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"Tales from the Assembly Line."

Writer Ben Hamper. His funny first-person account of working in GM's auto factory is "Rivethead: Tales from the Assembly Line." Hamper is a third generation auto worker in Flint, Michigan. He first started writing when he submitted articles to the alternative newspaper, "The Flint Voice." The editor then was Michael Moore, who made the documentary "Roger and Me." From a Village Voice review, "The material is Beat and blunt...dense with sensations close to the metal floor...Ben Hamper is a modern worker writer, proletarian journalist and one of the best writers I know about." ("Rivethead," is published by Warner Books). (Interview by Marty Moss-Coane)


Other segments from the episode on August 9, 1991

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, August 9, 1991: Interview with Ben Hamper; Interview with Stryker McGuire; Review of the films "Pure Luck" and "Delirious."


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