Contributors: April 2011


John Carlisle

As a kid, Carlisle would spend hours leafing through stacks of old albums at mom-and-pop record stores like Record Time, which he highlights in LINK HERE. The business, whose sales were hurt by the rise of digital music, was scheduled to close for good last month. “I’d been going there for 25 years. Watching it transform from a small used-record store in the beginning to a multi-media outlet that lately struggled to stay alive was symbolic of the industry in general. It has been sad to see.” A Detroit native, Carlisle writes about and photographs life in Detroit for the Metro Times.


Justin Maconochie

Ferndale-based photographer and frequent Hour Detroit contributor Maconochie says photographing the 87-acre grounds of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores LINK was like “getting lost in history.” Not much changes when photographing historic landmarks, “so I tried to imagine what it must have been like for the [kids]” he says. “Can you imagine having your own lagoon and island? It felt like a fantasy, and that’s the approach I took.”



Julie Alvin

Alvin worked for Details and Cookie magazines in New York City before recently returning to her hometown of Grosse Pointe Park. She spent much of 2010 eating stellar street food while backpacking around Southeast Asia and South America, but her heart still belongs to Niki’s pizza and Coney Island Hanis. Back home, she’s excited to be reporting on Detroit’s burgeoning food scene LINK. “I loved learning about the underground-dining movement here,” Alvin says. “In New York, good-food devotees are a dime a dozen, but here, those who choose to get involved seem that much more dedicated, innovative, and special. They’re doing great things for the city.” Alvin’s favorite interview to date was with idol and former Gourmet Editor-in-Chief Ruth Reichl.


Kay Nguyen

Nguyen, an editorial intern and junior at Oakland University (OU), was inspired to begin figure skating after watching the 1998 Winter Olympics. After realizing that landing a triple axel was not a realistic goal, she set her sights on writing, a move much encouraged by her parents. In the April issue, Nguyen combined her loves of skating and writing in a piece about “synchro” and its Michigan roots. Nguyen, editor of The Oakland Post, OU’s independent student newspaper, says she’s eager to see what other stories she can tell readers during her time at Hour Detroit.