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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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— Captured battle flags returning to N.C. coast  (and not everybody is happy about it). — Tidbits of Tar Heelia tucked in David McCullough’s latest. — For Colored Agricultural Fair, “The whole city participated, just like Bele Chere.” — Nitrate negatives yield a (slow-loading) gallery of “Old Wilmington Mystery Photos.” — Who would steal Mitch […]

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“Thomas Wolfe, the novelist, has just taken an apartment at 865 First Avenue….Going down in the elevator the other morning, he was joined by a lady with a big police dog. The dog took an immediate liking to Mr. Wolfe, and began jumping up on him, and kissing him. Mr. Wolfe, who is only moderately […]

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The New Yorker’s supercilious first mention of North Carolina in 1925 proved to be typical of those for decades to come: “The depressing motto of the Charlotte Theatre, Charlotte, North Carolina, is ‘Attend the Movies Regularly. In No Other Way Can You Get So Close to Life for So Little.’ ” — Aug. 30, 1947 […]

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It’s been a while since I last dumped a batch of North Caroliniana into the Google Books Ngram Viewer, that instantaneous measure of phrase frequency over the decades. Caveat e-lector: This is data at its rawest — conclusions should be jumped to for entertainment purposes only. Here goes: — Duke lacrosse vs. Duke football and […]

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“Candace Wilkins, 27, of St. Albans [a middle-class neighborhood in Queens], who remains unemployed despite having a business degree, plans to move to Charlotte, N.C. “She said her decision was prompted by an altercation with the police. “In March 2010, witnesses say, Ms. Wilkins was thrown against a car by a white police officer after […]

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