Toni Morrison reading.
For a lovely tribute to Michigan writer, Glendon Swarthout, who wrote a classic Christmas story check here.
This has been announced elsewhere but we got the email today.
"In early Spring, the Free Press will change from offering seven days' home delivery to offering three days - Thursday, Friday and Sunday. We now also offer a digital subscription on freep.com so you have the option of seeing the newspaper pages online exactly as they appear in print. And you will still be able to purchase the Free Press any day at stores, newsstands and newspapers racks - that won't change. We will maintain our strong news report, and we will redesign the newspaper to provide an easier-to-use format -- as well as retaining the exclusive reporting and depth that we're known for."
Just as I feel guilty for drifting away from US cars in the last five years, I feel guilty about discontinuing our subscription to the Freep a few months ago. They had discontinued providing their own reviews of books, movies, TV, almost everything. Many of their stories came from AP or other sources. I misunderstood the reason for this. I thought they were making a bad choice, not that they were making their only choice.
But this is what's become clear. If there was no local paper in Detroit, would the misdeeds, make that crimes, of Kwame Kilpatrick have been exposed? Who will serve as a watchdog over local and state politicians if there is no newspaper? Who will chastise sports teams for putting 0-14 teams on the field? Who will cover Detroit weather like it means something? Who will care about and cover the fate of this city if not the newspapers?
What's the status of the newspaper in your town?