My Photo

Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Stephen, From Collinsville on NPR Diane Rehm Show

REHM11:33:19And you're listening to the Diane Rehm show. Sorry, I'm having a little trouble this morning. Let's go to the phones to Collinsville, Ala. Good morning, Steven. STEVEN11:33:36Yes, looking forward to read the book. I saw the Jill Lapore article on Clarence Darrow in the May 23 New Yorker Magazine, and about the McNamara case. She says that Darrow always maintained his innocence or more shiftily, his blamelessness in quoting Darrow, he was -- according to her, she said at the time, my conscious refuses to approach me. A couple other comments and then I'll just listen to your response. STEVEN11:34:04I live about an hour and a half below Dayton, Tenn. And on the bright side, there's a young woman, conservative Christian, Rachel Held Evans, has written a book, "Evolving in Monkey Town." She lives in Dayton and she kind of comes around to evolution. So I find that fascinating. One other quick thing. It's interesting, I just thought about it as you were talking about the independent mind streak of Darrow's father. STEVEN11:34:30That also seems to be the case of Hugo Black's father, wrote a biography of blacks early years in Alabama. And his father was voted out of his local Baptist church down in Clay County and refused to -- and -- but did work out where he held his funeral in the church. So I just found that kind of interesting, kind of a parallel independent mind streak in the judiciary, over time. And thank you and thanks a lot. REHM11:34:57Thanks for calling, Steven. FARRELL11:34:59You know, I have that biography of Hugo Black on my bookshelf and I haven't gotten to it yet. And now you've made me want to pick it up. I'll probably dive into it this weekend. One thing that Darrow said about the McNamara case and himself, but also about the people that he defended, was that a crime was a crime because of motive, not because you committed an offense.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Collinsville Gets Pulitzer Treatment

Pulitzer Prize Winner Rick Bragg has been visitting Collinsville Trade Day since he was six years old.
Has a great essay in current Southern Living Magazine, as good as George Singleton's celebration of Dozo's in Easley, South Carolina last Summer in Oxford American. (see my blog on Bronwen Dickey; and see the blu ray feature of Tru Grit on their celebration of Charles Portis, the author.

Bragg is a fan of Ron Rash. With Pat Conroy and Padgett Powell he endorses Mark Richard's House of Prayer, No. 2, a memoir that along with the writings of Bragg, every public library in the Southeast ought to shelve a copy.

Enough intro; copy and paste this sterling link

My comment is number 18, the entry of July 7; about 11 after Michelle McPherson whose boy Jack is getting proper timing of things.