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Atheist believes in genies, novel revealsby Rob Neufeld             Salman Rushdie’s latest novel—“Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights” (1,001 nights)—has permitted me to come up with a headline as wild as the one above because the book is so exuberantly and infectiously…See More
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73 classic works about Appalachia going online

Key Appalachian studies publications now going onlinefrom press release, Jan. 27. 2016 Appalachian studies scholars and those interested in regional history will have greater access to out-of-print works thanks to a two-year National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Open Book Program grant totaling $88,000 awarded to Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University.  Pamela Mitchem, the library’s coordinator of digital scholarship and…See More
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John Parris' home-grown prose

South of Sylva, back of yesterday: John Parris' inspiration             “For the life of me, I just can’t understand why folks stopped usin’ cradles,” John Parris’ 97-year-old maternal grandfather had told him 60 years ago.            The oil lamp, the buggy, and the spinning wheel—they all were replaced by things…See More
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James Sturm expands scope of graphic novels

James Sturm blazes cartoon path to a new worldby Rob Neufeld             Why is it that when an author combines pictures with words, the medium is considered juvenile, like comics?  Words create literature; images, art.  Why, when you marry them, is it like pairing a milk cow with a mop?            Nothing against…See More
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The Writer as Pilgrim

Two articles leapt at my consciousness this week, both about writing. And suddenly, I know how to go forward from here. The first, The Price I Pay to Write, by Laura Bogart and published online in Dame Magazine, reflects on the difficulties of…See More
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Tired of thrillers with no soul?

Why read a 1940 man-on-the-run classicby Rob Neufeld             After reading a classic novel, you might think, “Oh, look at this superior ancestor of today’s fiction.”              For instance, “The Power and the Glory,” Graham Greene’s 1940 thriller about political oppression in Mexico, exemplifies the…See More
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Art of Grace by Sarah Kaufman

Dance critic applies grace to every moveby Rob Neufeld             It’s nice to find just the right word for something, especially when it sums up a main idea in your way of thinking.            That was the case with Sarah Kaufman when she’d first felt moved, nine years ago, to write her new book, “The Art of Grace” (W.W.…See More
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Fire and Ice Roses interview with author/gardening blogger Kathryn Hall

Fire and Ice Roses has been interviewing gardening bloggers and gardening experts and were kind enough to include this short interview recently which was quite fun and very much appreciated! http://fireandiceroses.com/ask-an-expert-kathryn-hall/See More
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History in the making, January 2, 2016

History in the making: items of note, January 2, 2016It was reported in today’s print edition of the Asheville Citizen-Times that a new state law went into effect, requiring people who’ve filed for unemployment benefits to make at least 5 job contacts a week.  It had been 2.  How will that work?  Are there that many jobs for which a person is qualified?  Can you apply to the same job twice if it continues to be listed? Paul Bonesteel, noted Asheville filmmaker, revealed on Facebook that a…See More
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Tarantino, eminent domain, and emancipation Tarantino comes to townQuentin Tarantino’s New Year’s gore and gabfest, The Hateful Eight, is gutted by New Yorker reviewer Anthony Lane, who says that Tarantino toys with rather than explores history, using it “for boyish fantasies of revenge, as if enormous crimes could be undone, after the event, by lone and wanton acts of humiliation.” …See More
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Railroads in WNC: the perils, the people, and the profitby Rob NeufeldWritten in conjunction with exhibit, "How The West Was Won," in Rural Heritage Museum, Mars Hill University PHOTO CAPTION: The entrance to the railroad show at the Rural Heritage Museum is commanded by a mock-up of Climax engine…See More
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Liars Bench Presents "An Old Time Appalachian Christmas With Randy Flack" at the MHC at WCU Mountain Heritage Center auditorium

December 13, 2012 from 7pm to 9pm
“An Old Time Appalachian Christmas With Randy Flack” Liars Bench To Play At WCU Mountain Heritage Center.”The Liars Bench is proud to present “An Old Time Appalachian Christmas with Randy Flack” at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center auditorium Thursday December 13 at 7:00 pm. Member stars…See More
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Liars Bench To Play "Birdell" Show At WCU Mountain Heritage Center at WCU Mountain Heritage Center auditorium

November 15, 2012 from 7pm to 9pm
“Dramatic performance of “Birdell” to be centerpiece of Liars Bench benefit show at WCU Mountain Heritage Center.”Sylva November 5, 2012—Thursday November 15 at 7:00 pm The Liars Bench presents “Birdell” at WCUs Mountain Heritage Centerauditorium. “Birdell,” a dramatic monologue by Gary Carden starring Bobbie Curtis, is the story of a defiant mountain woman forced off her land by the TVA caused rising waters of Fontana Lake. Carden has announced that this show will be a benefit for the…See More
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“Appalachian Spook Tales” Liars Bench To Play At WCU Mountain Heritage Center.” at WCU Mountain Heritage Center auditorium

October 18, 2012 from 7pm to 9pm
"The Liars Bench presents southern Appalachian fright tales at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center.”Thursday October 18 at 7:00 pm The Liars Bench presents “Appalachian Spook Tales” at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center auditorium. Member Stars Gary Carden, Lloyd Arneach, Paul Iarussi; guest Star storyteller Dot Jackson; and the Tuckaseegee Boys, Ethan Fortner, Russel Messer, and Wyatt Messer perform Southern Appalachian 'scary' in story and song on one stage. Free Admission.Carden said “I've been a…See More
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Liars Bench Show at WCU Mountain Heritage Day at WCU Mountain Heritage Center auditorium

September 29, 2012 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Please don't miss the Liars Bench Show in the Mountain Heritage Center Auditorium at the WCU Mountain Heritage Day Festival. Liars Bench Stars Gary Carden, Lloyd Arneach, Paul Iarussi, Barbara Duncan, and the Tuckaseigee Boys will be delighting you with their music and songs and Gary will tell you the astounding story of the life of Cherokee Chief Osley Bird Saunooke. Free Admission! All Welcome. Show starts at 1:30 pm in the MHC auditorium. Don't be late.See More
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Liars Bench Show To Play 9th Annual Franklin, NC Folk Festival at Franklin, NC Folk Festival

July 21, 2012 from 10am to 2pm
Liars Bench Show To Play 9th Annual Franklin, NC Folk Festival Coming up Saturday July 21, two BIG Liars Bench Shows at the 9th Annual Franklin Folk Festival in downtown Franklin, NC. Go here for more info on the festival: http://www.franklinfolkfestival.com/ . Gary, Lloyd, Paul, and probably a mystery guest or two will be performing at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm above and adjacent to Peebles Department Store. Admission is FREE. Come see us!…See More
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Liars Bench Show to Play Encore Show at Macon County Library at Macon County Library

July 12, 2012 from 7pm to 9pm
Liars Bench Fans!  Coming up this Thursday July 12 at 7pm your favorite Liars Bench Stars will be at the Macon County Library in Franklin. The show was well-attended last time so please come early.Admission is Free.Gary, Lloyd, Paul, Karen, and maybe a mystery guest (or two) will be there for a 'Best Of' show on WNCs only Live, Authentic Traditional Southern Appalachian  Storytelling, Music, Poetry, Drama, and Folk Arts presentation.Come out and join us. Bodine will be lookin' for…See More
Jul 9, 2012
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Liars Bench Show To Play Jackson County Old Courthouse Community Room at Jackson County Library, Sylva, North Carolina

June 15, 2012 from 7pm to 9pm
Jackson County Library welcomes Gary Carden's Liars Bench show.Gary Carden, creator of the Liars Bench, a successful regional authentic, traditional southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, drama and folk arts presentation announced that the show will play the Jackson County Library community room on Friday June 15 at 7:00 pm. Admission is free.Guest host Newt Smith will fill in…See More
Jun 12, 2012
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Liars Bench to Play Second-Annual Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration at Main Street Perks Coffee Shop

June 9, 2012 from 1pm to 3pm
Hey Liars Bench fans. Bodine and Gary wanted you to know that we have a special treat for you this Saturday June 9 in downtown Waynesville. As part of the second-annual Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration the Liars Bench is going to play not one, but two free-admission performances for you inside Main Street Perks coffee shop (next to the old Whitman's Bakery, now City Bakery). Our first performance starts at 1:00 pm, the second kicks off at 2:30 pm and Liars Bench regulars Gary Carden, host…See More
Jun 6, 2012
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Chief Osley Bird Saunooke Liars Bench Show at Mountain Heritage Center at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center,

May 17, 2012 from 7pm to 9pm
On Thursday May 17 at 7:00 pm at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center auditorium The Liars Bench will present the third of the "Balsam Chronicles" series continuing with the story of Osley Bird Saunooke, "Colorful Chief of the Cherokees."This is the fascinating story of a young EBCI man's rise from Indian boarding school, entry into and success in the world of professional wrestling, and finally becoming the elected leader of his band during a turbulent period in their history.In addition to Liars…See More
May 13, 2012
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Gary Carden on AM 540 WRGC! at AM 540 WRGC radio

May 10, 2012 from 6pm to 7pm
Gary To Be Interviewed By WRGC Friday Morning May 11, 2012Hey Liars Bench fans. We just wanted you to know that Gary will be interviewed Friday morning at 8:15 am on AM 540 WRGC by morning personalities Ray and Roy. Gary will be talking about his latest theatrical production…See More
May 10, 2012
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The Balsam Chronicles "Cashiers Valley" is first of three shows. at Mountain Heritage Center, Western Carolina University

March 15, 2012 from 7pm to 9pm
Cashiers is the first of three shows based on the folklore and history of this region.  Topics include Gus Baty, the man who fell/jumped off Whiteside Mountain, Kidder Cole and  Bonas' Retreat.See More
Mar 11, 2012
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The Liars Bench Presents "Coy" at WCU Mountain Heritage Center, Cullowhee

February 16, 2012 from 7pm to 9pm
TWO BIG LIARS BENCH SHOWS!The Liars Bench presents Storytelling, Oldtime Music, and Dr. Gary Carden's dramatic monologue "Coy," the poignant story of a young man facing his grandfather's and his own mortality; played by Tom DeWees.First performance: Thursday February 16, 2012 @ 7:00 pm at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center.Second performance: Thursday February 23, 2012 @ 7:00 pm also at the Mountain…See More
Feb 1, 2012
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The Liars Bench-"Wild Mountain Music" at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center at WCU Mountain Heritage Center, Cullowhee

January 19, 2012 from 7pm to 9pm
The Liars BenchStories of the Southern Appalachians“A Live, Authentic Traditional Southern Appalachian Storytelling, Music, Poetry, Drama, and Folk Arts Presentation”“Wild Mountain Music” Liars Bench To Play At WCU Mountain Heritage Center.”Sylva January 11, 2012—Thursday January 19 at 7:00 pm The Liars Bench presents “Wild Mountain Music” at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center auditorium. Member artists Gary Carden, Lloyd Arneach, Barbara Duncan, Paul Iarussi; special guest artists Laurence Holden…See More
Jan 12, 2012
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The Liars Bench To Be Broadcast on "Life in the Carolinas" at WMYA "My 40" Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville

January 15, 2012 from 2pm to 3pm
The Liars Bench Show To Be Broadcast On Regional TV!Folks, we have learned at the Liars Bench Show that "Life in the Carolinas", hosted by Carl White will broadcast a complete show based on the filming and interviews Mr. White did at our October MHC show. This special segment of "Life in the Carolinas" will be broadcast on WMYA "My 40" (Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville) on Sunday January 15 @ 2:00 pm. Besides the show footage you will enjoy the interviews that Mr. White did with Gary, Lloyd,…See More
Jan 8, 2012
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The Liars Bench at Western Carolina University's Mountain Heritage Center, Cullowhee

November 17, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm
"Legendary Hunters & Hounds of the Great Smokies" to play on The Liars Bench Folks, have we got a treat for you. Coming next Thursday November 17 at 7pm at the Mountain Heritage Center, The Liars Bench presents "Legendary Hunters & Hounds of the Great Smokies." Our star member artists Gary Carden, Barbara Duncan, Paul Iarussi, Dave Waldrop; guest artists William Ritter and Liz Nance; and a special guest artist, Bob Plott with one of his famous Plott Hounds will perform southern…See More
Nov 12, 2011
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"Haints, Boogers, and Belled Buzzards" Liars Bench Show at Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University's Mountain Heritage Center, Cullowhee

October 20, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm
Liars Bench fans have we got a treat (no pun intended) for you this Thursday October 20 at 7pm at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center. Dr. Gary Carden presents "Haints, Boogers, and Belled Buzzards" on The Liars Bench, WNCs only live, authentic traditional Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, drama, folk arts presentation. Including Carden, other member artists scheduled to perform are Lloyd Arneach, Barbara Duncan, and Paul Iarussi.…See More
Oct 16, 2011

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Old Barn

Old barn sittin’ on the edge of a grown up field



roof fallin’ in, boards comin’ off, covered up with kudzu.





How many mules did the old barn shelter;



tractors with implements—hand tools and such?…





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