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Issue of 9/8/2010

Cover Story:

Uncle Jerrold and the schwa
by Matthew Wolfe
A curious character's campaign for a curious character


All Along the Watchtower by Brett Callwood
Maybe the best band name in Detroit, or anywhere, but Jehovah's Witness Protection Program say they’re no here-today-gone-today Web sensation

Obama's Iraq problems by Robert Dreyfuss
Why the combat might not really be over

Out in the open by Kent Alexander
Getting to know Secret Twins

Public consumption by Phreddy Wischusen
To celebrate 125 years, the DIA hits the streets


Digital dogs by Bryant Franks (Cheat Code)
Our game reviewer sizes up Kane & Lynch's latest

Food Stuff by Metro Times food staff (Food Stuff)
A restaurant on wheels, local eateries on TV, and more

Countdown to fall by Jim McFarlin (Idiot Boxing)
From worst to best, the season’s most anticipated shows

Letters to the Editor by Metro Times readers (Letters to the Editor)
Our readers sound off on what's in MT

Metro Retro by Metro Times staff (Metro Retro)
Looking back over 30 years of Metro Times

Purple heartache by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Why a Royal Oak resident is protesting all month long

Unfriendly places by News Hits staff (News Hits)
Republican spokesperson joins unfortunate Facebook group

Night and Day by Megan O'Neil (Night and Day)

The numbers game by Jack Lessenberry (Politics and Prejudices)
New population statistics coming, but do we need more than stats?

Drunk & dopey by Dan Savage (Savage Love)
OK, so that was awkward and dumb, but you're not a sex offender

Oakland's bounty! by Metro Times food staff (Short Order)
Notable eateries in Birmingham, Troy and the Bloomfields



Zodiac - Electric Six Reviewed by Brett Callwood (Record)

Junky Star - Ryan Bingham, The Dead Horses Reviewed by Michael Gallucci (Record)

Interpol - Interpol Reviewed by Michael Gallucci (Record)

False Priest - Of Montreal Reviewed by Dan Weiss (Record)


The American Reviewed by Jeff Meyers (Movie)
George Clooney plays Jack, a very bad man. How bad? Well, he shoots his innocent and unsuspecting girlfriend in the head in order to preserve his anonymity (don’t worry, I’m not giving away a key plot point). Bad as Jack is, life has become a wearying exercise in paranoia, violence and personal detachment. Not a good place to be for someone whose eyes smolder like Clooney’s. After vengeful killers track him down in Sweden (we’re never made privy to their motives), the morose assassin and arms expert holes up in an Italian mountainside town. While laying low, he’s hired to build a specialized rifle for a fashionably gorgeous gunman (Thekla Reuten), meets an aphorism-spouting priest (Paolo Bonacelli) who seems like a parody of a Graham Greene mouthpiece, and, of course, hooks up with a beautiful young prostitute with a heart of gold (Violante Placido). To be fair, Placido has wonderful nipples. It doesn’t take a degree in film theory to guess how hard it will be for Jack to make this his last job and who’ll end up in the crosshairs of that very special rifle.

Machete Reviewed by Callie Enlow (Movie)

Going the Distance Reviewed by Pamela Zoslov (Movie)
Drew Barrymore plays Erin, a clever 31-year-old graduate student and intern at a New York newspaper. She meets Garrett (Long), an indie record-company employee freshly dumped by his girlfriend, and they bond over shared interests in 1980s music and vintage arcade video games. Their budding romance is propelled with some help from a montage of citywide cavorting, in which Burstein resurrects split-screen techniques that hark back to 1959’s fluffy Pillow Talk. Six weeks into this romantic idyll, Erin must return to California to finish school (Stanford, no less), leaving Garrett to his goofy pals Dan (Charlie Day) and Box (Jason Sudeikis) and his unrealistic music-industry job. The relationship reaches a crisis point when Erin, attempting the quixotic feat of obtaining a fulltime job as a newspaper reporter, receives an offer that will keep her on the West Coast, leaving Garrett to sulk petulantly in his dumpy Manhattan apartment and consider seeking solace with a pretty co-worker (Kelli Garner).


Toasted Oak Grill & Market Reviewed by Jane Slaughter (Restaurant)
The menu is mostly meats, as generally demanded by the traveling businessman on account — St. Louis ribs, flatiron steak, filet mignon, lamb sirloin, beef brisket, a burger on a pretzel roll, steak tartare, house-made kielbasa — but also includes mussels, salt cod croquettes and calamari, a cheese board, and a few fish and pasta dishes, plenty for the non-meat-eater. Some come with hand-cut fries (“frites”) and others with mashed skin-on fingerlings, which are swell. Most dishes feature interesting sauces and some venture into unfamiliar regions of the taste buds. An excellent example of sauced meat was a Black Angus skirt steak, chewy, as expected, but the longer chewing time welcome because of the excellence of the adobo marinade and the chimichurri (a sauce of Argentine origins, oil and vinegar, onions, garlic, herbs). But what you should really take advantage of is Grostick’s expertise in charcuterie, including a terrine of the day, a chicken liver and foie gras paté, rillettes of smoked salmon and pork, and a market charcuterie plate with house-pickled vegetables.