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The UNC academic scandal foreseen

Oct 26
2014
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The pursuit of glory in big-time sports was a disaster waiting to happen at UNC Chapel Hill, as it is at every school so obsessed with athletic success that it neglects the commitment to academic values that is at the heart of a university’s character. Here’s an an editorial I wrote for the Charlotte Observer on the topic on Feb. 8, 1982, titled “Graham’s Quaint View of Sports.”...

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Interview on WUNC-FM’s “The State of Things”

Apr 21
2014
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Host Frank Stasio and I had a good talk about my boon April 10 on “The State of Things,” his talk show on WUNC-FM in Durham. Here it is:

http://wunc.org/post/liberating-dixie-traces-50-years-southern-life



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“Charlotte Talks” about “Liberating Dixie”

Apr 21
2014
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Here’s Mike Collins’ hour-long conversation with me about “Liberating Dixie” April 15 on his “Charlotte Talks” show on WFAE-FM:

http://wfae.org/post/liberating-dixie



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Arden McLaughlin’s”Charlotte Reads” on WBTV

Apr 21
2014
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Here’s a nice mention of “Liberating Dixie” by the public library’s Arden McLaughlin on Charlotte’s WBTV:



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The uneasy pleasure of working with Pulitzer Prize cartoonists

Apr 15
2014
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The news that The Charlotte Observer’s Kevin Siers had won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning reminded me of this essay I wrote in 2000 on the joys and challenges of working with top cartoonists. I (along with Editor Rich Oppel and Publisher Rolfe Neill) hired Kevin 26 years ago, and I also worked with The Observer’s two other Pulitzer-winning cartoonists, Doug Marlette....

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Working with Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonists

Apr 15
2014
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The news April 15 that The Charlotte Observer’s KLevin Siers had won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning reminded me of this essay I wrote on the ins and outs of working with talented cartoonists. I (along with Editor Rich Oppel and Publisher Rolfe Neill) hired Kevin 26 years ago, and I worked The Observer’s other two Pulitzer Prize winners, Doug Marlette and Gene Payne. Here’s...

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I’m on WUNC Thursday and at McIntyre’s Books on Saturday

Apr 9
2014
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Friends in the Triangle area, at about 12:40 p.m. Thursday I’m scheduled to talk about my book on Frank Stasio’s “The State of Things” on WUNC radio. This Saturday I’ll be doing a reading and signing at 2 p.m. at McIntyre’s Books, a splendid independent bookseller in Fearington Village, near Chapel Hill. In a brief one-act play based on my correspondence with...

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Great time at Oxford Conference for the Book

Mar 31
2014
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In Oxford, Miss., last week I was on a panel of journalists who’ve written books, along with Brandt Ayers, longtime publisher of the Anniston (Ala.) Star, Ben Bradlee Jr. and Denise Kiernan.

This was a return home for me. I was a history major and editor of the student newspaper at Ole Miss in the early 1960s. It was the riot there when the university was integrated in 1962 that impressed...

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A great day at the church, now off to Oxford

Mar 24
2014
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Forty to fifty  showed up at Myers Park Baptist Church for my reading Sunday afternoon. Fortune had favored us by ensuring that no North Carolina team was playing in the NCAA tournament that afternoon, so the only  deterrent to attending was the threatening weather (though one friend emailed me to say she had intended to be there but had chipped a tooth. Fortune may have been smiling, but my friend...

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A reading at Myers Park Baptist this Sunday

Mar 21
2014
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I’m looking forward to a reading at 2:30 Sunday at my church, Myers Park Baptist, which has  been a loving and supportive community for us for nearly three decades.The church  figures in several pieces in my book, including one column on why our church was kicked out of the N.C. State Baptist Convention and another on a Bible study class that figured into the most widely read column I’ve...

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