Authors/Books

The Attacking Ocean: Rising Sea Levels, Sea Surges and Humanity

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There will be a public lecture at the Archaeology Museum and Jaguar Productions at the University of South Alabama Thursday Feb. 6 with Dr. Brian Fagan, one of the world’s leading archaeological and historical writers. Dr. Fagan will be delivering a free public lecture The Attacking Ocean: Rising Sea Levels, Sea Surges, and Humanity at…

A Word About Character and Class as Alabama Takes On LSU

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The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – The word “character” has many definitions, and it is often combined with the word class. It is often said that learning to play as a member of a team builds character and class in the individual. This subject is on my mind this morning for a number…

J.D. Salinger’s Secret Life to be Exposed in New Documentary

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By Paul Harris – The Guardian – Documentary promising revelations about reclusive Catcher in the Rye author has been snapped up by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein – J.D. Salinger, the elusive author of The Catcher in the Rye, was one of America’s most famous recluses and guarded his private life with fanatical dedication. Yet even…

Birmingham Barons Welcome Historic 1964 Barons To New Regions Field

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By Glynn Wilson – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — It was 1947 when Jack “Jackie” Roosevelt Robinson, son of a sharecropper from Cairo, Georgia, broke the color line in baseball. It was the beginning of the end for segregation in all aspects of American life, a trend that began during the Civil War when Abraham Lincoln freed…

Birmingham Barons to Welcome ’64 Barons To Regions Field

The Birmingham Barons minor league baseball team will welcome former members of the 1964 Barons to the new Regions Field in downtown Birmingham on Tuesday, May 14 to commemorate the release of SOUTHERN LEAGUE: A True Story of Baseball, Civil Rights, and the Deep South’s Most Compelling Pennant Race from Grand Central Publishing, written by…

Confessions of an Unread Book Reviewer

By Jim Reed – As a reviewer, it’s hard not to cheat. Some publisher or hopeful author sends me a package of material, including a book, and hopes that something within that package will inspire me to write a review. Actually, that’s not quite true. Said publisher or author hopes that I’ll write a favorable…

Scotland to Celebrate 175th Anniversary of John Muir’s Birth

“One touch of nature makes all the world kin.” – John Muir, in The Cruise of the Corwin (1917) Chapter 3 (echoing William Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida: “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”) – By Glynn Wilson – Under the Microscope – It has come to my attention that there will be…

Daniel-Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln: An Important Story for All Time

By Glynn Wilson – There is no more significant or enigmatic a character in American history than Abraham Lincoln. He is often ranked for success or popularity by historians and public opinion surveys as number one on the list of top U.S. presidents. But while Lincoln has been depicted on film before, it is about…

The Newsroom Season Finale: A Greater Fool

Picasso’s Don Quixote “I’m a loafer by nature, I’m too lazy to go hunting for authors who say what I already know how to say without their help.” – The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, Volume 1, Prologue, pg. 8 by Glynn Wilson I have a confession to make. I realize I’m a…

Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power

In a new book, author Craig Unger examines the return of Karl Rove, the man who masterminded the rise of George W. Bush from governor of Texas to a two-term presidency, who advised Bush during two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and who was at the center of two of the biggest scandals of the…

What Would Woody Guthrie Do?

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Imagine you are a singer-songwriter allowed free access to the Woody Guthrie archives of unrecorded lyrics, to explore at will and take what you want for the making of a record of songs from America’s great hobo prophet. That’s exactly what Jonatha Brooke is doing for a special concert…

Conservatives Attack Scientific Findings About Why They Hate Science

Which Helps Confirm the Science Guest Column by Chris Mooney AlterNet Two months have passed since my new book, The Republican Brain, was published, and so far it has gotten a lot of media attention. However, the coverage has followed a noteworthy pattern: while progressives and liberals seem intrigued about what I’m saying, the so-called…

E.O. Wilson Talks About The Social Conquest of Earth on C-SPAN

Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist E.O. Wilson talks about the rise and domination of Homo sapiens on Earth. He spoke at the Free Library of Philadelphia on C-SPAN. He explains where we came from and who we are, two of the big three questions, the other being where are we going. And he talks about the need…

On the State of Reading and Writing in America Today

All the King’s Men Trailer The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson It’s overcast and quiet on the screened-in porch, with just a little low down piano jazz accompanying the trilling of the lady cardinals this Sunday morning as I gather my thoughts for the weekly commentary in this space. My dog Jefferson is sitting quietly…

Greg Palast’s New Book and Film for the BBC Vultures’ Picnic Investigates Oil Industry Corruption

Greg Palast’s BBC crew of journalist-detectives chase down British Petroleum bag men, CIA operatives, nuclear power con men — and “The Vultures,” billionaire financial speculators who, through bribery, flim-flam and political muscle, take entire nations hostage for mega-profits. The action begins when the Deepwater Horizon explodes in the Gulf of Mexico and a confidential cable…

Is A Great Compromise Between Science and Religion Possible?

Our Ultimate Fate May Depend Upon It by Glynn Wilson The very fate of our human species, yes, and your state too — as well as this country and the earth — may well depend on a compromise between science and religion. Yes, you read that correctly. Not that I ever wanted to admit it…

Photographer Rowland Scherman Was There

He Shot Rock ‘n’ Roll Too How many roads must a man walk down Before they call him a man? The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind The answer is blowin’ in the wind. – Bob Dylan Glynn Wilson Rowland Scherman at Art Folk, Inc., “We Shot Rock ‘n’ Roll” (See video, links…

Huckleberry Finn Without the N-Word?

My old friend Randall Williams of New South Books is on the hot seat on CBS’s “60 Minutes” for publishing a version of Mark Twain’s classic book Huckleberry Finn — with the word “slave” substituted for the word “nigger.” Censorship? Or a great way to get the book taught in public schools again?