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American Dream?

Ghenet pulls some shirts away from a wall, exposing an area scarred by the shotgun blast that killed her husband. She’s run the store since her husband’s death, but she doesn’t like it. “Every person who walks in that door…

Policy of Containment

It was 2003, and we had tried a number of methods for removing the persistent bamboo infestation in our Myers Park yard, but despite escalating strengths of Roundup—from weed killer to brush-killer concentrate—nothing worked. During the previous summer we discovered…

You Are Here

Ana managed to get away. She found a factory nearby where she was hired without having to produce a work visa, and she made just enough there to regain some control of her life. She left the people who’d invited…

These Voices Carry

From a piece titled “Alamo,” his lyrics are full of military metaphor (more on that later). His voice rises and falls as his arms punctuate the air. I’m not tired of being tired. I’m tired of having this tired skin.…

This Guy Plays Rock and Roll

David Childers sweats. Now here’s where a writer could get melodramatic or metaphorical or hyperbolic and write that he sweats the sweat of rock and roll or some other crap like that because, really, isn’t most writing about music like…

Before Elvis Was King

On a tour of the Southeast with Mother Maybelle Carter and folks from the Grand Ole Opry, Presley played four shows at the Carolina, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Tickets were eighty-five cents for adults and fifty cents for kids. The…

Band of Brothers

A lot of ink and a few too many thesauri have been used trying to describe the music made by the Avett Brothers. Some of the attempts are interesting, some are close to accurate, and some are downright ridiculous. Of…

Catawba River Rising

"HEY!" "THE RIVER IS NOT A TRASH CAN!" Catawba Riverkeeper Donna Lisenby's voice booms, echoing off the underside of Lake Wylie's Buster Boyd Bridge. She's yet to see the culprit, the person responsible for dirt and debris sprinkling into the…

How 'Big Cat' Made the Team

Johnny Unitas had given Baltimore the title, and nothing could be bigger than the NFL championship. But what about the follow-up season in 1959? The city of Baltimore was intoxicated by a yearlong celebration, but could Unitas and the Colts…

Not Just Barbecue

Bill Spoon behind the counter of his eponymous barbecue restaurant.Bill Spoon had finally made his trek to the Jerusalem of eastern-style barbecue, and his expectations were considerable. If Melton was the progenitor of eastern style, Spoon was a direct descendant,…

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