Monday, December 22, 2008

Matt Labash on Detroit

Labash's opus on Detroit is the best magazine piece I've read this year, and maybe the best thing he's written.

Print it and read it now, before Christmas. You'll see what I mean.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I read it two days ago and still can't get it out of my head. It makes you sad, angry, disgusted, and full of hopelessness all at the same time. The problem appears to be so big that the only solution seems to be to fence it off from the rest of the world, drop tons of small arms into the middle of it, and wait for the shooting to stop. I mean, how fucked up is a place where they set arson fires for fun?

I'd close with prayer for all the decent people who live in Detroit, but I'm reminded of a line by Jack Nicholson in the 1989 "Batman" about Gotham City.

"Decent people shouldn't live here. They'd be happier somewhere else."

Drew Barnes said...

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Drew Barnes said...

The piece may be his best. How does he not have book contracts, etc? I would think he could anthologize his pieces.

jk said...

Stunning. That issue lies sadly unopened after a difficult week but I read this online at the tip of another blogger.