The scores of old masters held by the Detroit Institute of Arts might have fetched hundreds of millions of dollars at auction
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Saturday 24 October 2009
Sunday 11 October 2009
It's doubtful whether soul music is supposed to be this wimp-voiced or nerdily obsessive, but 29-year-old bedroom auteur Hawthorne – who writes, produces and plays many of the instruments himself – has created a deliciously vulnerable sound and persona that's as close to the Brian Wilson of "In My Room" as it is to Marvin or Smokey.
Friday 25 September 2009
A Vietnamese immigrant, Dinh Luong has always told his two diminutive daughters, Van and Linny, that America is the land of the tall. It's why he invented the "Luong Arm", a mechanism designed to enable "short girls" to secure items just out of reach. But as with his other inventions, such as the "Luong Eye", it's a design that's never been patented or sold. Of the two sisters, Van is the more serious and academic of the pair. An immigration lawyer with a preference for "sturdy chinos", she has never mastered the art of flirting. Meanwhile college drop-out, Linny, who works as a Chicago-based cook, flits from man to man. The two seem to share little in common, but at the start of this novel unexpectedly find themselves in the same boat: Van has been abandoned by her smug husband, Miles, and Linny by her latest married man.
Build it and they will come: How The Kalamazoo Klub won over the biggest acts on the folk music circuit
Thursday 24 September 2009
Friday 14 August 2009
A pleasant, inconsequential movie about resourceful kids fighting off an alien invasion in suburban Michigan.
Saturday 08 August 2009
John Hughes defined the 1980s teenager in a series of hugely successful and influential comedy films, including The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink, whose young stars became members of the group known as the "Brat Pack".
Friday 31 July 2009
Ethan Canin, who first made his name as a short-story writer, has turned his hand to a big, fat state-of-the-union novel. The narrator, Corey Sifter, is a 50-year-old Michigan newspaperman, who in his youth was co-opted by a powerful local family into Democratic politics.
Friday 19 June 2009
The father of a Michigan man who believes he was snatched from his real parents in New York half a century ago called the speculation “a bunch of foolishness.”
Tuesday 14 April 2009
Saturday 28 February 2009
Glancing at the icy speedometer as we barrelled along the narrow trail, I was astonished to see it creeping towards 50mph. Just minutes earlier, struggling to get to grips with this two-man snowmobile, 20mph had seemed absurdly fast. But then everything about this trip to the alternative winter wonderland of northern Michigan had proved pretty easy to master and, for a bunch of winter novices such as the five of us, wonderfully family-friendly.
Wednesday 11 February 2009
A newly discovered molecule linked to aggressive prostate cancer could open the door to better ways of tracking and treating the disease, say scientists.
Tuesday 14 October 2008
The pianist, songwriter, producer, bandleader and occasional singer Richard "Popcorn" Wylie was in at the birth of Tamla Motown. He played on "Shop Around", a 1961 hit for the Miracles, on "Please Mr Postman", a US chart-topper in the same year by the Marvelettes, and also cut a rollicking cover version of Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)", the label's début hit.
Sunday 17 August 2008
Sunday 01 June 2008
Monday 26 May 2008
An American Kalitta air cargo plane drove off the runway during take-off at Brussels's Zaventem airport yesterday and broke in two but there were no casualties, airport and fire brigade officials said.
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
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