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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Review: From “Flint coney” to “Chevy in the Hole,” Flintstones, Michiganders have unique lingo
May16

Review: From “Flint coney” to “Chevy in the Hole,” Flintstones, Michiganders have unique lingo

By Jan Worth-Nelson Ted McClellan, author of the regionally hot-selling How to Speak Midwestern from Belt Publishing can utter accents from Buffalo to Minneapolis and dissect how those accents came to be.  He can also spell out origins of dozens of beloved and often sarcastic, often hilarious local phrases, from “Ooey Pooey” to “Bloomingulch” to “Naptown,” — and that’s just three...

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Review:  Idiot America by Charles P. Pierce
Jan08

Review: Idiot America by Charles P. Pierce

Review by Robert R. Thomas Reading a book by its cover is dicey business, but a cover can be enticing, both the graphic design and the title and typography. Such was the case with Charles P. Pierce’s IDIOT AMERICA How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free. George Washington, sword drawn, seated on an English saddle with no horn astride a green dinosaur caused me to pick up the book. Pierce, a staff writer for The Boston...

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Book review: Flint represents “domestic terrorism,” “state-sponsored violence” in America at War with Itself
Oct26

Book review: Flint represents “domestic terrorism,” “state-sponsored violence” in America at War with Itself

By Robert R. Thomas In his penetrating new book, America at War with Itself (City Lights Books, 2017), Henry A. Giroux devotes an early chapter to the Flint water crisis, asserting that it epitomizes a menacing “new authoritarianism” and contends that what happened here was “an act of state sponsored violence.” His Chapter Four,  “Poisoned City: Flint and the Specter of Domestic Terrorism,” opens with a...

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Book Review: NOBODY:  Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond
Sep30

Book Review: NOBODY: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond

By Robert R. Thomas In the January 2016 issue of EVM, I wrote a book review of Demolition Means Progress (2015) by Andrew Highsmith, a definitive account of the reality of Flint’s last 80 years. The book arrived in my life at a time when I desperately needed to understand the Flint I had returned to in 2005. Eleven years later life in Flint has come to a new bend in the river where I needed to reflect and review. Where had we come...

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