urban living http://nhpr.org en Urban Farming: A Bright Spot In The Collapse Of A Once Great City http://nhpr.org/post/urban-farming-bright-spot-collapse-once-great-city <p>Detroit’s declaration of bankruptcy this summer opened up the floodgates for stories of its decline. Documentary films, photo essays, and articles <a href="http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1882089,00.html">reveal a once-proud American city</a>, home to world’s highest-paid workers and a strong middle class, as a shell of its former self. Some residents are finding hope among the abandoned neighborhoods, crumbling municipal buildings, and rusting car factories that made the motor city hum.</p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:02:14 +0000 Virginia Prescott 771 at http://nhpr.org Urban Farming: A Bright Spot In The Collapse Of A Once Great City The New Literary Sensation Rising From The Street: Thug Lit http://nhpr.org/post/new-literary-sensation-rising-street-thug-lit <p>Depending who you ask, the literary genre known as street lit began when Charles Dickens published <em>Oliver Twist</em> …or in 1969, when<a href="http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Iceberg-Slim/77294270"> Iceberg Slim </a>came out with <em>Pimp</em>. These gritty, slightly lurid, often violent stories focus on the underside of city life.</p><p>People like <a href="https://www.wclarkpublishing.com/">Wahida Clark</a>, a <em>New York Times </em>best-selling author three times over, are becoming more and more successful as thug lit comes into its own. Other popular titles in the genre include <a href="http://www.bobrosenberggroup.com/norris-keenan-brother-and-the-dancer-a-novel-p-7061"><em>Brother and the Dancer </em></a>and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Ski-Mask-Way-Based-Story/dp/0970819188"><em>The Ski Mask Way</em></a>. Now, with several new imprints and tie-ins with the hip hop market, street lit is making a play for the mainstream market. <strong>Darren Sands </strong>is a New York based writer and a freelance reporter for the<em> New York Observer</em>, where he wrote an article called <a href="http://observer.com/2013/05/holler-if-ya-read-me-african-american-writers-and-writers-fret-over-the-future-of-thug-lit/">“Holler if You Read Me: African-American Writers -- and Readers – Fret Over the Future of Thug Lit.”</a> We spoke with him about the state of thug lit and its rising popularity.</p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 14:11:44 +0000 Virginia Prescott 28856 at http://nhpr.org The New Literary Sensation Rising From The Street: Thug Lit