Former MT Culture Editor is Remembered Fondly
A life well performed.
Published: June 5, 2013
He recalled that she once hit him with the line “Your karma just ran over my dogma.”
I asked to repeat the line to make sure I had it straight.
I’m sure that in the long run, it was Sarah’s karma that did most of the running over.
–W. Kim Heron, former managing editor and editor, Metro Times
“Real story finder”
Sarah Klein had a wonderful talent for finding stories that combined two elements you wouldn’t think went together at all. Suburbia and Satanists. Islam and LGBT. Role-playing games in living action. Pole dancing and suburban moms. Quadriplegics and rugby. Bikers and born-again Christianity. Vaginas and plastic surgery. She had a knack for not only fusing these concepts that seemed diametrically opposed to each other, but making it real and believable. She could plunge into a controversial topic and come up with a moving portrait of a real human being. She never took any low blows or plucked any low-hanging jokes, but let the glorious oddity of her subjects shine through. In person, she could be brusque or blunt, and suffered from no outward shortage of self-esteem. That said, in this business, if you’re a woman, you have to be tough. That she was. — Michael Jackman, Metro Times managing editor
“Always a laugh”
I sat in the office adjacent to Sarah’s when we worked at the Metro Times. She was loud, opinionated and laughed — a lot. A perfect coworker, in other words. She helped me out when I was still new kid on the block in an office full of strong personalities. She knew how to find a great story about offbeat Detroit and how to write it up. Expressing herself was not something she found difficult, either in writing or in daily life.
One thing I will say - if she had to go, I think she would have appreciated it being via a collision with a party bus. — Ben Lefebvre, former Metro Times staff writer
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