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one year a closed auto supply plant Having grown *be one year in a closed auto supply plant Having grown in Janesville WI ome of the GM Suburban Tahoe Yukon I am well acuainted with what it an automobile plant can mean to a town Having left just a few years before it closed I was looking forward to a story of the plant employees on the way out what they would miss what they wouldn t what they re doing next and Practical Prinkery how they feel about itThis book actually deals with the next step whatappens after it closes It was interesting to learn all that goes on with clearing out the facility from security personnel to riggers moving the actual euipment I wish the characters ad been explored to a greater extent but they still gave you a sense of who these people are and where they come from The trip to Mexico at the end to see some of the euipment was insightful and I couldn t ave certainly went for of that as wellI enjoyed the book learned uite a bit but it wasn t uite what the title sold it as This book describes the disassembly of the Detroit Budd Plant part of the decades long disassembly of a city class skill set culture and language That does seem like something we at least ought to record doesn t it this shift from the America of 100 years much of the nation s lifetime as creator and producer of goods with a large middle class as a point of pride to something else to be determined But very few people are documenting and writing about it aside from ruin porn and even fewer are doing it as sympathetically thoughtfully and non judgmentally as Paul ClemensClemens is a keen observer and faithful recorder of the way people speak and thankfully uses The Art of Not Breathing heftyelpings of uotations to share with us I like Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys (Annie Graceland Mystery hisonesty and the way in which A Peoples Tragedy he situatesimself in the narrative which elps readers situate themselves in the context of a closing factory I like the fact that Clemens doesn t altogether avoid giving is personal opinion of certain matters and that Deadly Fallout (Red Stone Security, he lets emotion in if uietly We use a lot of non attributional language to describe the economic changes taking place in the US which implies that no one is to blame so much as forces beyond our control The language in the Plant Closing News Clemens uotes is like this for example This language may remove or dulluman agency but it cannot change the very real Akshyay Mulberry Vol.One human effects ofigh unemployment and watching one s surrounds fall apart Clemens shows what it is like to be part of that experience vs staring at beautiful ruin photos chock full of nature and devoid of people There are still people in Detroit and other Rust Belt cities and none of us know what they are supposed to do next and so we d rather not think about themDon t do that Read this book instead It s beautiful and one of the few documents we Como Abrir Mentes Fechadas have of what real people are going through on the ground in America s transition to post industrialism This book will I think become an increasingly importantistorical reference as time goes on we Devils Gate have so much evidence of our build up to industrialization and so little of the decline Perhaps Greenfield Village can acuire Mr Budd s old plaster peeling office from the Budd Plant as its firstistorical showcase item of decline I was expecting to read about an auto plant that was scheduled to close and about the impact on its employees After all the subtitle is One Year in a Closing Auto Plant But the plant Budd Company s Detroit stamping plant is already closed when most of the book takes place After the plant closed none of the workers were Budd employees although a couple were former employees The author connects with some of the workers but they come and go without much explanation The author says Morale was low turnover was The Old Myers Place (Halloween, high and I kept my distance clear of the crew s internal dramas Wait Aren t you writing a book about Whate s writing about is Witcheskin how an industrial plant is dismantled who does the work and whatappens to the stuff inside In the bigger picture what the author sees is a Jack Glass hollowing out The Budd plant becomes auge empty shell slowly imploding as the structure deteriorates It s in a city Detroit that as become an empty shell imploding as its population declines and its society deteriorates And it asks the uestion As good paying middle class jobs disappear will America become an empty shellPretty serious stuff But not grim because of thoughtful writing and the character and umor of the workers They recognize the irony They make a living by eliminating the tools that enabled people like them to make a living But there s a job to do problems to be solved bills to be paid lives to be lived No one is going to do it for them so they go to work at the freezing cold Budd plantAs America segre. An elegy angry funny and powerfully detailed about the slow death of a Detroit auto plant and an American way of life How does a country dismantle a century’s worth of its industrial eritage To answer that uestion Paul Clemens investigates the 2006 closing of one of America’s most potent symbols a Detroit auto plant Prior to its closing th. ,

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Gates along a widening gap between class and class it s worth remembering that the lower class is than tattoos DUIs and child support It s what we used to call the working class I was going to give this one an extra star just for covering a topic dear to my eart but this is no Monkey s Wrench or even Rivethead or Gulf Star 45 Punching Out isn t really about the closing of a factory at all it s Part Two of Paul Clemens mildly interesting How A Relatively Overachieving Lower Middle Class Catholic Boy Became A Nonfiction Writer *saga We follow Paul the main character of the book as e *We follow Paul the main character of the book as e around Detroit looks up OLD BUSINESS DIRECTORIES AT THE LIBRARY BROODS OVER THE business directories at the library broods over the and occasionally speaks with a security guard all the while making am Never Goodbye (Albany Boys, handed literary allusionsEven so I was willing to rate three stars until I reached this passage which concerns the Arkansas Boys a trio ofillbilly machinery movers whose stoicaltaciturn competence sort of symbolizes the lost manliness of the disappearing white working class to Clemens They re presented as the most interesting figures in the book and e s too shy to talk to them in a relaxed social settingBy the time the Arkansas Boys ad walked into the bar and seated themselves at a table I d lost my nerve to approach them This was their Hunted by Herne (Otherkind Kink: Horned Gods, habitat not mine and I was out of my depth sipping my Coke I continued to observe their work from a distance as Iad for monthsAt this point I could only say Dude you re in the wrong line of work and de rate Lady Lorena’s Spinster’s Society him one star He should put the ruins of Detroit behindim and just concentrate on meta memoir The first On the First Night of Christmas half of the book is really good You follow the author around whilee gives you a P.S. Im Pregnant history of the automotive industry in Detroit The secondalf gets a bit monotonous Chapter after chapter of Tigress for Two (Alaskan Tigers, how a plant gets stripped and sold off He doesis best to make the limited cast of characters sound like outlaws and misfits but it only goes so far Decent read if you re into Cult Science Fiction Films history or from the area but not something I d recommend for pleasure Detroit Dreams Disassembled Paul Clemens Punching OutI own a Say Nice Things About Detroit T shirt colored gray appropriately enough It plaintively asks us to remember please that the city needs ourelp The Motor City which once brought to mind Chevy muscle cars and Stevie Wonder now makes many think of rust racial animosity and murder when they think of it at all Paul Clemens the author of Punching Out One Year in a Closing Auto Plant would say that we can t afford to ignore is city much longer What s bad for GM is bad for the country and the deindustrialization that as been taking place in Detroit and elsewhere is beginning to Sailor Moon Episode Lists have deep and unpleasant ramifications for tens of millions of peopleFor Clemens it s personal Head deep roots in the neighborhood around the now defunct Budd Company stamping plant a supplier of auto body parts to all the major car manufacturers When Attentions Throbbing he read in 2006 that Budd s would closee set out to find out what that really meant After the pink slips Dark Reflections (Dark Reflections, he spent a year watching the massive steel presses be disassembled loaded onto trucks and shipped to China and Brazil or melted for scrap He follows one press which once produced parts for a nearby Chrysler plant as it is trucked and reassembled in Mexico where it now stamps parts for ChryslerClemens is a wonderful writer who shows rather than tells introducing us to the motley crew of riggers security guards and truckers who empty the plant until it becomes one exhaustedulk on the Detroit skyline We taste the gritty dust just as we feel the marshmallowy softness of the rubber boots propped too close to a steel barrel burning oil soaked floor tiles to keep out the Detroit winter It s clear that we are watching workers who are disassembling their own and others American dreamsRead the full review Spinetinglers Anthology 2008 here This was an unexpected delight I came across this after a family trip to DetroitClemensas an ear for dialogue and the way people talk and I loved Angélique à Québec (Angelique: Original version hearing that the stories of working people that don t usually getHis turns of phrase and uotations of those of others were often gorgeous and sharpThe arty delectation of Detroit s destruction ruin porn as it s called Iadn t Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity heard the phrase ruin porn before but it s perfect one of the things I found most mesmerizing on a delightful Urban Adventures tour of Detroit go with Bobe s fabulous was The Doughboys his photos of the insides of some of the abandoned buildings we were seeing especially of a sumptuously gold leaf decorated arched ceiling inside an abandoned building whichad been converted into a parking garage Bob shared those photos but what 魔法使いの涙 [Mahou Tsukai no Namida] he really wanted to talk about was the revitalization of downtown. E Budd Company stamping plant on Detroit’s East Side built in 1919 was one of the oldest active auto plants in America’s foremost industrial city one whoseistory includes the nation’s proudest moments and those of its working class Its closing also reflects the character of the country in a new era the sad brutal process of picking it The art scene the young people moving back He was impatient with About Decay And about decay and good reasons I see now uotes an article by Nick Paumgarten on the moral calculus of arty enthusiasm for urban obsolescence there is something decadent about the forma curation of rust and the fetishizing of decay 35Although Clemens Futurity hilariously claimed on The Daily Show that the book was a description without a thesise does touch on deeper political choices and shibboleths one of them being the idea though Ouija in Suburbia he doesn t flesh it out that the ideal ofome ownership Reclaiming Authentic Fundamentalism has not done working people any favors It s *worth trying to describe the isolation surrounding the plante writes In *trying to describe the isolation surrounding the plant Lenora he writes In neighborhoods just north of the Budd plant 23 to 34 of the land is occupied by vacant lots or vacantouses IF you re from Michigan or a Rust Belt state you re likely to find this book incredibly sad and wistfully funny It shows Caz Sanatı how complicated the forces are behind the crumbling of Michigan s manufacturing base and the inevitability of the emptying of it s cities It s an important read and you ll understand your neighbors and towns the better for itIf you re not from Michigan you ll probably just think it s too bad and you ll move on And you don t need to read it Really this is probably only a 3 on the enjoyment scale for me but it gets an extra star for being a really good concept for a book Clemens gives an account not of the last operating days of the plant but of the aftermath the dismantling and shipping off of the plant to Asia Mexico or South America where the machinery will be put back into service again often for the same companies who used it in its originalome in Detroit He spends time with the people who performs this work and goes to great pains to understand and Desire Sensibility humanize themI ll confess to being one of those artsy types Clemens makes fun of in the early part of the book who from time to time sneak into old abandoned factories and warehouses taking photographs and wondering at what once went on inside But this experience for me in my case the old railyard buildings in Albuuerue back when they were abandoned also added to an understanding of the sort of vast spaces massive machinery and wooden floors similar to the ones in this book thate s talking about It s ard to really grasp the scale unless you ve see them yourself but I definitely understand first and something of the awe The Faerie Godmothers Apprentice Wore Green he tries to create when writing about the auto plantsClemens account goes beyond this one plant to cover some of the deconstruction of the American auto industry Thankfully it avoids a lot of the political and emotional overtones and instead keeps a fairly solid documentarian tone If you re looking for a story there isn t too much of a narrative but there are characters andistory galore Just the The Sorcerer of the North (Rangers Apprentice history of the Budd auto plant and the innovation behind the switch from wooden to steel automobile bodies made the book worthwhile for me in aistorical context By the end of the book Clemens acknowledges that Practicing History he doesn t know whate ll do when e doesn t ave the plant to go to every day the routine the friends Some Thing Black heas made there the simple regular act of work or in McClellans Other Story his case observing people work And that than anything I found touching I look forward to seeing what Clemens turnsis Cant You Make Them Behave, King George? hand to next I found this book to be a great account of whatappens when an auto plant in Detroit closes Paul Clemens takes you inside the Budd Auto Plant right after its closing The first part of the book is a Leonardo da Vinci history of various Detroit plants and then a meeting with the UAW representative who represented the workers in the Budd Plant who describes whatappens at that point to the workers He then moves on to Enkätboken hanging out with the riggers and the cleaning crew who take apart the machines and parts of the assembly lines to go to the people who won them in auctions who are coming from China Brazil Germany Canada and Mexico The interviews with members of the staff who come in to clean out the plant and liuidate the machines are very informative These are usually people with very little education or people whoave a Introduction to the Spiritist Philosophy hard time finding regular employment whoave negative views of union workers or Play Me, Im Yours have worked on the assembly lines themselves at one time One employee discussedow Health at Every Size he wanted to work at Ford s and managed to do so Another gives an interesting take thate worked to put the assembly lines together for a living and then it came to a point where The Kings Witch (Frances Gorges Trilogy head to learn Polvere alla polvere how to take assembly lines apart to earn a living A lot of great insights andumoring moments in the book when it comes to our dying manufacturing industry in America and the fall of Detroit s auto plants for cheaper production and outsourcing. Part and sending it piece by piece to the countries that now ave use for its machines Punching Out is an up close report at once tender and angry from the meanest sharpest edge of America’s deindustrializa­tion and a lament for a working class culture that once defined a prosperous America and that is now on the verge of eco­nomic extincti.