I’m a journalist, and of course I’m partial to reportage and essays. But I hardly believe that the medium is the only way to communicate truth. In fact, if this was going to be an honest book, I felt that it needed to embody the multiplicities of this city, and not just explain them. I didn’t want the anthology to feel unduly disjointed — and for that, I was attentive to the proportions of the pieces, and their ordering — but I did want it to have room in the book for the diversity of expression that is born in Detroit.If there’s a thread that connects it all, I’d say that it comes down simply to the contributors wrestling as honestly as they can about a resonant aspect of their Detroit experience. The pieces (even the reportage) are personal.3) There is a lot in the book that doesn’t follow the conventional wisdom about Detroit. Tells us about some of the pieces that break from that norm.
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