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Curtis Wilkie talks about Scruggs in Little Rock

While I was away, Paul Quinn covered for the Arkansas Democrat Gazette an appearance by Curtis Wilkie at the Clinton School in Little Rock.  He put a teaser in his Twitter feed:  “Curtis Wilkie during lecture in LR, Ar.: Without going into much detail I can say, ‘Dickie Scruggs is not particularly happy with […]

Curtis Wilkie on the Gallo show and other Scruggs-related bits

First, I’ve heard from a couple of reliable sources that Hal Neilson and Zach Scruggs were having a coffee together at the coffee shop on North Lamar recently.

Second, Alan Lange pulled a couple of tidbits from Curtis Wilkie’s interview on the Gallo show this morning.  As Lange notes, when Zach Scruggs filed that […]

Judge Primeaux weighs Curtis Wilkie’s sympathy for the devil

Judge Primeaux on his 12th Chancery District Blog has a dead-on accurate review of Curtis Wilklie’s book, titled Sympathy for the Devil.

Although I commend Wilkies’s book to you, I do find it troubling that it is unabashedly sympathetic to Scruggs. Wilkie finally acknowledges their friendship at page 371, the third-to-last page of the […]

Curtis Wilkie interviewed on Mississippi Edition this AM

Sandra Knispel interviewed Curtis Wilkie this morning on Mississippi public radio.  She began by asking about the title invoking a Greek tragedy, she asked: wast it is inevitable his house would fall and crumble?

A.  Probably not. It fell because of some poor judgment on his part, the association of some people who got […]

New Barry Hannah Selected Stories at Square Books

Long, Last, Happy: New and Selected Stories by Barry Hannah is just out and available at Square Books in Oxford.  It has nine of the eleven stories in Airships, an early story, “Trek,” from 1964, and not been previously collected, four new stories from the last ten years, and seventeen more stories selected from Barry’s various […]

Curtis Wilkie ponders Scruggs’s character flaws in the Wall Street Journal

In a Wall Street Journal interview about his Scruggs book, Curtis Wilkie says he agrees with Diane Scruggs that Dick Scruggs’s character flaws were bad judgment induced by his drug problem and being a bad judge of character. Wilkie thinks greed was not involved.  I’m going to repeat my early visceral reaction to the […]

At Curtis Wilkie’s reading a Square Books… (plus a Roger Wicker story)

There was a huge and amiable crowd. Curtis selected well from what to read– he read a passage about politics that shows both a strength and weakness of the book. In 1994, Scruggs was contemplating the Medicare tobacco lawsuit. He had been threatened with indictment for taking a contingent fee for representing the state […]

Curtis Wilkie’s book out tomorrow, reading at Square Books

Curtis Wilkie’s book about Scruggs comes out tomorrow, launching with a reading at Square Books at 5:00. I expect there will be a very big crowd, and intend to go.

The DeSoto Times has an interview with Wilkie, and writes:

His relationship with Scruggs has garnered some skepticism in his ability to tell the […]

Jerry Mitchell Q&A with Curtis Wilkie about the Scruggs book

Jerry Mitchell does a Q&A with Curtis Wilkie about his book.  He starts with explaining why he decided to write the book, and explains what he learned:

A: A lot. I believe the book breaks a lot of new ground. I think there are all sorts of news stories that could be developed from […]

Does Fall of the House of Zeus resolve open questions about the Scruggs cases? Part 4 of 4

I’ve been revisiting questions about the Scruggs cases that appeared open in March of 2008, to see what answer might be provided by Curtis Wilkie’s book about the Scruggs scandal, Fall of the House of Zeus. I started with ten questions from David Rossmiller, and wrote about them here and here.  Now I’m going to […]