Monthly Archives: January 2010

The Glorious Fit, fiction by Ray Norsworthy

Novem­ber 1, 1961: Gib­by is in the hayloft of the barn look­ing at the pages he tore out of the Sears and Roe­buck cat­a­logue. This morn­ing when he was look­ing at the Christ­mas toys and mak­ing a wish list, Eli … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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News Flash–Southern Appalachia is Hot Fictional Territory!

Who woul­da guessed?  This is from Bri­an Cook at Book Pub­lish­ing News. I wish I knew the orig­i­nal source. "Books based on life in small town south­ern Appalachia sell like hot­cakes!" stat­ed one pub­li­cist. Accord­ing to book sales data, from … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Rounder, non-fiction by Jennifer McGaha

I have tried many times before to write about my grandfather’s youngest broth­er, Bill, but I can nev­er get it quite right—how his mouth turns into that half grin before he curls his lips to one side and squirts tobac­co … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Marcellus Shale and Natural Gas Drilling

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVNgwMGEObE&feature=player_embedded] This series of videos tak­en in Col­orado tells me it's not just coal, either. In North­ern Appalachia now (where I grew up) there has been a boom–maybe even a mega-boom–in nat­ur­al gas drilling of the Mar­cel­lus Shale area, and … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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A Requirement for Respect

Self-explana­­to­ry. by Rebec­ca Gayle How­ell. Orig­i­nal­ly deliv­ered on behalf of Ken­tuck­ians For The Com­mon­wealth, at 21c Muse­um. Louisville, Ken­tucky. Decem­ber 06, 2009. The peo­ple of East­ern Ken­tucky – West Vir­ginia, East Ten­nessee – have been treat­ed as the ‘Oth­er Amer­i­ca’ … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Coal Giant Massey Called Out for 12000 Pollution Violations

(Pho­to: U.S. Nation­al Archives, 1974) All that coal comes with bag­gage and out­rage and few enough peo­ple seem to even know about it, let alone get their backs up about it. Envi­ron­men­tal groups to sue Massey Ener­gy for ignor­ing thou­sands … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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The Chickens, fiction by Jim Nichols

Arnold walked up the new­­ly-plowed dirt road, feel­ing the brit­tle cold on his face, look­ing ahead at the cross­ing framed by high, clean snow banks. He knew that a week was prob­a­bly not long enough to stay away, but he … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Randy Johnson's Mullet Retirement

Did you know this fel­la, prob­a­bly the best left-han­der I ever saw pitch, inspired fans because he was 'white trash?' Go damn fig­ure. Mike Seely says, give a guy a mul­let, and he's trashy. OOOOOOkaay. With Randy Johnson's retire­ment yes­ter­day and … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Attention, Strapped Rednecks: Please Aim Your Guns Away From the Rare Wood Storks

OK, so this isn't the first thing I think of after fin­ish­ing this sto­ry, but name a minor­i­ty or oth­er eth­nic group (do red­necks qual­i­fy? anoth­er ques­tion, pro­jably) where a substitution–make your own– for the appro­pri­ate word  in that head­line … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Hey Everybody

I changed this blog over to Word­Press, which is eas­i­er to use, I think. Some of the old posts got AFU'd, but I'm fix­ing them slow­ly. So what do you think? In the future I could use pho­tos for this … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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