Columnist: DG Martin

Nov. 09, 2013 @ 11:58 AM

‘Remembering Bill Neal’ -- again

Why, this week, would Chapel Hill be remembering Bill Neal, the noted chef and author who died in 1991?
One reason is that UNC-TV is re-airing on its UNC-MX cable channel a program featuring Moreton Neal, Bill Neal’s former wife and the author of a 2004 memoir, “Remembering Bill Neal: Favorite Recipes from a Life in Cooking.”


Nov. 05, 2013 @ 10:45 AM

Lessons from Disney World for Obamacare

What does Disney World have to do with Obamacare?
There is an answer, but you will have to read on a little bit to get there.


Nov. 02, 2013 @ 09:21 AM

William Ferris’ storied South

“The book really tracks my love for and interest in the American South over the last 40 years – the people who are my heroes and heroines whose work inspired my own. I was able to meet these people along the way, and they graciously invited me in for an interview. I did interviews and photographs and films with them.”


Oct. 29, 2013 @ 08:35 AM

“Turn the tape recorder back on”

William Friday has been dead a year now, and we still don’t know how we are going to get along without him.  He was a living monument to all that is, or was, right with our state.


Oct. 26, 2013 @ 11:58 AM

Getting to know the Carolina hero of 1957

“I didn't touch a basketball until I was in the seventh grade.”
Lennie Rosenbluth, hero of the undefeated and NCAA champion 1957 Carolina basketball team, was telling stories the other day to the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club.


Oct. 22, 2013 @ 11:39 AM

Always, always, follow the money

What is the first rule of politics?

“Follow the money,” says Mickey, a character in Robert Inman’s new book, “The Governor’s Lady.”


Oct. 17, 2013 @ 11:30 AM

Beginnings and endings at the State Fair

The change from daylight to regular time comes Nov. 3, just a couple of Sundays from now. We will be setting back the clocks, changing the batteries in the smoke detectors, and dealing with darkness closing in before five o’clock in the afternoon.


Oct. 17, 2013 @ 10:36 AM

Some things worse than a government shutdown

How could it be worse?

We ask ourselves this question as our government's ability to lead our country disintegrates and we are mostly helpless to keep it from happening.


Oct. 15, 2013 @ 01:05 PM

Advice for the President from Pat Conroy’s mom

What advice would author Pat Conroy's late mother give President Barack Obama in dealing with congressional Republicans over the government shutdown and debt ceiling crises?


Oct. 10, 2013 @ 11:31 PM

Soul food, or whatever you call it

What do you call the great cooking that Mama Dip Council serves at her wonderful restaurant on Rosemary Street in Chapel Hill?
I am thinking about things like her fried chicken, black-eyed peas, collard greens, yams, corn bread, fruit cobbler, sweet tea and banana pudding.
You know what I am talking about. It is the cuisine special to our region. What do you call it?


Oct. 09, 2013 @ 05:51 PM

Triple good luck and "Southern Fried Rice"

In today’s Chapel Hill, we are surrounded by neighbors and university students who come from a Chinese background.

Not too many years ago, however, seeing an Asian face would be a rare event in Chapel Hill and rarer still in other towns and small cities in the South.

Thanks to a new book “Southern Fried Rice,” we can get a look at what it was like to be part of the only Chinese family in a small southern town. The author, John Jung, retired professor of Psychology at California State University, Long Beach, grew up in Macon, Georgia, where his father owned the “Sam Lee” Laundry.


Oct. 01, 2013 @ 01:43 AM

Obama and McCrory in the same box

President Barack Obama and Governor Pat McCrory are in the same box.


Sep. 26, 2013 @ 03:19 PM

Jeffery Deaver goes backwards to delight his readers

Chapel Hill best-selling mystery writer Jeffery Deaver works differently from most of his Orange County literary neighbors.
And in his new book, “The October List,” he writes in a way that sets him apart from almost every writer anywhere, every writer except maybe his Chapel Hill neighbor Daniel Wallace. More later about a literary device Wallace and Deaver share.


Sep. 24, 2013 @ 11:32 AM

Too many books, not enough politics?

“Aren’t you writing about politics anymore?” a newspaper editor asked me the other day.

I stuttered because I have been writing more about books than politics lately.


Sep. 19, 2013 @ 12:17 PM

Mount Mitchell, stone walls, and Sunday school

How are the stone walls that surround the old UNC-Chapel Hill campus connected to the highest mountain in eastern North America?
You can use this question to separate Chapel Hill newcomers from folks who have been around for a while.