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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