John Szwed’s biography of Alan Lomax

“Worse than thieves are ballad collectors, for when they capture and imprison in cold type a folk song, at the same time they kill it.” John Lomax, from the introduction to American Ballads and Folk Songs

“One of the reasons that Alan has made enemies is that he has done most of his […]

State approves Oxford’s limited Sunday sales ordinance

Errol Castens reports that the state has approved Oxford’s Sunday ordinance:

Oxford residents and visitors will be able to have a glass of wine with brunch or dinner on certain Sundays, starting with Mother’s Day.

Mayor George “Pat” Patterson received notice Monday afternoon that the Mississippi Department of Revenue has approved Oxford’s request to legalize […]

Florida District judge holds Health Care Reform unconstitutional

The judge held that the individual mandate exceeded the Commerce Clause power, and that the provision wasn’t severable– the whole act falls with it. All other claims were rejected. This makes four decisions, two (Michigan and W.D. Virginia) upholding the law and two (E.D. Virginia and this one) holding it unconstitutional.

You can read the […]

Your tax dollars at work, at Miss. SuperTalk Radio

CottonMouth points to a great resource–, where you can find out what various parts of state government spend, by category, department, or (most interestingly) vendor. Their website promises to put county, school, and city numbers up in the future.

CottonMouth learned of the degree to which the state is funding SuperTalk radio. The State […]

The internet went dark in Egypt (interesting graph)

The graph above shows the internet going off in Egypt as if someone threw a few switches (although it was probably the result of a few phone calls to the big providers).

Wired has the story. The only parts left on (representing the trickle of traffic in the chart above) served the Egyptian stock […]

Dean Faulkner Wells’s memoir, Every Day by the Sun is coming out in March

Dean Faulkner Wells is William Faulkner’s niece; her father died flying his brother William’s in the 1930s, just months before Dean Wells was born. She was raised in large part in William’s mother’s house (where she lives, now, on South Lamar in Oxford) and in and out of Rowan Oak.

In March, she will […]

Rep. Snowden says the Miss. state House Dem. leadership effectively killed Arizona-style immigration bill

Rep. Snowden, a Republican from Meridian, writes on a Clarion Ledger blog how the bill was passed and effectively killed at the same time. I hope hie’s right (although I don’t think this is exactly a Hobson’s choice):

Thomas Hobson rented horses from his 17th Century livery stable in Cambridge. In order to keep his […]

Congressman Thompson takes on Gov. Barbour on civil rights memory and the health care bill

In a guest column in the Clarion Ledger, Congressman Bennie Thompson describes Gov. Barbour’s remarks about desegregation in Yazoo City and writes:

That response left many of us doubting his knowledge of our state’s bloody history and his commitment to overcoming the effects of that history. Gov. Barbour later offered up two symbolic gestures – […]

Pharaoh’s army got drownded: Twitter from Egypt

@acarvin is the online community organizer for NPR. He really does what his job title implies– brillant organizing of social media sources for major news events here and abroad.

His reaction to social media being shut down in Egypt has been to go to Cairo, and today he’s been posting from there. The photo […]

Joe York’s documentary Mississippi Innocence

Here’s the trailer. The movie will premier February 11th in Oxford.