Tuesday, March 29, 2011
A Diversity of Thoughts
Growing up in Detroit, I passed him more times that I can say. But it wasn't until I returned to Detroit a few years ago, to do research for my novel, that I really took him in, the way an adult mind can, especially an adult mind in the process of trying to understand. He seemed such an apt symbol for what has happened in Detroit over the years. Or not that exactly. He seems an apt symbol for the puzzle of figuring out what happened to his city. I mentioned him in my novel because this struck me in a powerful way. Oh, call it an epiphany if you like. I even named the last chapter of my novel after him.
I'm sure you read/heard the news this week about Detroit, about the population decline as reflected in the latest census figures, about the residents of Detroit who continue to struggle to stay in and support and believe in their city. It's a lot to think about.