Lawful Abuse: How the Century of the Child became the Century of the Corporation. A powerful indictment of America’s abandonment of human beings, and children in particular, in favor of corporations, this account exposes the child labor, indentured servitude, and child slavery that are undeniable parts of American history. Arguing that following the election of Ronald Reagan, legislation began to support corporations at the expense of the American people, this book demonstrates how this nation’s intellectual capital was squandered. Deregulation and lax enforcement caused unnecessary deaths to workers in many fields, but far greater are the numbers of deaths and disabilities to fetuses, babies, and children—numbers that will only increase until voters decide to stop the destruction of America and its children.


Vietnam Memoir: A Personal War In Vietnam - These five previously unpublished essays examine the  "pacification efforts" of Vietnam whereby teams of mixed units of American Marines and Vietnamese Popular Forces members labored in the villages to win the "hearts and minds" of Vietnamese peasants to their political way of thinking.  Critics comments.


Living with the Hyenas
A moving collection of short stories of the isolated and emotionally disenfranchised forgotten by society.  Critics comments.

Seasonal Rain
A collection of tender stories, some about Americans, some about Vietnamese who lives are defined by their resilience in the face of adversity.  See what the critics say.

Slouching towards Zion
A collection of twenty-three stories that have hope, faith, and love as their common denominator. They are funny, political, and more than a bit prophetic as well as being superbly crafted. What the critics say.


When I was Just Your Age, oral histories, edited with Susan Russell
The childhood memories of thirteen remarkable people create a unique oral history of growing up in another era.
Read the critics' remarks.

Paul Baker and the Integration of Abilities - Paul Baker is considered by many to be a creative genius.  Integration of Abilities is his philosophy and methodology for his studies of the elements of form which serve as a connecting force for all learning and creative activities.

Growing Up a Sullen Baptist
A collection of seventeen essays where Flynn examines the world from the point of view of a Baptist turned Marine with satirical  humor and blunted anger.  Critics comments.

Flynn's Other Published Work


A Personal War in Vietnam 

“Flynn does the kind of reporting on Vietnam soldiers that Ernie Pyle did about the American GIs of World War II.”  Dallas News

“At the heart of this gritty book is Flynn’s record of what the Marines went through and how they felt.”  The Veteran

“Flynn”s work is a valuable piece of military history because of its detailed descriptions of the daily operations of CUPP teams.  A CUPP team was basically a rifle squad with a Navy corpsman, stationed in a remote Vietnamese village...does not moralize on the Vietnam War but presents a vivid and compassionate picture of what war was like for these men.”  Military Review

“This kind of Vietnam War history writing--original and significant--is rare, and we need much more of it.”  Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Seasonal Rain:

Winner of the 1986 Texas Literary Award, “The Saviour of the Bees,” and “Christmas in a Very Small Place,” were winners in the PEN short fiction contest.

“An Impressive collection,” The Kirkus Reviews

“With a soft, almost breathless poignancy he reveals the power of the human heart...Displaying the same talent that made North to Yesterday a classic in Western literature, he demonstrates here the vitality of the short story.”  Review of Texas Books

Living with the Hyenas - winner of Western Heritage Award from National Cowboy Hall of Fame

“...perfectly demonstrates how these wise, artful stories catch the ways in which we accept or deny what we see when the unexpected casts a bright light on our lives.”  New York Times Review of Books

“ wasted words anywhere, and at the same time, after reading one of these stories, one has the sense of having enjoyed and being overwhelmed by a much longer work.”  Houston Chronicle

“nothing is more scarce these days than dignity.  Not so the people in Flynn’s collection of stories...The recurring theme of insistence on dignity gives these stories common ground...” Dallas Morning News

“Flynn is a master storyteller.”  Annie Dillard

“ordinary heroes caught in exotic conflicts, lonely and on the edge, traps only partly of their own making...They dream of courage and glory but suddenly discover truths about themselves in the dangers and suffering of what they must do alone.”  Walter McDonald

Growing Up a Sullen Baptist, and other lies

“...Flynn never bores.  If you’ve ever heard him read or give a talk, you know what I mean.  If you’ve read him before, you’re probably already hooked.”  Walt McDonald

“Flynn is the funniest man in Texas...reverent, irreverent, acerbic, satiric, sensitive and thoughtful.  This book shows Flynn at his very best, but will it get him into heaven.”  James Ward Lee

After hearing the author read “Truth and Beauty” from the collection Art Spikol wrote, “Flynn captivated me and the audience in a way that I’d rarely witnessed.  No stand-up comic ever made me laugh like that.  No words in print ever took me from laughter to tears so quickly.  And when it was over and the audience applauded, stunned by the magic of plain words and plain talk...the evening’s program was over...Flynn would not have been an easy act to follow.”  Writers Digest

Slouching Toward Zion and more lies

“With piercing satire and rare humor, Flynn tells shameless hypocrites they are shameless hypocrites.  We are beholden to him.”  Will D. Campbell

“All institutions live by the myths passed on from generation to generation.  Flynn helps us separate the shaping truths from the lies.”  Rev. Raymond Bailey

“Flynn’s  prose cuts like St. Michael’s sword slicing through the smug heart of a believer too comfortable in his faith.  He is raw, woolly, and wild-eyed and very necessary.”  Jill A. Essbaum

When I Was Just Your Age

“These Texans had problems and joys...and their value systems will lead to interesting discussions.  Maury Maverick’s disarming observation that at sixty-five he still had not decided what he wanted to be, Horton Foote’s comments on pecan trees and houses that survived hurricanes, and Nakai Breen’s experiences as a Cherokee living with the Kickapoo are a sampling of the delights...” East Texas Historical Association

“future biographers of Horton Foote, Maury Maverick, Stanley Marcus, Paul Baker, and others will neglect these products of child research at their peril.”  Southwestern Historical Quarterly

“...this collection of oral histories is intimate, authentic, and filled with arresting details...As a child Mary Chism saw how a tornado ‘blowed a (400 pound) sow on up a tree and scalded the hair off her.’..this marvelous book concludes with valuable activities for young historians who wish to collect the living memories that surround them.”  Booklist

“Whereas some of these folks, Mr. Stanley Marcus for example, have been the subject of biographical writing before, the insights offered in response to the prompting questions...are different  Tinged with nostalgia, they are pitched to capture much of the hardship as well as the happiness of what these famous and near-famous people recall from their own childhoods.”  Dallas Morning News

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