Columnist: DG Martin

Jan. 07, 2014 @ 01:06 PM

‘Ninety is the new sixty’

Famed Chapel Hill author Elizabeth Spencer has proved a North Carolina rule again.

“Ninety is the new 60.”

Or 50.


Jan. 04, 2014 @ 11:00 PM

Lee Smith in today’s news -- twice

Around here in Chapel Hill and Hillsborough, any news about Lee Smith is big news.

It is not only because she is such a prominent citizen whose writing brings favorable attention to our towns from her fans across the world. It is more because she has earned the friendship of so many by her generous contributions of her talent and fame to so many good causes in our community. She has been a promoter, mentor and best friend to most of the many writers and aspiring writers who live here.


Dec. 30, 2013 @ 11:29 PM

Two important political leaders not to forget

When politics is the topic, there is always more to talk about.

So it is with the book on North Carolina politics that was the subject of a recent column. I keep going back to East Carolina University Professor Tom Eamon’s “The Making of a Southern Democracy: North Carolina Politics from Kerr Scott to Pat McCrory.”


Dec. 28, 2013 @ 11:17 AM

Beating the winter blues, walking through the Coker Arboretum

What can we do in Chapel Hill during the winter holidays when the campus is deserted and the doldrums begin to set in?
One good answer is, “Take a walk.”
Our town is blessed with many great pathways for winter hikes.


Dec. 24, 2013 @ 12:22 PM

How we got where we are at in North Carolina politics

Just in time for the new year, a new book puts modern North Carolina politics in perspective.

“The Making of a Southern Democracy: North Carolina Politics from Kerr Scott to Pat McCrory,” by East Carolina University Professor Tom Eamon covers North Carolina and its politics from 1948 through last year’s election.


Dec. 21, 2013 @ 11:29 AM

A fictional story for the season: Lost dog, found Christmas

Although he had pushed for her to spend a few days with him at Christmas time, he could not say he was happy that she was coming.

Maybe, though, this little girl could turn things around for him.


Dec. 18, 2013 @ 12:07 AM

New books for giving and viewing

Are you missing the right gifts for some important people on your shopping list?

There is help from some of the best and most popular North Carolina-connected storytellers, whose new books might be lifesavers for you. 


Dec. 12, 2013 @ 10:50 AM

He’ll be at the bar, even on Christmas

“The Crunkleton is the best secret I have.”
Chapel Hill author of “Big Fish,” Daniel Wallace was writing in “Garden & Gun” magazine about a West Franklin Street bar, The Crunkleton.


Dec. 10, 2013 @ 06:51 PM

North Carolina’s Mandela-like elder statesmen

Nelson Mandela’s death last week at the age of 95 prompted a worldwide celebration of his life. The attention to him these past few days is testimony to the power of his wise and unselfish leadership.


Dec. 07, 2013 @ 12:25 PM

Connecting Carrboro and Shanghai

What is the connection between Shanghai and Carrboro? And what is the place in Shanghai that shows that connection?
Everybody from our towns who gets to go (or has to go) to Shanghai should visit a European-style home in the former “French Concession” of Shanghai. Not many westerners go there. But there is a regular flow of Chinese people to what is called “The former residence of Madame Sun Yat-sen.” Madame Sun, also known as Soong Ching-ling, was married to Sun Yat-sen. He was an early revolutionary who sought to bring down the government of the emperors of the Qing Dynasty.


Dec. 07, 2013 @ 09:19 AM

Louis Rubin leaves a treasure chest of letters

Late last month, a headline in The New York Times announced “Louis D. Rubin Jr., Publisher, Scholar and Champion of Southern Writers, Dies at 89.” Similarly at the top of a story in The Washington Post, “Louis D. Rubin, fount of Southern writing, dies at 89.”


Nov. 30, 2013 @ 11:39 AM

Chapel Hill author may be drinking wine every night next year

How would you like to win a free glass of wine at Crook’s Corner every day for a year? Or would you rather win a $1,000 in cash?
Well, the winner of the Crook’s Corner Book Prize is going to get both these prizes. And when the winner is announced Jan. 6, it could be one of our Chapel Hill neighbors.


Nov. 26, 2013 @ 04:39 PM

Where is Waldo? Where is Wolfe?

Do people in North Carolina remember Thomas Wolfe, their once-famous son, author of “Look Homeward Angel,” whose books helped many of us get through the transformation from childhood to adulthood and opened the door to an appreciation of fine writing?


Nov. 20, 2013 @ 09:53 PM

Our best museum is open on Thanksgiving Day

Think about what you are going to do on Thanksgiving Day.
Especially if you will have a lot of visitors.
Most museums are closed on Thanksgiving. So you cannot take them for a quick visit to one of the current museum exhibits like The Sahmat Collective at the Ackland or Southern Scenery in 3D at the Wilson Library.


Nov. 20, 2013 @ 11:01 AM

Climbing a new mountain peak

“Life is like a mountain range,” Ping Fu told a group of UNC-Chapel Hill students last week.