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Archive for September, 2010

– After many years of faithful service a cruciform “Get Right With God” in Wilmington has disappeared — and what about the ones in Fletcher and Foxfire? — That beloved if largely mythological stalwart of the neoConfederacy — the black soldier in gray — suffers a setback in Richmond. — Mixed reaction to N.C. State […]

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As a nonacademic I’m unsure how to frame this question, but let me bumble ahead: Who these days is studying North Carolina as North Carolina? Of the 23 U.S. History faculty at UNC Chapel Hill only Harry Watson and James Leloudis include North Carolina as a special interest apart from broader topics such as the […]

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New Bern residents this weekend are continuing celebrations of the 300th anniversary of the founding of their city. And some of my colleagues from the North Carolina Collection are playing a part. The celebrations include the re-dedication of the U.S. Federal Courthouse at 10:30 this morning. The building’s lobby has undergone a few changes, including […]

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Ben Steelman offers a footnote to the Virginia Quarterly Review drama-turned-melodrama: “The VQR’s founding, in 1925, was in large part the work of a Wilmington native, UVa President Edwin A. Alderman. Ten years earlier, Alderman had called for ‘an organ of liberal opinion …’ (that’s as in liberal arts, not politics) ‘solidly based, thoughtfully and […]

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On this day in 1979: A Bob Timberlake exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh brings protests that he is an illustrator and a promoter rather than an artist. One reviewer calls his work “a contrived world of plastic nostalgia.” Critics also contend Timberlake’s limited-edition prints fail to satisfy professional criteria. The […]

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– Turnstiles yet to whirl dervishly at new museums in Charlotte and Greensboro. — Am I the only one left unenlightened by this compare-and-contrast of addled Gainesville preacher and martyred Gastonia striker? — Theme of Sunday’s L.A. Times syndicated crossword puzzle: “The Long and Short of It — A long E sound in familiar phrases is […]

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The Beatles put “Penny Lane” in your ears. Gerry Rafferty took you winding down “Baker Street.” Bruce Springsteen hit you with a “10th Avenue Freeze Out.” And Simon and Garfunkel got you to slow down and feel groovy with their “59th Street Bridge Song.” Now add J. Robert Wagoner to those hoping to move you […]

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This month’s Documenting the American South Highlight focuses on “Tourism in Western North Carolina.” It’s almost leaf season in the mountains, so be sure to read about the history and development of tourism there before you go.

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[After Larry MacPhail of the Yankees made an offer to radio announcer Red Barber to leave the Dodgers, Branch Rickey made a counteroffer for him to stay.] “I was deeply troubled that Rickey’s offer might be because MacPhail’s offer had put him on the spot, that in time he might regret having had to make […]

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“…The luminaries of phone-book collecting [include] Gwillim Law, a computational linguist in [Chapel Hill,] North Carolina, who at one point possessed more than 3,500 outdated volumes. (He has since started selling them off.) “Law was inspired to begin his collection by an interest in cover art…. He continued collecting because ‘I just enjoyed the possibilities […]

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