• History

    Nancy Brown’s “Experience”

    by  • February 23, 2010 • Books, History • 1 Comment

    In the fall I wrote about the Peace Carillon on Belle Isle, an 85-foot limestone tower dedicated to Detroit News advice columnist Nancy Brown. It’s gorgeous, even though it’s starting to fall apart a little. So. Over the holidays, my fiancé’s uncle gave us a big box of antique books, figuring (uh, correctly) that...

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    Legends of Le Detroit

    by  • February 4, 2010 • Best of THE NIGHT TRAIN, Books, History • 3 Comments

    If you like flowery Victorian prose, phantasms, grieving widows, pining French girls, French in general, haunted inanimate objects, werewolves,  lyrical two-page long set-ups about a grandfather telling his kid a scary story, or — especially — Indian curses, you are going to love the shit out of this book. I loved this indulgent account of Rene...

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