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Sunday, October 31 2004

Three Miles of Bad Road

No matter that the coast is a mosquito-infested swampland and the region a well-worn corridor for house-destroying hurricanes, newly-created communities along this strip of eastern North Carolina attract wealthy retirees from the northern states. They come with their large sailboats, Lincoln Towncars, and an insatiable desire for golf. But when they emerge from their gated communities they rub elbows, so to speak, with the people who have lived here for generations; many accustomed to working 12 hours a day for minimum wage and no benefits.


Thursday, May 6 2004

godZ and Me

Me and godZ -- fraternal twins of different mothers -- we have tried to curtail the anger within and, despite all odds against us, we feel we have made a positive impact.


Wednesday, July 2 2003

The House of the Scorpion and More: Summer Reading List for Ages 8-15

Now, six years later, things are quite different: George W. is our president, Laura Bush is the First Lady, and the Texas Book Festival has morphed into one of the premier literary events in the country.


Monday, September 24 2001

Steal This List

This summer marks the fiftieth anniversary of J.D. Salinger's classic novel of adolescence adrift, 'The Catcher in the Rye'. Rob Maitra, 'PopMatters' critic and high-school teacher, brings us a report from the field that confirms that, even after half a century, Holden Caulfield is still very much alive -- and kicking.


Southern Exposures [12.Jun.01]

Columns

Wednesday, December 25 2002

Narrative Journeys

I see it as the globalization of the Southern experience.


Tuesday, July 23 2002

Hollering Therapy

Confederate soldiers utilized the Rebel Yell to put fear into the hearts and souls of the Union Army. It also made them happy, I suspect, to holler in the woods.


Tuesday, June 25 2002

The Pantego Mud Run: A Fourth of July Event

Many have described the Mud Run as Heaven on Earth for folks who love beer, tattoos, tube tops, and tobacco


Tuesday, May 28 2002

Touring the South

Agri-tourism. It seems people will pay good money to drive a tractor, weed collards, and pick cotton.


Monday, April 22 2002

Southern Yard Art

. . . the inevitable chemical breakdown of the rubber components of tractor tires . . . combined with the unfortunate fading of red plastic in both artificial begonias and roses, brought about a sense of urgency in the group's ultimate mission . . .


Am I a Southerner? [26.Mar.02]
The Deer Camp [8.Jan.02]
Missing Walter [18.Dec.01]

Reviews

Monday, June 7 2004

The Schooling of Claybird Catts by Janis Owens

Coming of age plots haven't gone out of style -- the term has. There's got to be a better phrase: Grow up or shut up. Reality excursions. Maturity madness.


Tuesday, January 20 2004

The Week You Weren't Here by Charles Blackstone

Critics must be fair in their evaluation of a book and they must explain their disappointment or their joy. They should, from time to time, recommend that others give a book a try -- that their analysis is not the final word.


Sunday, January 11 2004

Paranoia by Joseph Finder

Reviewers should never reveal that critical plot pivot early in most suspense thrillers when the reader should stop and think about the protagonist's course of action. The 'give away point' you could call it.


Tuesday, November 4 2003

Lunch at the Picadilly by Clyde Edgerton

Clyde Edgerton, a combination of Mark Twain and Will Rogers, is the quintessential southern storyteller.


Wednesday, October 15 2003

Stalking the Divine: Contemplating Faith with the Poor Clares by Kristin Ohlson

Imagine a small group of cloistered nuns, right in the middle of Cleveland, who pray for the City, all day, all night. This is their calling. In 2003. Gives you chills, doesn't it? The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, cloistered in a monastery, they're praying for you.


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