WJBK's LeDuff accused in scuffle Detroit's Corktown

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Detroit — WJBK-TV reporter Charlie LeDuff has been accused of being involved in a drunken, finger-biting brawl in Corktown, according to a Detroit police report.
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“The small, white ‘art community’ in Detroit complained that I was focusing on the negative in a city with so much good. What about all the galleries and museums and music? They complained in a flurry of e-mails and blogs. What about the good things?

"It was a fair point. There are plenty of good people in Detroit. Tens of thousands of them. Hundreds of thousands. There are lawyers and doctors and auto executives with nice homes and and good jobs and community elders trying to make things better, teachers who spend their own money on the classroom, people who mow lawns out of respect for the dead neighbor, parents who raise their children, ministers who help with funeral expenses.

"But these things are not supposed to be news. These things are supposed to be normal. And when normal things become the news, the abnormal becomes the norm. And when that happens, you might as well put a fork in it.”

-Charlie LeDuff, “Detroit: An American Autopsy”

Go ahead and laugh at Detroit

Go ahead and laugh at Detroit. Because you are laughing at yourself.

In cities and towns across the country, whole factories are auctioned off. Men with trucks haul away tool-and-die machines, aluminum siding, hoists, drinking fountains. It is the ripping out of the country’s mechanical heart right before your eyes.

A newly hired autoworker will earn $14 an hour. This, adjusted for inflation, is three cents lessthan what henry Ford was paying in 1914 when he announced the $5 day. And, of course, Ford isn’t hiring.

from Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff

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(via LeDuff talks with ‘Smokey the Bear’ about arson in Detroit - Fox 2 News Headlines)

If you haven’t read Detroit: An American Autopsy, DO. LeDuff is gritty, pissed off, and determined to save Detroit. We’re OBSESSED with Detroit.

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bless your heart & thanks for asking:

currently reading: “Detroit: an American Autopsy” by Charlie LeDuff; pretty sensationalist journalism & he def has a flair for the theatrical when it comes to his hometown

also been really getting into short stories lately, so for quick good reads def check out “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O'Connor (my personal fave & perhaps the most perfect short story ever written), “That Evening Sun” by William Faulkner (so chilling & I couldn’t stop thinking about it for days afterwards) and “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin (best description of jazz music I’ve read ever). there are so many more that I wish I had time to list here

unpopular opinion: the Bible is a stunning piece of literature & everyone should read it if they can; it has started wars & toppled kings & murdered millions in the name of religion. it’s a story that still shapes the world in which we live in today (idk if this is an unpopular opinion but this is tumblr so who knows); my prof once told me that “the people who write the stories are the people who rule the world” & I think the Bible is the perfect example of that because it still dictates the lives & narratives of billions of people living today

favorite villain: Henry in Donna Tartt’s “The Secret History” — he’s a terrible person in a book full of really fucking terrible people but you can’t help but be attracted/turned on by Donna’s depiction of him

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Shikha Dalmia Faces Off with Charlie LeDuff and David Madland on What’s Ailing the American Middle Class on Michael Moynihan’s VICE Show

By Reason.com The middle class has replaced the poor as the latest cause celeb among politicians of all persuasions.