What are your theories on using real place names in your writing? I know the use of real products, stores, etc. became know as KMart realism back in the seventies and was eventually a joke, but doesn't a judicious use of real placenames give authenticity to the work. Probably anything with a negative spin should be ficticiously named but what about restuaurants, stores, theaters which make the story a Detroit story. And what about now-dead public officials? Can I critique them without inviting a law suit? What do you think?