The city of Detroit, Michigan, home of the American car industry, has filed for bankruptcy, and of all the indignities and injustices the people there are going through, I feel this one most acutely: creditors want to sell off the collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts. A city without art stops being a city at all; it’s just a random collection of human beings, like the crowd at a bus station or the set of people driving I-75. (Carlos Osorio/Associated Press)

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