Theres a theory that were descended from aquatic apes. It supposedly explains why were buoyant and hairless, and mysteries of evolution from upright posture to peculiarities of our mating. Its outsider science, far from mainstream, but it can feel right, intuitively, this time of year when theres a pull to the shore and the water. Waves lapping at sand sound like home.
In temperate climes like ours, summer is the most primal of seasons. Besides flocking to the beaches, we bond to the beats in mass rites of outdoor music and dance; we feast outdoors. And isnt going to the movies and all the more obviously in the season of the blockbusters just an update on going down to the caves to see rock drawings by firelight
In our 2006 Summer Guide we touch on the primal and more. We go to Metro Beach with News Editor Curt Guyette and photographer Nicole Marie Polec. Frequent film writer Michael Hastings tells us how to live through the summer blockbusters. Comix aficionados Sean Bieri, our design director, and music contributor Walter Wasacz recommend graphic novels for summer reading, while our copy editor Michael Jackman considers some out-of-the-way Michigan towns with storied pasts
And thanks to Listings Editor Eve Doster and our diligent interns, weve got hundreds of things for you to do throughout the metropolitan area this summer, from concerts to food festivals, from sports to camping, covering the wide metropolitan area through the Labor Day Weekend, when we begin to filter back indoors for another three seasons.
Hoops, hijabs and Christian rock at Metro Beach.
These days, even preening pre-teens are comic-carrying snobs, but there’s plenty left for the rest of us.
It’s graphic: How novel!
Summer blockbusters are box-office poison? Here are some anidotes.
Faded and freshened, Michigan’s small towns get their due.