Book Review:  Connor Coyne’s mighty opus compels in URBANTASM: Book Three — The Darkest Road
Aug17

Book Review: Connor Coyne’s mighty opus compels in URBANTASM: Book Three — The Darkest Road

By Robert Thomas Urbantasm is categorized as a magical teen noir serial novel composed of four books. The Darkest Road is Book Three of the series created by Flint writer Connor Coyne. But it is much more than a teen novel.  It is a massive creation from Coyne’s omnivorous mind, and an often gripping evocation of the throes of a struggling city. Having reviewed the first two books for East Village Magazine The Dying City (EVM...

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Book Review:  “Standpipe–Delivering Water to Flint” an ode to one man’s witness of troubled times
Apr28

Book Review: “Standpipe–Delivering Water to Flint” an ode to one man’s witness of troubled times

By Jan Worth-Nelson I was prepared to dislike and resent David Hardin’s new book, Standpipe: Delivering Water in Flint.  I expected to rail against it and pronounce my irritation with the tedious audacity of yet another out-of-towner carpetbagging into town and making something of the Flint Water Crisis for their own aggrandizement. Hardin, David Standpipe: Delivering Water in Flint. Cleveland: Belt Publishing, 2021. But something...

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Book Review: In  “Running for Home” descendants of the Sit Down Strike find their race tough to win, no matter how fast they run
Apr22

Book Review: In “Running for Home” descendants of the Sit Down Strike find their race tough to win, no matter how fast they run

By Jan Worth-Nelson Hard on the heels of his well-received nonfiction book Midnight in Vehicle City: General Motors, Flint, and the Strike that Created the Middle Class, Edward “Ted” McClelland has now released his first novel, Running for Home. [McClelland, Edward. Running for Home. Huron, OH: Bottom Dog Press: 2021] [McClelland, Edward. Midnight in Vehicle City: General Motors, Flint, and the Strike that Created the Middle Class....

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Book Review:  Edward McClelland’s Midnight in Vehicle City, General Motors, Flint, and the Strike that Created the Middle Class
Jan27

Book Review: Edward McClelland’s Midnight in Vehicle City, General Motors, Flint, and the Strike that Created the Middle Class

By Harold C. Ford “You are a scoundrel and a skunk…You’ll go to hell when you die if you do things like that.”  –Frances Perkins, U.S. Secretary of Labor, to Alfred Sloan, CEO, General Motors, Jan. 1937 “You can’t talk to me like that…I’ve got seventy million and I made it all myself!” —General Motors CEO Alfred Sloan’s response to Frances Perkins, U. S. Secretary of Labor, Jan. 1937 Edward McClelland’s Midnight in Vehicle City,...

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Book Review: A  five-day odyssey of “Motown Man” explores familiar themes, settings in Flint author Bob Campbell’s first novel
Dec16

Book Review: A five-day odyssey of “Motown Man” explores familiar themes, settings in Flint author Bob Campbell’s first novel

By Harold Ford “The problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the colour-line.” –from Address to the Nations of the World, W. E. B. DuBois, July 1900 “As much as we all try to think we have all reached the promised land, the reality is there’s still alot of separation.” –Bob Campbell, Motown Man author, Dec. 11, 2020 Flint author Bob Campbell’s first book, Motown Man, was virtually launched Dec. 11 via Zoom and...

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Review:  Caste is “the bones,” race “the skin” in America’s body of discontents
Aug19

Review: Caste is “the bones,” race “the skin” in America’s body of discontents

By Robert Thomas Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson offers a deep, scholarly dive into the foundations of human hierarchical organization. “A caste system,” she defines “is an artificial construction, a fixed and embedded ranking of human value that sets the presumed supremacy of one group against the presumed inferiority of other groups on the basis of ancestry and often immutable traits, traits that would...

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