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George Hazard: 'Matterhorn' answers wait for Vietnam novel

Posted 7/24/2010 in Local Columns

Two groups have been waiting for Matterhorn, subtitled, "a novel of the Vietnam War," by Karl Marlantes. Veterans of that war are much the more important group, waiting to see if a novel could convey the nonsense of that war, its nonsense, given its constraints on their military power and its stress on body counts rather than territorial objectives -- and convey a realistic reckoning with their suffering and loyalty.

 

 

Starkville Now: Robbie Coblentz: CottonMills favoritism is wrong (link)

Posted 7/22/2010 in Local Columns

 

 

Danny Gardener: Weekend get-away on Gulf Coast offers a refreshing hiatus

Posted 7/20/2010 in Local Columns

"The Gulf Coast is lovely this time of year, and besides, we need to support the people down there whom the oil gusher has affected."

 

Birney Imes: Honey, please do something about those barking raccoons

Posted 7/17/2010 in Local Columns

One night a couple weeks ago we were awakened at 3:30 in the morning by a clatter from the back porch.

 

Ben Toledano: Opposition bordering on the ridiculous

Posted 7/17/2010 in Local Columns

Surely I can't be the only person amazed by the opposition to Arizona's Senate Bill 1070 "relating to unlawfully present aliens." However, the opposition itself is one thing; the expressed reasons for it are quite another. What is really going on here?

 

Rufus Ward: Nicola Marschall's Columbus portraits

Posted 7/17/2010 in Local Columns

Nicola Marschall was a Prussian born portrait painter whose works included portraits of Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Otto Von Bismarck and many other notable figures of the mid to late 1800s.

 

Peter Imes: Changes in communication

Posted 7/15/2010 in Local Columns

Let's look at the way the Internet has changed the way we communicate with each other.

 

Steve Mullen: During the Williams Home's intermission, a costume change

Posted 7/14/2010 in Local Columns

The Tennessee Williams Home and Welcome Center at the corner of Main and Third streets -- and much of the block it sits on -- is abuzz with activity. Tuesday, a platoon of workers was laying the foundation for the new condominiums and office building behind the welcome center. The new building, which is being constructed by local developer Mark Castleberry, will have the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau as a downstairs tenant.

Shannon Bardwell: Photograph phobia

Posted 7/12/2010 in Local Columns

"Ma'am I'd like to up my weight by a few pounds. That's the weight I was when I got my learner's permit. I've been meaning to change it for about 40 years, but I'm just now getting around to it."

Birney Imes: To Kill a Mockingbird

Posted 7/10/2010 in Local Columns

Tommy Nettles' Southside home with its white picket fence and parlor with antique dining table, family portraits and overstuffed bookshelves reaching to the ceiling could have been a set in the movie, "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Steve Mullen: Things to do in the summer doldrums

Posted 7/7/2010 in Local Columns

We're in the doldrums. The Independence Day weekend is behind us. Most of us, if we were even planning to take a vacation, have gone and come back.

Shannon Bardwell: "How does your garden grow ... "

Posted 7/4/2010 in Local Columns

The square foot garden is coming along fine. I ate the five strawberries, 15 beans and one squash produced thus far; Sam said he'd stick with Cheerios. Something got to the lettuce before I did, but if zinnias and leafy cosmos were edible the Bardwells would have a cornucopia accented with one humongous sunflower.

Ask Rufus: Food for the Fourth

Posted 7/4/2010 in Local Columns

Picnics and food have long been associated with the celebration of the Fourth of July. What food is popular, though, has changed with the times. A 1902 suggestion for foods to be served on a summer picnic included "cold pigeon pie" and "jellied veal."

Garthia Elena Burnett: Open casting call

Posted 7/2/2010 in Local Columns

We pulled in to the Kohl's store parking lot in Roswell, Ga., Saturday at 5:20 a.m. It was still dark.

Steve Mullen: At Ole Miss, lions and muppets and bears -- oh my.

Posted 6/30/2010 in Local Columns

The good news: Admiral Ackbar, the fish-faced "Star Wars" character who was a campus favorite for Ole Miss' new mascot, isn't on the ballot.

Birney Imes: Allegra's next balancing act

Posted 6/26/2010 in Local Columns

If anyone can restore harmony to The W's fragmented, disaffected and, in some cases, embattled community, it is this former student, faculty member and administrator.

 

Peter Imes: How the Internet has changed movie rentals

Posted 6/24/2010 in Local Columns

This Friday and Saturday, I will be attending a newspaper conference in Tunica. One item of discussion will be whether or not newspaper websites should install paywalls on their websites.

 

Steve Mullen: Adventures in street-crossing

Posted 6/23/2010 in Local Columns

I don't have a crystal ball, but I know where I may very well die one day: In the intersection of College Street and Fifth Street South.

Birney Imes: The first day of summer

Posted 6/22/2010 in Local Columns

In the heat you can smell the honey and beeswax 10 feet from the hive. As our grandparents did in summers past, the bees escape the swelter by clustering outside on what is equivalent to their front porch. There and on the sides of the hive boxes they will remain making their low hum throughout the night. If the morning is cool, they will have retreated back inside by the time I return with my coffee.

 

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