Vince Carducci is Dean of Undergraduate Studies at College for Creative Studies, a private art and design school in Detroit. Follow him on Twitter @cultrindustreez.
Manufacturing Motown | 26 Jan 2009 // 3:00 PM
Like the nameplates on the auto industry's productive output, Motown's headline acts were brand identities under which cultural commodities were sold.
Confidence Games on Canal Street | 26 Jul 2007 // 6:00 PM
Consumers of counterfeit branded products may be dupes or they may be shrewd shoppers, but they are also communicators; people who demonstrate literacy in the meanings attached to certain symbols in the marketplace both of goods and ideas.
Confessions of a Political Romantic: Christopher Hitchens' 'Hitch-22' | 27 Jun 2010 // 5:00 PM
Hitchens often remarks here on his being a late bloomer, and so it is that some will see the core of Hitch-22 as the story of the author’s inner journey in adulthood from firebrand '60s campus radical to geezery Tory of the Anglo-American variety.
Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places | 25 Feb 2010 // 4:00 PM
Sociologist Sharon Zukin looks at the forces at play in some of the cooler neighborhoods of New York in this update of Jane Jacobs and the principles of urban revitalization for the 21st century.
Minding the Gap of 'The Great Divide' | 12 Jun 2015 // 2:00 AM
Nobel-prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz examines the causes of economic inequality and proposes solutions in this compilation of essays.
September 11, 2001, Is Said to Be the Most Photographed Disaster in History | 14 Jan 2015 // 2:00 AM
9/11 and the Visual Culture of Disaster examines the tremulous memory effects of the destruction of the World Trade Center.
Steve Hughes, Washed in Dirt | 14 May 2012 // 1:00 AM
For a decade and a half, Steve Hughes has published Stupor, a zine that chronicles life in the age of diminished expectations. The newest issue was done in collaboration with international art star (and Björk main squeeze) Matthew Barney.
'The Detroiters' Captures Motor City Advertising, 'Mad Men' Style | 20 Jul 2010 // 2:38 AM
A 50-year-old copy of a pulp fiction novel on advertising in Detroit is the starting point for an investigation into a bit of late 20th-century pop culture.