Arts & Culture

  1. Maker of heroes

    How Dwayne McDuffie created some of the comics’ first black superheroes, invented the first heroic clean-up crew, and keeps kids TV icon Ben 10 in business.

  2. The dean of network news

    As president of ABC News, U-M alumnus David Westin is one of the most important figures in TV news. It’s a long way from a childhood in Flint and Ann Arbor.

  3. The quintessential correspondent

    30 years ago, reporter Tony Collings took a chance on a job with a brand new TV network called CNN. Now on the U-M faculty, he looks back at a time when 24/7 news seemed nutty.

  4. Artist of the Chill and Canyon

    Lawrence Kasdan, director of ‘The Big Chill,’ ‘Grand Canyon’ and other classics, recalls his U-M days.

  5. The flap over ‘Flaming Creatures’

    The 1967 on-campus screening of the experimental film epitomized the era: controversy over content that was either “art” or “filth,” battles over academic freedom and angry protests by students.

  6. The Del Rio: Hippie hotbed

    Second home to radicals, hipsters, jazz lovers, rock stars, nudists, DetBurgers, giant burritos and the Midwest’s most hostile waitstaff, the Del Rio bar embodied countercultural Ann Arbor—until it finally outlived its times and closed. In this book excerpt, the Del’s former owner Ernie Harburg remembers when Ann Arbor was a very different place.

  7. 'Paul is Dead!' (said Fred)

    Forty years ago, a prankish article in the Michigan Daily helped create a modern myth: Beatle Paul McCartney was dead.

  8. Veterans Radio

    U-M alumni and Vietnam veterans Dale Throneberry and Bob Gould found their calling in the stories of fellow vets.

  9. A life on the edge

    Journalist and U-M alumnus Frank Viviano has covered war and conflict around the world. Now living at a slower pace in Italy, his combination of experience and distance give him a uniquely informed perspective on world events—and how to live during these times of crisis.