Thanks to Michael Jackman for his blog post ("Please, please, please: Stop 'saving' Detroit") responding to my story at collectively.org about Sister Pie ("Projects We Love: This Baker is Saving Detroit With Pie.") Just wanted to mention a few things.
Firstly, I have been to Detroit, for a few weeks, in 2012. Sure, that's not a ton of time. But I met a lot of amazing people, and really liked it, and hope to return. I'm fascinated by how much change is happening there, and I love how people are taking initiative to make the city habitable through sustainable economic development.
Secondly, I just want to let you know that my editors chose that title. As you as a journalist must be aware, this is pretty common. I didn't really love it myself, and wouldn't have chosen it if it were up to me — but in the end, it created a lot of discussion, which is ultimately a good thing, in my opinion.
However, I really didn't appreciate the personal attacks. I've been writing for several years, so while I certainly don't consider myself as weathered as some writers, neither would I call myself "inexperienced" nor "lazy" under any circumstances.
And come to think of it, I would never resort to calling another writer such terms in a public forum, because I just don't think that's cool, at all. —Rachel Signer, Brooklyn, N.Y.
A run in your undies
Our slideshow of Detroit fun-runners braving freezing temperatures in their underwear to benefit the Children's Tumor Foundation got plenty of comments on our Facebook page.
• Brave — and crazy!
• As heck!
• Hell no!
• They'll be sick by Monday.
• That's a myth. Being out in the cold does not make a person get sick.
• Those are some tough, brave women out there!
• I guess about 1,000 braved the frigid temps ... good for the cause ... bless them.
• That takes real guts! Way to go!
• ... they are insane.
• While we were in our winter coats ...
• Oh, BRRRRR ... no way!
• It looks like Detroit is trying to be San Francisco.
• They are a tough bunch!
• Detroit: Home of Alcohol-Related Hypothermia. Quick, one of you motorheads throw yourself on one of those half-naked girls to, save her from freezing to death!
• I'm impressed, Detroit!
• C'mon, men, get out there!
Fizz or fizzle?
Another item that spawned a long discussion about a study from the University of Michigan finding that people holding beer look less intelligent.
• Yet most of the world's greatest minds were drug abusers and alcoholics. Yes, I concur nowadays when you see someone drinking a beer they look less intelligent. Thanks, university.
• "Here, hold my beer for me."
• I thought this was the Onion!
• What a breakthrough!
• Must've looked like a total fucktard all these years.
• People who go to school look stupid.
• People holding Wine glasses look arrogant ... wait, it was a study by U-M, I get it now.