Columnist: DG Martin

Nov. 22, 2014 @ 01:10 PM

Lots of books, every year

1,000.

That’s the answer to this question: How many North Carolina related books are published each year.


Nov. 18, 2014 @ 07:25 AM

Jim Leutze wants his state back

“I am mad as hell and I want my state back.”

Former UNC-Wilmington Chancellor Jim Leutze wanted to use this phrase as the title for his new book about modern North Carolina history and politics. Eventually, he settled on another provocative title, “Entering North Carolina: Set Clocks Back 100 Years,” which The Charlotte Observer book columnist Dannye Romine Powell has named “best book title of the year.”


Nov. 12, 2014 @ 11:23 AM

Martin: Former East Chapel Hill ‘choir geek’ returns as star of PlayMakers production

Last week, the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in the Research Triangle Park, Linda Birnbaum, and her husband, David, had a special reason to attend opening night of the PlayMakers production of William Shakespeare’s  “Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.”

 

Nov. 10, 2014 @ 10:30 PM

Battle for political dominance, like Isner’s epic match

What is the connection between U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and acclaimed U.S. tennis player John Isner?

Both come from Greensboro, but it is more than that.


Nov. 04, 2014 @ 06:12 PM

Hal Crowther on H.L. Mencken -- don’t miss this treat

Hillsborough writer Hal Crowther is widely admired for his provocative columns and ability to shock us by his creative use of words, phrases, comparisons and images as powerful weapons that can persuade or provoke us.


Nov. 04, 2014 @ 03:49 PM

Martin: Southern Living, UNC School of the Arts, and Chapel Hill’s Sheri Castle

What is the connection between the new chancellor of the UNC School of the Arts and a best-selling Chapel Hill cookbook author?

Here are some hints.

First of all, the new chancellor, Lindsay Bierman, was until a few months ago the editor-in-chief of Southern Living magazine.

 

Nov. 01, 2014 @ 11:37 AM

Martin: A modern-day prophet on integrity in college sports

“I can't say that it was easy. It has been troubling and it's brought back a lot of old feelings of anger and frustration,” commented Marcia Mount Shoop while she was back in Chapel Hill last week to talk about her new book, “Touchdowns for Jesus and Other Signs of Apocalypse: Lifting the Veil on Big-Time Sports.”


Oct. 28, 2014 @ 08:58 PM

Remembering the wise words of a public intellectual

Who are North Carolina’s public intellectuals?

Over the years we have been blessed with influential and thoughtful people whose wise commentaries about the state’s concerns often moved public opinion.


Oct. 25, 2014 @ 12:51 PM

What local business knows the most about us?

What does a flower shop in a little town north of Spokane, Washington, have to do with downtown Chapel Hill?


Oct. 21, 2014 @ 08:53 AM

A ’60s radical comes back with conservative allies

Howard Fuller was back in North Carolina last week promoting his new book,  “No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior’s Life from Black Power to Education Reform.”


Oct. 18, 2014 @ 02:05 PM

Martin: The fair, a shared experience for a million North Carolinians

The State Fair is one of those “end of season” things that remind us that summer is really over. Like moving from daylight to standard time in a few weeks. Setting back the clocks. Changing the batteries in the smoke detectors. And dealing with darkness closing in before 5 o’clock in the afternoon.


Oct. 14, 2014 @ 05:16 PM

North Carolina’s last liberal

What was the greatest political upset in North Carolina political history?

Old timers will tell you that it was Kerr Scott’s victory in the Democratic primary for governor in 1948. Scott, a dairy farmer from Alamance County, beat the favored candidate of the conservative wing of the party.


Oct. 11, 2014 @ 10:43 AM

Martin: William Bartram brings Charles Frazier to Chapel Hill

What was that book that the wounded Confederate soldier Inman carried with him on his journey from the Raleigh hospital to his mountain home in “Cold Mountain” by Charles Frazier?

 

Oct. 06, 2014 @ 11:22 PM

Mountain music: Where it came from, where it’s going

As the International Bluegrass Music Association’s five-day “World of Bluegrass Festival” wound down in Raleigh a few days ago, some people were still asking where did bluegrass music come from, anyway?

North Carolinians have a quick and certain answer: It came out of the hills and hollows of our Appalachian region.

And where did that mountain music come from?


Oct. 04, 2014 @ 07:59 AM

Former history department chair Lloyd Kramer takes on a new task

Chapel Hill people live in the shadow of one of the world’s great universities, a place packed with faculty, staff, and students who are filled with knowledge and are enthusiastic about sharing it.