By D.G. Martin D.G. Martin hosts “North Carolina Bookwatch,” which airs Sundays at noon and Thursdays at 5 p.m. on UNC-TV. For more information or to view prior programs visit unctv.org/ncbookwatch.
  • Eastern North Carolina is my Tuscany, my Szechuan, my Provence

    September 28, 2016 at 1:00 am

    Who is the most famous woman in North Carolina today? Think Eastern North Carolina. Think restaurants. Think public television’s popular program, “A Chef’s Life.” Then, on October 4, think books. On that date, the revolutionary new cookbook of our most famous woman, Vivian Howard, hits the bookstore shelves, and her photograph on the lovely book […]

  • The election will be over, not HB2

    September 20, 2016 at 1:00 am

    What do you hate more? The presidential election campaign? Or the furor over HB2? The good news is that one will be over in a few weeks. The bad news is that the other won’t. On November 8 the election campaigning ends. The heavy doses of drug-like campaign ads and cable news coverage the mean-spirited, […]

  • Remembering what we thought 15 years ago

    September 14, 2016 at 1:00 am

    Fifteen years ago, following September 11, 2001, I wrote the following: War. War. War. What is it about this word that excites us, that unifies us, that puts aside at least for a moment our selfish preoccupation with ourselves? The word brings with it a spirit of action that rises out of September 11’s time […]

  • Local Eateries for Politicians and for us

    September 7, 2016 at 1:00 am

    It is here. Just in time for the election season, this new book can guide this fall’s political candidates to the North Carolina eateries where locals gather to eat and exchange information and viewpoints about public affairs. For instance, the book features a barbecue in Concord where Hillary Clinton campaigned in 2008, a downtown café […]

  • Books for Trump and Clinton

    August 30, 2016 at 1:00 am

    Could reading a few North Carolina connected books help Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton be better candidates, campaigners, and debaters during the next couple of months? I think so. If Trump read UNC-Chapel Hill Professor Konrad Jarausch’s 800-page “Out of Ashes: A New History of Europe in the Twentieth Century,” it would amaze us. First, […]

  • The Minotaur and Today’s Politics

    August 24, 2016 at 1:00 am

    Do you think that the Greek legendary half-bull, half-man called the Minotaur could help us understand what is going on in American politics this year? In case you do not remember the Minotaur, he was the offspring of a queen of Crete, who, subject to a curse from a vengeful god, fell madly in love […]

  • Hard to Win After Beating the Party Establishment in the Primaries

    August 16, 2016 at 1:00 am

    Is Donald Trump really a unique political candidate? Did North Carolina ever have anybody in politics who compares with him? When I asked that question in a column last year, I suggested U.S. Senator Robert Reynolds “out-Trumped” Trump and was so full of bunkum that it was part of his nickname, “Buncombe Bob.”  Reynolds served […]

  • A Word to Make Trump Immortal

    August 9, 2016 at 1:00 am

    He has put his mark on buildings and businesses that might last a lifetime. But could he more effectively gain immortality by adding his name to the language? That is the way, for instance, that Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry did it 200 years ago. He signed a partisan redistricting plan in which one district looked […]

  • Chang and Eng: Chapter Two

    August 2, 2016 at 1:00 am

    Sometimes a simple newspaper column can take its writer to surprising places. For instance, after my column on the Siamese Twins was published last month, I got a call from Henry Bunker who lives in Mebane. His brother, Fred, read the column and passed it to Henry. “We’re descendants of the twins,” Henry said, “and […]

  • Take a Break From Politics; Read Books

    July 26, 2016 at 1:00 am

    Do you need relief from two weeks of over-the-top contentious politics? Here are four books that could give both Trump and Clinton supporters a break from worrying about our political future. One is the paperback edition of a poignant memoir by one of North Carolina’s most important novelists. It hit bookstore shelves this week. Another […]

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