In Which I Re-Find My Way

That I’ve made serious life change in the past two years isn’t news. I’ve quit drinking, stopped smoking, ended some unhealthy relationships (sometimes happily, sometimes with great sadness), revamped my eating, taken up a healthy exercise regiment. I’ve started – in small ways – to find myself as a person again, uncovering all the components…

The Salton Sea (38 of 90)

My buddy Austin and I find movies for each other. Or we used to. Back when we actually had time to do things like watch movies and then share them with each other. (The best moment is when, on the same day, we each picked out Donnie Darko for the other one. Unbeknownst to the…

“Here I Am, On The Road Again” (35 of 90)

Out there in the spotlight/You’re a million miles away Every ounce of energy/You try to give away As the sweat pours out your body/Like the music that you play Later in the evening/As you lie awake in bed With the echoes from the amplifiers/Ringin’ in your head You smoke the day’s last cigarette,/Rememberin’ what she…

Berea College

I spent the last few days at Berea College, digging through the Appalachian Feuds special collections. There was some good information there. It’s mostly filler material, the backdrop information for the story. But I have 200 pages of material coming to me. The drive down was spectacular. While some folks complain about the flatlands of…

Notes from the Clay County War

I’ve been in the special collections section of the Berea College archives. Until recently, this school had a large number of files associated with my family and the 100-year feud in Southern Kentucky. Apparently those files are now in Manchester, the County Seat. Still, I found some interesting tidbits in the New York Times: From…

The Un-American Story (3 of 90)

I’m currently working on a book, a memoir really, about my family. It’s one of several projects I have going at the moment, and I’m not entirely sure how I am going to pull all these off. But I’m never quite sure how I’m going to pull anything off. I just keep putting on foot…

On Clay County and the Census Worker (2 of 90)

Thing 2: Some of us are trying to raise kids here, and we’ve got plenty of cultural self-loathing to fight already, thanks. — comment from Techno-Files, or Why I Learned to Hate the Coast There’s a certain Appalachian small townie-ness that has come to the Web, a place built on instant communication, community and conversation.…

Video: So Far Appalachia, Session 1

I’ll be chronicling my adventures writing my book So Far Appalachia. Also, I will be lobbying to have John Cusack play me in the movie (and if I can work it out, maybe meet with Diablo Cody — you know, just cause I love her words.)