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“When [author Yunte] Huang visited Mount Airy, or Mayberry U.S.A., he learned of a Chang and Eng exhibit kept in the basement of the Andy Griffith Museum. In other words, a shrine to an American myth of old-timey homogeneity was literally built on the more convoluted reality. Huang knew that the symbolism was almost too […]

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1. Play at the 1951 Ryder Cup at Pinehurst was suspended on Saturday afternoon to allow U.S. and British golfers to do what? 2. Which of North Carolina’s two U.S. senators has reported rubbing on Preparation H to reduce his eye bags? 3. “Catfish, million-dollar man / Nobody can throw the ball like Catfish can.”Who […]

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“Clipping services were Googles for the mechanical age: paying clients submitted what would now be called search terms, and readers — often young women — would go through periodicals, line by line, looking for mentions of those terms. As Valerie Raleigh Yow notes in “Betty Smith,” her biography of the author, Smith herself worked for […]

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If you know the story on this 2-inch by 3-inch cast iron paperweight (?), you’re one up on me — and on the experts at North Carolina State. “The university archivist,” I’m told, “thinks this likely dates from the 1930s or the 1940s and suggested that perhaps it was a student project rather than an […]

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