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Mike Ilitch was a Ball Player

It has been said that every American male is a failed baseball player. Mike Ilitch was no different. The son of Macedonian immigrants nearly...

A criminal’s cave in Hillsdale County

As stories have their way, they get bigger, taller, more true to the intent of the storyteller than to the facts. In local legends,...

Politics prevails over literature in this year’s awards

  Writing is, as Joan Didion states in her essay “Why I Write,” “an aggressive, even a hostile act.” In forming words into sentences, stringing...

Novel glimpses into the poet’s mind

Nicholson Baker’s mind captures the “fine suddenness” of every moment. His work fixates on the minutiae of the everyday experience while largely ignoring the...

Wiman suffers with silence: ‘Every Riven Thing’ struggles with the silence...

The silence of God can be suffocating. The modern God, whom Wiman refers to as his “Bright Abyss,” is not an unquestioned cornerstone. We...