Central American turmoil and revolution highlight Flint author’s first novel
Mar18

Central American turmoil and revolution highlight Flint author’s first novel

By Paul Rozycki It may have been St. Paddy’s Day March 17, but that didn’t stop a number of leading Hispanic leaders and their families and friends from gathering at Mott Community College Sunday afternoon to launch a newly published novel by Flint-based author Martin Barillas.  About three dozen attended the event at the Regional Technology Center. Barillas’ novel Shaken Earth: A novel of Guatemalan life against Nazi influence is a...

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“America:  The Farewell Tour” by Chris Hedges:  a review
Mar12

“America: The Farewell Tour” by Chris Hedges: a review

Reviewed by Robert R. Thomas An unsettling childhood memory is that things were not as they seemed, and nobody was talking about it. My brother Alan succinctly described our childhood milieu as a “culture of silence.” While reading America: The Farewell Tour, by Chris Hedges, that childhood culture of silence revisited me. The book’s chapters—DECAY, HEROIN, WORK, SADISM, HATE, GAMBLING and FREEDOM—are lucid reveals about the fall of...

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Review:  “A $500 House in Detroit” a familiar, complex story for Flint readers
Feb27

Review: “A $500 House in Detroit” a familiar, complex story for Flint readers

By Harold C. Ford “You’re either part of the solution or you’re part of the problem.”- Eldridge Cleaver “What I learned…was that my goal wasn’t to build a house.  It was to transform myself by building a house.”- author Drew Philp, A $500 House in Detroit, Rebuilding an Abandoned Home and an American City, 2017, Scribner Don’t buy Drew Philp’s book, A $500 House in Detroit,if all you’re looking for is how-to-do-it lessons on...

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Book Review:  “Winners Take All” pinpoints elites’ “helping and hoarding” while abetting unjust status quo
Oct16

Book Review: “Winners Take All” pinpoints elites’ “helping and hoarding” while abetting unjust status quo

Review by Robert R. Thomas The recent successful Genesee County millage for-the-arts vote, which starting in January and for the next ten years will bring in $8.7 million/year of taxpayers’ money to a dozen nonprofit arts organizations, got me thinking about the mingling of private and public monies and how that business/governance hybrid works, especially the accountability factor. For some insight, if not answers, I turned to...

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Book Review:  David Buick’s Marvelous Motor Car by Lawrence Gustin
Oct13

Book Review: David Buick’s Marvelous Motor Car by Lawrence Gustin

by Harold C. Ford Get your name on 40 million cars and you’re bound to find fame and fortune.  Nonetheless, David Dunbar Buick was forgotten first by the company that bears his name, then by the public, and ultimately by historians. Author, Flint native, former Flint Journal reporter and retired Buick assistant public relations director Lawrence Gustin aims to correct this historical oversight with his 2006 book David Buick’s...

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Luminous “JFK:  The Last Speech” essay collection reverberates 55 years after one October day
Sep23

Luminous “JFK: The Last Speech” essay collection reverberates 55 years after one October day

By Robert R. Thomas On Oct, 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy gave his last public speech, at Amherst College in western Massachusetts.   The occasion of Kennedy’s Convocation Address at Amherst was the ground-breaking ceremony for the Robert Frost Library.  Frost, an avid friend and supporter of JFK, had taught at Amherst for many years and had died the previous January. A month later,  JFK himself would be dead, assassinated in...

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