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Frank Meeink at The Nervous Breakdown

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Hockey nut Frank watching his Flyers during the Stanley Cup

Earlier this year I met Frank Meeink, and reviewed his book, Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead: The Frank Meeink Story as told to Jody M. Roy, M.D, at The Rumpus. My interview with Frank Meeink is now at The Nervous Breakdown. Thanks to everyone who helped, including Erika & Brad at TNB, and Frank, Jody M. Roy, and the crew at Hawthorne Books, especially Liz Crain and Rhonda Hughes. 

Frank and I at Elliot Bay Books

No Swastika!

On December 8, 1984, south of Coupeville on Whidbey Island, the FBI surrounded Robert Mathews’ Greenbank farm house. Mathews had founded The Order, a white supremacist group connected to twelve armed robberies …

Caleb Powell: What did skinheads offer you that was lacking in your life?                                                                                      Frank Meeink: I would definitely say it started with the security…(Read interview here)


Two Reviews: Little Green & Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead

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I recently reviewed two titles of Hawthorne Books at The Rumpus, the just released Little Green, and Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead. Click on images for reviews.

What if all life choices are flawed? In her first novel, Little Green, Loretta Stinson, winner of the Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship in Fiction, introduces Janie Marek, a young girl with few options. Left an orphan in care of an indifferent stepmother, heartbreak propels Janie to run away at the age of sixteen. On the road and needing money, she enters a topless bar; after displaying her wares and lying about her age she is hired. Janie’s life will become worse…

Frank Meeink is the most famous ex-skinhead in America, his life the basis for the character of Derek Vinyard, the neo-Nazi portrayed by Edward Norton in American History X. But Frank is not quite Derek; as he states in Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead, “American History X isn’t my story. It’s every skinhead’s story to some extent… it was every other kid who ever got sucked up into the white supremacy movement…”

Written by Caleb Powell

June 12, 2010 at 9:23 am