Detroit 1967:  a movie, a book, and a searing memory of when the riots hit Flint
Aug24

Detroit 1967: a movie, a book, and a searing memory of when the riots hit Flint

by Harold C. Ford “A riot is the language of the unheard.”  —Martin Luther King “The officer hit him and said, ‘We’re going to kill all of you black-ass nigger pimps and throw you in the river. We’re going to fill up the Detroit River with all you pimps and whores’” –from The Algiers Motel Incident, John Hersey, 1968 1960s Mississippi? No, 1960s Detroit. During the evening/early-morning hours of July 25-26, 1967 law...

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Print show honoring DAS Print great William Stolpin opening at FIA Sept. 16
Aug20

Print show honoring DAS Print great William Stolpin opening at FIA Sept. 16

By Jan Worth-Nelson   Note: Sadly, we have been notified that Bill died this morning, Aug. 21. Considering how much he loved space, it seems right that the sun will go dark as he passes to the other side. RIP, William Stolpin. William Stolpin, one of two remaining members of the legendary Southeast Michigan artists’ collaborative known as DAS Print Company, is being honored in a retrospective of 29 of his works at the Flint...

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Review:  Quoting Comey,”The Chickenshit Club” eyes why the DOJ goes easy on bankers
Aug19

Review: Quoting Comey,”The Chickenshit Club” eyes why the DOJ goes easy on bankers

By Robert R. Thomas My wife, a retired librarian, came across a blurb for this book, of which she said, “This looks to be right up your alley.” She was correct, as usual, on many levels. I am hardly the only American who has never been satisfied by any answers as to why no banksters went to jail in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial malfeasance.  In The Chickenshit Club:  Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute...

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Book Review:  Sing for Your Life, a Story of Race, Music, and Family
Jul02

Book Review: Sing for Your Life, a Story of Race, Music, and Family

 by Harold C. Ford In 1994 at the age of 12, Ryan Speedo Green was taken forcibly to Virginia’s infamous DeJarnette Center after he threatened to kill his mother and his brother. The lowest point for Green at DeJarnette may have been when his downward spiraling behavior landed him in solitary confinement, as related by Daniel Bergner in the 2016 book Sing for Your Life, A Story of Race, Music and Family: “He stood at the door...

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Review: Why are we killing the planet? “The Myth of Human Supremacy” nails troubling answers
Jun19

Review: Why are we killing the planet? “The Myth of Human Supremacy” nails troubling answers

By Robert R. Thomas Human supremacy, according to Derrick Jensen, is a contradiction in terms. In The Myth of Human Supremacy, Jensen’s impassioned and intelligent analysis of the myth that proclaims we humans are superior beings, posits his approach with essential questions like, superior to what and whom? and the how and the why of that? Dedicated to Planet Earth, the book’s opening quote from Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of...

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Review:  “The Kremlin Playbook” depicts eroding democracies, prompting heebie-jeebies
May29

Review: “The Kremlin Playbook” depicts eroding democracies, prompting heebie-jeebies

By Robert R. Thomas While looking for a Canadian hockey channel between the interminable rash of mind-numbing commercials during the final two minutes of a basketball game, I stumbled upon the conclusion to a C-SPAN telecast of a federal intelligence hearing. I never got back to the the game. What caught my attention was mention of a book with a jock title: The Kremlin Playbook. Published in October 2016 as a combined report by the...

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