Revival of an American Storyteller: My Walk with Kathryn Tucker Windham...

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     They came from an era vastly different from our own.      In medieval times, people combined stories, poetry, music, and dance as a form of entertainment. The ones who excelled at this practice were revered and respected, often reaping the greatest benefits of their talents as honored members of royal courts. The people called them troubadours or minstrels, and women held these roles just as frequently as men.      They journeyed from land to land gathering news and learning favorite tales of the regions. Often they developed their own stories but sometimes… sometimes, they took bits and pieces of other people’s tales and adventures and embellished them with their own. It is said that good storytellers have the ability to hold an audience in the palm of their hand, observing their reactions and...

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Review: The Food Truck Cookbook...

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     Food trucks are a continuing trend in the Southern States. Once reserved for bigger cities like New York and Los Angeles, the slow growing economy has brought the popular mobile eateries to smaller cities including Durham, North Carolina; Austin, Texas; and Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta has just installed its own Food Truck Park this summer. Not limited just hot dogs and pizza, there are trucks hocking gourmet grilled cheeses, slow smoked barbeque, popsicles, ice cream, cupcakes, and pies too.      Who better track this trend than a writer who has not only dedicated himself to preserving our Southern Foodways but has also experienced the thrills of running a mobile food business himself? John T. Edge’s newest book: [italicize] The Truck Food Cookbook: 150 Recipes and Ramblings from America’s Best Restaurants on Wheels devours the...

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An Interview with Courtney E. Smith...

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San Antonio-based writer Courtney E. Smith is the author of Record Collecting for Girls, a critically-acclaimed book about music from a female perspective.  Liam O'Brien, head music writer for Drawl, interviewed Smith about the industry, up-and-coming artists, and of course, the South. L.O.:  In your book, you state, "In a small way, I've been shaping the music you've been listening to for a decade." That's a pretty impressive statement, but one that you immediately back up in your book as you go on to describe your time at MTV. My question is: How do you see the role of 'taste-making' figures in the music industry changing as the market for music changes? Also, looking to the future, what kind of positive role do you feel that these figures can play for the female listeners you...

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