Sunday, June 16, 2013

Erica Firment, Librarian Avengers, and Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City

Erica Firment, a Flint Expatriate who lives near me in San Francisco, has been publishing a popular website called Librarian Avengers since 1997. She's a smart, compelling writer with a lot of attitude, as befits someone from the Vehicle City. She just posted an essay that combines her thoughts on growing up in Flint with a review of Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City. Leave it to a Flintoid to capture the essence of a book about Flint, and to say out loud what a lot of readers might be wondering about me:
The book is called Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City. Gordon writes about life in Flint and San Francisco, often through a lens of real estate. He has gone through the process of trying to buy houses in both cities, a testament to his tenacity and possibly some kind of undiagnosed brain injury. Anyway, you should read it because it’s awesome and it says many of the things that should be said about Flint. The ending is really strong, and I found myself saying “hell yes” out loud a few times. Leaving Flint seems to have given him the perspective he needed to make some peace with the goddamned place.


  1. Wow! Love's Labor Lost...Never look back. Unless of course, you need a conformation.

  2. i wasn't looking for peace with "the goddamned place" but after reading the book and my last visit there i may have found a little. Well said Erica.


Thanks for commenting. I moderate comments, so it may take a while for your comment to appear. You might enjoy my book about Flint called "Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City," a Michigan Notable Book for 2014 and a finalist for the 33rd Annual Northern California Book Award for Creative NonFiction. Filmmaker Michael Moore described Teardown as "a brilliant chronicle of the Mad Maxization of a once-great American city." More information about Teardown is available at