The NYT has a short profile piece and video on Jim Harrison, one of the big four comtemporary writers who are MSU alumni. (A shiny nickel to first person who can name the other three, and a quarter if you can add the up-and-coming, travel writer fifth.)
As I've mentioned before, I have four of Harrison's books on my shelf, and I haven't read any of them, although I have read some of his food writing, of which I am a fan. (If you're not familiar with Harrison, you would probably best recognize him as the author of the novella Legends of the Fall, which spawned the Brad Pitt/Anthony Hopkins film. Again, I must admit that I have neither read the book nor seen the movie. Some expert on MSU authors I am.)
It's worth checking out. (The NYT piece.) Harrison also has an essay on Karl Shapiro’s book Bourgeois Poet in this week's NYT Book Review. As is often the case, Harrison talks about Shapiro, but he's really discussing the life of a working poet.