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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"Thanks for the additional discussion and kind comments on Shelton Laurel, Rob. I'll never claim to be an expert on the subject, but maybe have done more research than anyone around. We'll never know the full truth about…"
Great to hear from you. I am working on Henderson County CW men. I'm using NC Troops and Fold3 for the core but I'm also using credible stuff from families. I'd be grateful if you pass along anything interesting about HC men…"
Yes, there is now a no trespassing sign at the driveway access to the cemetery. I don't know who owns the property now, but my guess is they don't want to deal with folks coming up their drive and parking at the cemetery…"
"Hello, Dan! One of our members reports seeing a "No Trespassing" sign on the property leading to the Shelton Laurel massacre marker, and says that someone just bought the property. Do you know anything about that and the issues relating to…"
Great to hear from you. I am working on Henderson County CW men. I'm using NC Troops and Fold3 for the core but I'm also using credible stuff from families. I'd be grateful if you pass along anything interesting about HC men in the war.
Hello, Dan! One of our members reports seeing a "No Trespassing" sign on the property leading to the Shelton Laurel massacre marker, and says that someone just bought the property. Do you know anything about that and the issues relating to access? Thanks!