On “Hillbilly Elegy”

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The bestseller “Hillbilly Elegy” left out a lot of hillbillies. Big thanks to the Chicago Tribune for giving me a chance to sing their praises with the below essay. * I…

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8 Ideas for a WV Revival

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Sometimes I get snarky. Like the other day, when I spotted Jim Justice’s gubernatorial campaign ideas for turning West Virginia into a tourism mecca. I tweeted, “Tourism, yes! Horse races, golf, &…

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Haute cuisine doesn’t stand a chance. Sure, wheatgrass fanciness shows up in all those lifestyle magazines. Trying it might even be fun, but we all know that trendy eats will never have the…

Stop the Presses

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Did you know you can pick up handmade, Appalachian art for as little as four dollars? Under the mantle Appalachia Press, John Reburn creates affordable and quirky art pieces on his old…

How To Eat Salt Rising Bread

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Pearl Haines was making soap with her daughter, a kettle of hog’s fat boiling in the yard and autumn leaves swirling behind them, when Jenny Bardwell stopped to say hello. She remembers…

Most Appalachian Novel Ever?

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Fifteen-year-old Dawn Jewell isn’t a bad girl, but she sure steals a lot of vehicles. It starts with a four-wheeler, which she rides away from chess pie, Mountain Dew, and…

One Song: By and By

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How many bluegrass bands craft instruments from trash? Just one by my count. The Hackensaw Boys have built and rebuilt its signature percussion instrument from tin-cans, hubcaps, license plates, and a…

The Revivalist At Home

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If I seemed a little distracted last year, it was because I was high on paint fumes and trying to find my laptop amidst remodeling rubble. Our place is finally done…

Fast Spirits

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“We’re creating a revolution in how you can make mature whiskey,” says Joel Patrino of Blue Ridge Distilling Company, one of the newest distilleries in the nation and perhaps the…

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