Mitch Albom is a sportswriter, but also much more. He wrote a brilliant book called Tuesdays with Morrie about a teacher of his living his way through a death from Lou Gehrig's Disease. I read it and cried and decided again to live every day of my life. He is a storyteller like too few around and Joe Katzman at Winds of Change points out a piece that perfectly illustrates why. He made his bones writing for the Detroit Free Press and he has rust in his blood. His piece about what keeps that city going is as good as anything I can remember reading in years. America is not great becuse our pampered elites sit and sip lattes while whining about how tough their lives are. It's great because men and women get up at the crack of dawn and bust their ass all day for a dollar and then go home and listen to the kids holler (reference?). Detroit is a tough town where tough people live a tough life. Mitch Albom will make you feel that. I enjoy being a rant-driven beatdown artist, but when I read something like this, I stop and say, Bravo.