Rediscovering Wild Rabbit Hash

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Animals were Grandpa Ferguson’s passion, both killing and keeping them. A fur trader by profession, he sold the pelts of creatures he hunted and fed his family their meat. Deer, raccoon, squirrel, rabbit, opossum—it was…

On “Hillbilly Elegy”

Photo courtesy of Roger May.

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…

8 Ideas for a WV Revival

Brew Sky Festival 2015 in West Virginia's Canaan Valley. Photo courtesy of Highland Outdoors.

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, &…

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…

Sweet Decay At a Mountain Resort

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William Jones hates highway driving—he told me this during one of our text marathons—so I felt bad when he aimed for an I-64 entrance ramp, me following his minivan, certain…

Buy, Borrow, or Steal?

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I rarely need a forty foot ladder, but this weekend, my sewer drain sprung a leak. This giant pipe runs clear to the roof where it syphons rainwater, though the plumber could have said it led to a magical rooftop…

Canary in the Code Mine

J. Paul Gorman, one of Appalachia’s newest coders. Photo by Philip Scott Andrews.

Coal is dead. There, I said it. It’s a tough pill for Appalachia to swallow—where coal has underpinned local economies for more than a century, where it’s given folks who hold nothing but high…

The Mine Wars, Rewriting History

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I’m such a slacker. On Wednesday night, The Mine Wars premiered on the PBS series American Experience, and I have to admit I missed it. (If it’s any comfort, PBS, I was binge…

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