Author: thinaar

  • More Questions About Detroit (And Other Places)

    “In particular, indigenous peoples and people of color become the occasion by which the white subject can self-reflect on her/his privilege.” – Andrea Smith,“The Problem With Privilege.” The post I wrote over the summer about Detroit was nicely picked up by Culturebot, and was praised by a lot of my friends. Soon after I put it…

  • Dual Economies

    My first visit to Detroit, in 1994, was also the first time I caught a glimpse of my future father-in-law John Meyer. He was out behind his church, which was across the street from the now-defunct Tiger Stadium in Corktown. A strong, stern but joyous-looking man in a clerical collar, he directed sports fans’ cars…

  • Night Walk, Catskills, June 2013


  • TCG Roundtable On Innovation

    Coming off the three-city premiere of City Council Meeting last month, I wrote this in preparation for TCG’s annual conference. CONCURRENCIES

  • I Don’t Brand

    In the last two or three weeks, I’ve been asked to be a part of several workshops or panel discussions on the importance of ‘branding.’ Know your brand, You Are Your Brand, etc. It makes me wonder if I’ve been doing something wrong, teaching the kinds of professional development workshops I do. To me, the…

  • The Times’ Real Estate Section Makes Me Mad

    In 2000, I wrote copy at a dot com startup called, which was either ahead of its time, a dumb idea, or both. It folded about eight months after I got there, and for a few months I got unemployment (what my wife called a ‘Department Of Labor Fellowship’) between freelance gigs. I was…

  • Thought of the day

    I don’t care about the amount of arts funding we have in this country. I care about the distribution of resources. I don’t care about grants. I care about health care. More on this later.

  • Tim Etchells Wrote What I Wish I Had Written, And Hopefully Will Write At Some Point Soon

    “I believe in that, he said. Performance creates a space in which different kinds of contact are possible, different kinds of conversations. It is a place to step out of, side step from the general tendency to commodified lust wrapped, crushed and hidden in panic and terror.” – Tim Etchells

  • 2013 morning oatmeal anecdote

    In our house, everyone likes oatmeal. And for people who know us, “our house” means many different locations these days, as Jo goes through grad school in Illinois and I come back and forth and go elsewhere for work. So the idea of “home is what you make of it” or “home is what you…

  • Against the binary

    I am tired of binary arguments on the web. This blog is dedicated to something else. Otherwise you’re just wrong and I’m just right. More to follow.