Detroit: Summer of 2017
A blog about the changing face of the Motor City by essayist Laura Bernstein-Machlay, who teaches literature and creative writing at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, and is the author of a forthcoming book called Travelers.
In slowly gentrifying Detroit, you might see a fox, or even a coyote, but where have all the stray dogs gone?
by Laura Bernstein-Machlay | Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Woodward Avenue, the Dream Cruise, and the QLine
by Laura Bernstein-Machlay | Friday, September 01, 2017
Look what’s popping up all over the place
by Laura Bernstein-Machlay | Friday, August 25, 2017
Like Detroit, a tale of rise and fall and rise again
by Laura Bernstein-Machlay | Friday, August 18, 2017
And other tales of Detroit wildlife
by Laura Bernstein-Machlay | Friday, August 11, 2017
The city may be changing, but the music is as great as ever
by Laura Bernstein-Machlay | Friday, August 04, 2017
Introducing our newest Daily Scholar columnist
by Laura Bernstein-Machlay | Friday, July 28, 2017
THIS WEEK’S ARCHIVE PICK
by John Kaag
W. S. Merwin, one of the most celebrated and prolific poets of his generation, died last Friday at the age of 91. A former U.S. poet laureate and the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, Merwin was also known for his work as a conservationist. After moving to Hawaii in the 1970s, he began the decades-long project of restoring different plant species to the former pineapple plantation where he lived. Merwin was notoriously difficult to contact, but in the fall of last year, John Kaag managed to interview him over the phone. Merwin, he reports, repeated the same lines throughout their conversation: “The time of wisdom cannot be measured, and, for me, wisdom is the garden. There is no time in the garden.” In an essay for the Scholar, Kaag explores this relationship between gardening and the passage of time, and how it is reflected in Merwin’s life and poetry.