Track of the Day: ‘Flint (for the Unemployed and Underpaid)’ by Sufjan Stevens

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A reader has trouble picking one song for the series:

I like Beirut’s “Santa Fe” and Weird Al’s “Albuquerque.” (I grew up in New Mexico.) There are so many good answers to this, but I think most of Sufjan Stevens’ album Illinois is amazing, even if I have no personal ties to that region.

Sufjan’s other state-based album, Michigan, is nearly as good as Illinois, and I do have personal ties to Michigan—I was born in Alma and my dad now lives in East Tawas—but I haven’t live there much at all, let alone Flint. So if any Flint natives want to reflect on your city, especially in light of the horrible water crisis, drop me a note and I’ll update.

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