I just wanted to share with you a couple new books with Detroit connections …
“Some neighborhoods where she shot, Julia had to have police protection. See if you can pick them out.” -Exerpt from famous Detroit-bred crime novelist Elmore Leonard’s Forward inside the new photography book Detroit: 138 Square Miles– featuring the work of Julia Reyes Taubman.
(Cover Art below – Distributed Arts Publishers – Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit)
From MOCAD: “Over the past six years, documentary photographer and architectural historian Julia Reyes Taubman has taken more than 30,000 photographs across the sprawled terrain of Detroit, ambitiously mapping out a comprehensive survey of a major American city. Photographing on the ground, in the buildings and by air and water, Reyes Taubman believes that when buildings and landscape are manipulated by nature and time they become more visually compelling than almost any architectural intervention. Reyes Taubman is not pessimistic, however: “It is not a disgrace but a privilege and an obligation to listen to the stories only ruins can tell,” she writes in regard to this project. “They tell us a lot about who we were, what we once valued most, and perhaps where we may be going.” As Reyes Taubman scrutinizes this 138-square-mile metropolis in transition, she pays particular attention to the scale and the solidity of the buildings that characterized the former “Motor City” at the height of its industrial wealth and power. More than a photographic saturation job of a single city, Detroit: 138 Square Milesprovides contextual perspective in an extended caption section in which Reyes Taubman collaborated with University of Michigan professors Robert Fishman and Michael McCullough to emphasize the social imperatives driving her documentation. An essay by native Detroiter and bestselling author Elmore Leonard addresses the social and cultural significance of the post-industrial condition of this metropolis.
See -and- Read more in Vogue
There’s this new study of author Kurt Vonnegut’s various surrealist/humanist sci-fi/black-comedies – written by Gregory D. Sumner, Prof. of History at University of Detroit Mercy.
From Ann Arbor’s Nicola’s Books’ site:
“In Unstuck in Time, Gregory Sumner guides us, with insight and passion, through a biography of fifteen of Kurt Vonnegut’s best known works, his fourteen novels starting with Player Piano (1952) all the way to an epilogue on his last book, A Man Without a Country (2005), to illustrate the quintessential American writer’s profound engagement with the “American Dream” in its various forms.”
So it goes…