Author Archives: Toby Barlow

Toby Barlow

About Toby Barlow

Toby Barlow is a writer who lives in Detroit. He is the author of the Alex-award-winning Sharp Teeth and the upcoming novel Babayaga. His writing has appeared in The New York Times and N+1.
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The Green, the Black and the High

Toby Barlow’s modest proposal for the new economy – the new drug economy – when countless African Americans are in jail for just what’s being legalized. Continue reading




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A Rogue’s Gallery – Selling off Detroit

As Detroit’s Emergency Manager threatens to sell off the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection, Toby Barlow comes in with a radical suggestion: Sell off the banks’ art collections to save Detroit. Continue reading




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Detroit: Pictures of a Neighborhood

Why are boats washing up in Detroit? Not, Toby Barlow explains, because things are going swimmingly. With photos by Scott Hocking. Continue reading




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