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
  • One on One: Taking a Knee and Remembering Dean Smith and Charlie Scott

    October 24, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Do you grit your teeth when an athlete or performer takes a knee during the National Anthem before a game begins? We have mixed feelings, don’t we? Like UNC-Chapel Hill basketball coach Roy Williams, who was angry when he first heard about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s pre-game protests of police violence against black […]

  • One on One: Stealing our Shadows

    October 17, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Has this year’s presidential election stolen our shadows? “What do you mean?” I can hear you asking that question. To understand about such shadows, it helps to read North Carolina beloved former poet laureate and UNCG Professor Fred Chappell’s new book, “A Shadow All of Light.” It is a magical, or speculative, story set in […]

  • Why Democrats Could Benefit from a Trump victory

    October 10, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Most Democrats are happy that Donald Trump’s campaign is stumbling. But some, looking at the long term, might think that a Trump win next month would be a good thing. Not for the country, they would explain, but for the future of the Democratic Party. Just like Barack Obama’s win in 2008 hurt Democrats in […]

  • 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 […]

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