Columnist: DG Martin

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.


Sep. 30, 2014 @ 01:43 PM

A more interesting Senate race, in fiction

While you are watching U.S. Senate campaign television ads, occasionally interrupted by brief segments of programming, do you ever wonder what goes on inside the candidates’ campaign organizations?


Sep. 27, 2014 @ 09:55 AM

Martin: Finding Chapel Hill friends in a book about Southern food

Chapel Hill’s Marcie Cohen Ferris’s new book, “The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region,” is a study of the relationship between food and the culture of the South over many centuries.


Sep. 23, 2014 @ 09:50 AM

Martin: How Scotland connected N.C. to the modern world

Did North Carolinians have a stake in the outcome of last week's referendum in Scotland?
Maybe not the same kind of stake the residents of Scotland had, but our ties to that land are so close, so important, and so contemporary that perhaps we should have been entitled to vote on the question of its independence from the United Kingdom.