Two weeks ago, my laptop died an ignominious death. I discovered I had a much calmer– almost zen– reaction to a longer than usual period of borrowed computers, loaners, and the like, than I’d expected.
I was really frustrated that I could not post on Anderson’s site to ask about Hazel Brannon Smith and [...]
Grandmothers tended to be thrifty, one result being recipes saved on all kinds of scraps of paper. My grandmother tended to favor things the size of index cards, or that could be readily folded, because she kept hers in a small index box.
Taylor Davidson’s great-grandfather Willy S. Tatum was a Justice of the [...]
That’s not precisely how it’s reported at the New York Times, but certainly what I get reading between the lines.
Tuesday night, the PBS American Experience series is airing Freedom Summer. That series at its best can be among my favorite television. I’m going to assume this will be good.
He will be playing for free in the afternoon in the park. The festival closer at Club Ebony will be a show with Bobby Rush instead of B.B. King.
This is truly the end of an era, and of a historic run. I’ve very glad of all the times I saw him perform, [...]
I don’t know anything about this picture except what is evident on the image itself– she’s playing a right-handed banjo upside down (look where the peg for the short string is) and it’s fretless. This is a wonderful old picture.
This is a photo I found the other day (and that Observer linked in a comment). It’s taken from the balcony on what was then, I think, a dry goods store (it certainly was a dry goods store in the late-50s early 60s, where I was hoping mom would pick Red Goose shoes [...]
In the end of The Sound and the Fury, Faulkner describes two-way traffic on the Square. There’s a huge debate occurring on Facebook about whether the Square ever had 2 way traffic. As I noted, if it did not, the ending of The Sound and the Fury makes no sense.
To set this up: Luster, a young [...]
British Pathe’ has put an enormous amount of their material on Youtube just now. I searched for Mississippi, and one of the first hits was two films about the Meredith crisis. First is this one, about the moment the riots occurred, with interesting video from the town and campus, plus the moment of crisis [...]
After Sen. Charles Sumner made a speech titled “The Crime Against Kansas,” in which he particularly attacked Sen. Douglas and Butler for advocating slavery in Kansas in very personal terms, Butler’s nephew, a congressman, came onto the Senate floor and caned Sumner almost to death.
In comments, ColRebSez made the offhand remark that Sumner [...]