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.
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: