was just last year that I was hurrying through the Diag, late for class, when I noticed hundreds of American flags staked on the lawns. It took me a few minutes to remember the day. Sept.