Columnist: DG Martin

Jan. 13, 2015 @ 11:53 AM

Martin: Politics and literature come together

Is my weekly column supposed to be about books or about politics?


Jan. 06, 2015 @ 08:13 AM

Another reason to celebrate our connection to movies

North Carolina loves its connections to the production of movies and television programs.

But our political decision-makers did not love that connection enough to appropriate sufficient funds or extend tax credits to persuade movie and television producers to site their programs in North Carolina. That decision in the last legislative session will surely be revisited this yea


Dec. 30, 2014 @ 03:14 PM

Four different looks at North Carolina life

We can’t read them all.

It is what people say to me when I start talking about four important North Carolina related books that UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch will feature in January.

Even so, I say, you should know something about each of them.

 

Dec. 23, 2014 @ 06:59 PM

Remembering the past, but not chained to it

They just could not bring themselves to shake hands with their former enemies.

A few weeks ago on the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, we remembered earlier reunions when some American servicemen met the Japanese pilots who had attacked them so many years earlier.


Dec. 16, 2014 @ 09:50 AM

Holding on to our humanity

“What is our tolerance for brutality?”

A minister asked this question from the pulpit Sunday morning and suggested that his listeners consider recent news stories relating to “enhanced interrogation” procedures by the Central Intelligence Agency.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 06:36 PM

D.G. Martin: For whom the Hillsborough bell tolls

For some people in Hillsborough, the bell in the historic St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church rings a little more poignantly these days thanks to a chance meeting between a prominent retired businessman who lives at Governors Club, and an Orange County poet.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 06:02 PM

D.G. Martin: A river journey through the heart of N.C.

Philip Gerard talks about “Down the Wild Cape Fear: A River Journey through the Heart of North Carolina” on North Carolina Bookwatch Thursday at 5 p.m.


Dec. 08, 2014 @ 07:57 AM

Why the Mediterranean way works

What is it about the Mediterranean diet that makes it such an icon for healthy living?


Dec. 06, 2014 @ 09:34 AM

Why the Mediterranean way works

What is it about the Mediterranean diet that makes it such an icon for healthy living?

 

Two Chapel Hill residents explain the hows and whys of this phenomenon in their new book, “The Mediterranean Way of Eating: Evidence for Chronic Disease Prevention and Weight Management.”


Dec. 03, 2014 @ 03:34 PM

She helped Americans fight the Depression

John Kasson will talk about “The Little Girl Who  Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America” on North Carolina Bookwatch Thursday at 5 p.m. (Note: The regular Sunday noon airing will be pre-empted by special fundraising programming)


Dec. 02, 2014 @ 03:34 PM

Renewing our affection for our hometown newspaper

One of the state's big newspapers almost lost a subscriber last week when she received a notice increasing the annual subscription rate by almost $100. It was not so much the amount of the increase that put her in a cancellation mode; rather, it was some fine print at the bottom of the notice.

 


Nov. 26, 2014 @ 08:32 AM

Lefty and Roy -- and their critics

While Martin Harmon was in North Carolina last week to promote his new book, “Charles ‘Lefty’ Driesell: A Basketball Legend,” he dropped a signed copy by UNC basketball coach Roy Williams’s office.


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.”