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Georgia Peaches

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 08.01.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

These Georgia peaches have contributed to the culture and economy of their state and the U.S. I have profiled two amazing Georgia women in recent blogs: Coretta Scott King and Juliette Gordon Low, both of whom have been inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. Of course, there are many other accomplished Georgia women. Let's learn about a few.

Are You An Ambitious Woman?

Gina Barreca | Posted 07.21.2014 | Women
Gina Barreca

Women rarely admit our ambitions out loud not only because we fear failure -- a fear we share with our male counterparts -- but because wanting to succeed might make us seem less feminine. That's the tricky part.

Richard Jolley: Cycle of Life

J. Michael Welton | Posted 07.01.2014 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

Up-and-coming Knoxville, Tennessee, is striving mightily to prove that great art doesn't grow only out of provincial urban Meccas -- and it's about to unveil the jewel that will crown that assertion.

Evil -- Marvelously Portrayed -- Why Do You Watch 'House of Cards'?

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 05.04.2014 | Entertainment
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

While virtue may evoke admiration, evil excites. The Underwoods are like power porn. They flesh out our fantasies. They are a trip into the forbidden in us all.

Jerry Stahl With the Skinny on Fatty, Republican Sun Gods, and Happy Mutant Babies

David Henry Sterry | Posted 02.02.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

Jerry is one of those rare writers who goes between Hollywood screenplays and novels. He writes dark subversive stories and he somehow continues to get away with it.

My Dear God, Make It Clean: Confession and Psalm 51

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 11.13.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

God can renew and refurbish our spirits, our hearts, our drive, our attitudes. God can give us a positive, willing, and steadfast spirit to live and learn from mistakes and to change direction. Yes, God can.

Famous Author Job Search Tips

Roger Wright | Posted 11.10.2013 | Books
Roger Wright

What if reading Elmore Leonard, F. Scott Fitzgerald or any great author could help you find a job?Sounds crazy. Or at best a gimmick. Until you start thinking about what really helps people find jobs.

What I Don't Know For Sure

Donna Jean Freberg | Posted 04.09.2013 | Religion
Donna Jean Freberg

I thought I knew everything. Or at least pretty close. It took a long time to become wise, and by wise I mean to realize how much I don't actually know. And for a while it's left me feeling pretty faithless and lost.

Literary Luminaries: Ayana Mathis And 13 Other Authors Of The Iowa Writers' Workshop

Posted 12.12.2012 | OWN

For more than 70 years, the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop has been one of the most prestigious programs of its kind in the United States. Celeb...

Honey Boo Boo As A Fictional Character

Jonathan Rogers | Posted 12.18.2012 | Books
Jonathan Rogers

Are Honey Boo Boo and her family like something out of Flannery O'Connor? Perhaps they are. But so are those of us who gawk at them from the safety of our judgment seats. The central figure in O'Connor's fiction, as it turns out, is neither the freak nor the felon, but the Pharisee.

Reading Great Writers' Worst Books

Peter Brown Hoffmeister | Posted 10.28.2012 | Books
Peter Brown Hoffmeister

This summer, I found myself re-reading Alice Walker's The Color Purple, a book that is both wonderful and awful. After finishing, I asked myself, "Why do some books by great authors (or parts of books by great authors) work so well, while others fail?"

The River Witch Is an Impressive First Novel

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 07.11.2012 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

The River Witch tells a story of the deep South with all its mystery, strangeness and distinction. Its essence brings to mind memories of the stories of Flannery O'Connor and Carson McCullers.

Famous Authors’ Bizarre Obsessions

Posted 02.21.2012 | Books

By Emily Temple for Flavorwire: We tend to put our favorite authors on a pedestal, and in some ways when we do that, we turn them into characters t...

8 Writing Tips From Flannery O'Connor

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 01.10.2012 | Books
Gretchen Rubin

Flannery O'Connor's collected letters have been published in The Habit of Being. These letters are fascinating, and among other thing, include some interesting advice and observations about writing.

Clearing Clutter? Think About Appearances, Too

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.23.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

Outer order contributes to inner calm. It's not such a big deal to have a messy coat closet or a crowded desk -- yet I get a surprising rush of happiness and relief when I clear clutter.

On Dialect, Dialogue and Good Books

Angela Flournoy | Posted 11.06.2011 | Black Voices
Angela Flournoy

A recent conversation about Ebonics got me to thinking about Faulkner and James Baldwin, and the way certain dialects in this country get no respect.

Hymns, Harrows, Harvests & More: Chatting with John Hiatt, Gillian Welch and Umphrey's McGee's Joel Cummins

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.02.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

John Hiatt's new album Dirty Jeans And Mudslide Hymns kicks off with a pretty universally themed song, "Damn This Town." It's true, no matter what town you grow up in, every kid can't wait to get out of it.

Fortune Teller Miracle Fish: The Short Story Is Back

Jenny Block | Posted 09.20.2011 | Books
Jenny Block

If you are new to the short story, if you think them above or beneath you, if you've never given them a second thought, think of this as an invitation to a genre that will certainly surprise you.

The Weirdest Writing Habits Of Famous Authors

Posted 09.12.2011 | Books

From Flavorwire: It's an old topic but it always manages to be interesting -- what did the authors we love do in order to write what they did? Beyo...

Mighty Movie Podcast: Michael Tully on Septien

Dan Persons | Posted 09.07.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

The tale of three brothers travels a strange, twisted, and ultimately fascinating route. Septien essentially delights in its own impertinence -- fortunately, it's charming enough to get away with it.

Flannery O'Connor: You May Know Her Prose, But Have You Seen Her Cartoons?

guardian.co.uk | Posted 09.05.2011 | Books

Flannery O'Connor is best remembered for her potent fictions, and to a lesser extent for her unfortunate life (she eked out the last decade and a half...

250 Books By Women All Men Should Read

Joyland | Posted 08.01.2011 | Books

Esquire reposted a slide show of 75 books all men should read. The books are mostly fantastic and the headline phrasing didn't much bug us. After all,...

10 Best Short Stories Of All Time

flavorwire.com | Posted 07.27.2011 | Books

As a fitting finale to National Short Story Month, we asked the talented crew over at One Story to name their ten favorite epigrammatic tales. Tanya R...

10 Novels That Will Disturb Even The Coldest Of Hearts

flavorwire.com | Posted 07.18.2011 | Books

Jezebel-writer Anna North’s debut novel, America Pacifica, is out today. The story centers around an impoverished teenage girl who is struggling to ...

Reading In Public

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It's been too long since we've shared with you the pulse of the people. It's a little segment we like to call Reading In Public! Here's how it works:...