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November 12, 2012

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Just finished "Say Nice Things About Detroit" by Scott Lasser. Have you read it? I'm curious what you think, and/or if there's been any buzz over there about it.

Yeah, I had the chance to interview him about that for the Free Press, but there wasn't space there to detail my thinking on it.

The short story is that I think the novel has a lot of good observation and storytelling sense, and I found the author to be thoughtful and honest. The novel wasn't really my taste, though: I found it thin and heavyhanded. An odd detachment percolates. Some of this isn't Lasser's fault: the conventions of its genre just don't appeal to me, but I think many other people will like it a lot.

It did get some buzz:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/29/books/say-nice-things-about-detroit-scott-lassers-new-novel.html?_r=0

http://www.bookforum.com/review/9963

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/5/book-review-say-nice-things-about-detroit/?page=all

http://www.sfgate.com/books/article/Say-Nice-Things-About-Detroit-by-Scott-Lasser-3689388.php

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121009/ENT05/210090309

What do you think, Amy?

The illiteracy thing may have been a rumor, invented around the war on drugs, or at least before hip-hop in the 1980s.

The historical peak for fires in Detroit, where there were still fires the last time I checked, was around 1990.

Thanks as always, Ms Isak

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