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“Listening to Detroiters”: 3 Questions for Aaron Foley

by E Martin Nolan

Aaron Foley is the City of Detroit’s chief storyteller, a new position created by Mayor Mike Duggan to tell the stories of Detroiters citywide. Most recently, he was editor of BLAC Detroit Magazine, a 35,000-circulation monthly glossy in Metro Detroit. He is also the author of How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass (BELT,


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Call Out: Literary Suburbia

by Kathryn Stagg

The Puritan is calling for submissions to a special supplement to its Winter Issue, “Literary Suburbia.”

Sprawling and monotonous, housing melancholic households with hidden dysfunctions—the suburbs, as they are often depicted in literature, are sinister places, dangerous precisely because of their seeming innocence. In the works of writers like Richard Yates,


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Reforming the Breath of Canada in Sonnet L’Abbé’s Anima Canadensis

by Adam Mohamed

Birthdays, as a ritual, function by celebrating the existence of one stable thing that takes its place as an object. When we celebrate Canada’s birthday, we are celebrating the existence of one country. However, there is always an ethical question of whose existence comprises the diverse nation of Canada we are asked to celebrate; moreover,