Nonfiction

Articles, essays, and opinions from & about the New South.

A Political Eulogy | Nonfiction

A Political Eulogy | Nonfiction

As I walked my Carolina Wild Dog Max this morning, I passed one of my Trump neighbors walking his Dachshund mix. Behind him was an overweight tomcat along for the morning constitutional. “He doesn’t need a leash yet,” I remarked. “No, not yet,” the guy said. We smiled...
Ella: A Life Reconsidered | Nonfiction

Ella: A Life Reconsidered | Nonfiction

Covington, Georgia January 1977 I’ve heard it told a person knows when it’s their time to die. I accept this, although I’m not sure why. It seems futile to fight this inner knowing. Perhaps when I pass, I will better understand things that haunt me. Troubling...
One Good Shot | Nonfiction

One Good Shot | Nonfiction

Cypress trees stand in shallow water along the shore of Phelps Lake in North Carolina’s Washington County. When dawn arrives, we are there, spread out along the L-shaped wooden dock with our tripods positioned, wide-angle lenses mounted, apertures set, each eager to...
Hope is a Strategy | Nonfiction

Hope is a Strategy | Nonfiction

The second time Obama Fever flared, I was going on three months in Wilmington, North Carolina, struggling to find a foothold in my new setting and not at all fitting in. I’d felt a sort of unbridled optimism during Obama’s 2008 campaign, from “Yes We Can” as a slogan...