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“…I was lecturing in North Carolina when your letter arrived  — which reminds me that some of the Negro leaders in Greensboro… are so timid that they are not accepting as fast the new responsibilities of freedom as they might, which of course they rationalize as the sole fault of white people. Fortunately, this is […]

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“Not everyone was so enamored of the [Interstate highway] system’s unrelenting predictability. Critics had decried the sterile nature of high-speed roads since long before limited-access became a reality…. “Phillips Russell of North Carolina’s Chapel Hill Weekly wrote in 1930 that ‘as fast as improvements are perfected, highways constantly tend to become dull and uninteresting to […]

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“It was maybe an hour before midnight at the Avalon Nightclub in Chapel Hill, and the Miz [a player on the MTV reality show "The Real World"] was feeling nervous. I didn’t pick up on this at the time — I mean, I couldn’t tell. To me he looked like he’s always looked, like he’s […]

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- “The University of Illinois picked up a good bargain for $30,000: Illinois-born Poet Carl Sandberg’s private library, now housed at Sandburg’s North Carolina goat farm. – “Items: reams of Lincolniana (including the manuscripts of three volumes of Sandburg’s works on Lincoln), revised manuscripts of Sandburg’s Complete Poems and his yet unpublished Song Bag, Sandburg’s […]

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Launching pad for the fast-food apple turnover and the “I Have  a Dream” speech…. home of the pro baseball team that cost Jim Thorpe his gold medals… birthplace of Kaye Gibbons and Allan Gurganus,  Phil Ford and Julius Peppers, Mike Easley and Roy Cooper, Thelonious Monk and Kay Kyser, Buck Leonard and Sugar Ray Leonard… […]

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On Thomas Wolfe’s birthday, we recall not only the writer himself, but also those who’ve been inspired by him. Here’s one story of those who interpreted Wolfe’s words through art. In early 1945 the Limited Editions Club, a New York publisher, held a contest to find illustrators for about 45 literary classics, including Thomas Wolfe’s […]

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“Am now rooming [at Duke] with Art Katz of Memphis and Claude Kirk of Montgomery, Ala. Both are transfers from Emory, and they’re good guys.” – Letter from William Styron to his father, March 12, 1944 “[Florida Gov. Claude Kirk] rises to the challenge, occasionally with a fine and almost classic use of the language… […]

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More phrase-frequency charts from Google Books Ngram Reader: – mountain dew vs. Mountain Dew – Michael Jordan vs. Thomas Wolfe, Andy Griffith and Sam Ervin – Lumbee Indians vs. Catawba Indians – Wilmington 10 vs. Chicago Seven – Charlotte Hornets vs. Charlotte Bobcats

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On this day in 1958: In New York, Harry Golden’s publisher receives an anonymous letter asking, “Do you know that your author . . . is a swindler, a cheat, and an ex-con and jail bird who has victimized widows and orphans?” In fact, almost no one knows that Golden, whose “Only in America” ranks […]

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More phrase-frequency charts from Google Books Ngram Reader: – Krispy Kreme vs. Dunkin Donuts – Wrightsville Beach vs. Myrtle Beach – LSMFT (Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco) – Reynolds Price vs. Anne Tyler – Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence vs. Protocols of Zion

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