The East Village Magazine – August 2021
Aug03

The East Village Magazine – August 2021

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From San Francisco to Chevy-in-the-hole – the Chevy Coupe helped to move America
Jul29

From San Francisco to Chevy-in-the-hole – the Chevy Coupe helped to move America

By Teddy Robertson “Je-zus Christ!” Stress on the first syllable and heavy elongation of the “z” sound. I blurted out one of my father’s favored expletives. My mother had slammed on the brakes and I tumbled off the bench seat of our old Chevy coupe and hit the floor mat beneath. The brown and red threads of the tan plaid upholstery prickled as I clambered back onto the bench seat. It was 1951 and I was six years old. The car was a...

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Village Life:  Viral time revisited, 2021 — personal panic, wine, and the witching hour
Jul09

Village Life: Viral time revisited, 2021 — personal panic, wine, and the witching hour

By Teddy Robertson We were all so new at balancing mortal threat and daily life. Inept, but resourceful. That’s how it felt a year ago this May when East Village Magazine staff shared their first experiences of the COVID pandemic. That’s odder than you might think—reporters usually don’t want to be part of a story. I can hardly recall the details of Spring 2020 now; I had to look them up. Each new order blotted out  memory of...

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He changed my life:  A remembrance of John Lewis
Jul21

He changed my life: A remembrance of John Lewis

By Harold C. Ford “When you see something that is not right, not just, not fair, you have a moral obligation to say something.  To do something.” — John Lewis, December 2019 It was Sunday, March 7, 1965.  I was an 18-year-old freshman student at Flint Community Junior College (FCJC).  I still lived at my parents’ home with four younger siblings. The images on the family’s black and white television had riveted my attention. ...

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Village Life:  Of a big green chair, two bad haircuts and the Ministry of Silly Walks
Jun05

Village Life: Of a big green chair, two bad haircuts and the Ministry of Silly Walks

By Jan Worth-Nelson I seem to have been sitting too long. Day after day of it.  Day after day, for about 75 days now, obsessed with numbers, I’ve pretzeled myself into a big green chair too close to a glaring screen. The chair is sort of a comfort—it’s wide enough to accommodate the girth of me, widened by what I’ve come to call my “Trump Ten.” Okay, maybe it’s 15 by now. The chair is deep enough to make me feel safely ensconced, as...

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Commentary:  Vote by mail is an idea whose time has come
Jun04

Commentary: Vote by mail is an idea whose time has come

By Paul Rozycki How do you want to vote this year?  No, I don’t mean whether you like Democrats, Republicans, Joe Biden, or Donald Trump.  I mean, how do you actually want to cast your ballot?  It seems simple, but there are a lot of choices. It’s been done many ways Voting: It’s the most basic ritual of our elections, and it’s at the heart of what we call the democratic process.  At one time, voting was done by voice vote in public,...

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