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State of Things
12:25 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

The Family Fang

Book cover, ''The Family Fang''

Camille and Caleb Fang love to put people in uncomfortable situations. They're performance artists who think nothing of making a scene by stealing candy at a mall or heckling a pair of young street performers. But the Fang’s greatest works are their damaged children who they traumatize in the name of art. For example, they dress their son as a girl and enter him in a beauty pageant. In The Family Fang" (Ecco/2011), first time novelist Kevin Wilson explores the dependent and often twisted relationship between parents and children.

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State of Things
12:03 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

NC Literary Lights: The Literary Legacy of Doris Betts

Doris Betts
Credit http://www.ncwriters.org/

Novelist and short story author Doris Betts' enduring characters have won her favorable comparisons to Flannery O'Connor and William Faulkner throughout her long career. Among those characters is Violet, the scarred heroine of "The Ugliest Pilgrim" and “Violet,” the musical that short story inspired. Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy at the Progress Energy Center in Raleigh presents "Violet" this weekend. As part of our continuing series, North Carolina Literary Lights, host Frank Stasio talks about the play with director Eric Woodall and about Betts' literary legacy with Marianne Gingher, professor of English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Joe Flora, professor emeritus of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Lynn Veach Sadler, a Betts scholar and former vice president of Methodist University in Fayetteville.

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State of Things
11:46 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Hindu Chaplain at Duke

Usha Rajagopalan
Credit www.today.duke.edu

Duke University has named its first Hindu chaplain. Usha Rajagopalan's peripatetic young life in India exposed her to diverse forms of Hinduism, and for the past decade she's been educating Triangle residents about her faith through workshops, discussions – and puppets. 

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State of Things
9:00 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Meet Kelley Katzenmeyer

Kelley Katzenmeyer
Credit www.lemonadestandproductions.com

Filmmaker Kelley Katzenmeyer, a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, deferred her admission to Columbia University to study abroad in Seoul, South Korea last year. She took her camera and immediately went to work documenting the rigorous Korean education system. Katzenmeyer planned to make a film about the pressures placed on Korean students to succeed, but she discovered that the pressure of attaining cosmetic beauty rivals academics. The forthcoming film is Katzenmeyer’s first documentary project.

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State of Things
1:10 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

The Wanderlust Files

Ndem, Senegal
Credit Sed Miles

The last time Durham-based photographer Sed Miles was on “The State of Things,” he was preparing to pack up and leave the country, headed out on a dream assignment to see the world. Since then, he’s been to Mexico, Brazil, several European countries and West Africa. Miles has been documenting his travels on a photography blog he calls “The Wanderlust Files.”

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State of Things
1:06 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

Adventures of a Funny Southern Woman

Celia Rivenbark, one of our favorite humor columnists, is out with a new collection of essays, "You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl" (St. Martin's Griffin, 2011). In it, she riffs on yoga, Twitter, sleeping hip-hop stars, cinema and, of course, Aunt Verlie.

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State of Things
1:02 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

Shana Tucker

Shana Tucker
Credit www.soundsituations.com

College exposed cellist Shana Tucker to a world of musical possibilities. Before enrolling at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Tucker had only been trained to play classical music. But during her time as an undergrad in the nation’s capital, she was introduced to jazz and the magic that can be created with improvisation. Tucker, a singer-songwriter, now lives in North Carolina where she is fast becoming a staple of the music scene in the Triangle. Her debut solo CD, “Shine” was released this year.

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State of Things
12:15 pm
Thu August 11, 2011

Suing Bank of America

AIG was one of the most vilified culprits of the financial crisis, but now the insurance giant says it was actually duped by Bank of America. AIG claims in a new $10 billion lawsuit that the Charlotte-based bank misrepresented the quality of its mortgage-backed securities.

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State of Things
11:48 am
Thu August 11, 2011

The Night Train

Book cover, ''The Night Train''

Clyde Edgerton's new novel, "The Night Train," focuses on the transcendent power of American music as witnessed in the small, fictional North Carolina town of Starke. In the summer of 1963, protagonists Dwayne, who is white, and Larry Lime, who is African-American, strike up a friendship despite the social mores of the time. Dwayne wants to be James Brown. Larry Lime worships at the altar of Thelonius Monk.

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State of Things
1:13 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

Your Digital Afterlife

Your Digital Afterlife

Your digital life has a life of its own. Whether you’re on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter or linked in to any social network server, it’s likely that your online existence will outlive you. Authors John Romano and Evan Carroll started thinking about what happens to people’s online presence once they die. They found that much of the information – from emails and blog postings to financial records and photographs – is at risk of being lost forever in cyberspace. Their book, “Your Digital Afterlife” (New Riders Press/2010), tells readers how to preserve and protect their online legacies.

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