Commentaries

"Infinite Jest"

Oct 13, 2015

What makes an artist truly great? A recent conversation about David Foster Wallace forces commentator Gwenyfar Rohler to weigh in.

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

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"Word Ancestors"

Sep 29, 2015

We all have them. Ancestors, I mean, says commentator Nan Graham. But some of the origins of familiar terms bear little resemblance to their long ago ancestors.

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, "Turn South at the Next Magnolia" and "In a Magnolia Minute."

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The literal minds of children can shed light on just how metaphorical our language is. Commentator Philip Gerard reflects on some of his early word misunderstandings.

Philip Gerard is the author of seven books, eleven documentary scripts, and numerous short stories and essays. He teaches in the Creative Writing Department at UNC Wilmington.

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Commentator Annie Gray Johnston shares an experience she hasn't spoken of since 1987.

Annie Gray Johnston is a General Enthusiast and a Free Lance Nut.

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We are judged not just by our deeds but by our words. Commentator Philip Gerard recalls how the words of one American hero came to haunt him.

Philip Gerard is the author of seven books, eleven documentary scripts, and numerous short stories and essays. He teaches in the Creative Writing Department at UNC Wilmington.

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"Frankenstein"

Sep 8, 2015

For commentator Gwenyfar Rohler, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein isn't just a great horror story. It's a meditation on the act of creation.

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

This week, commentator Shane Fernando takes us on a ride around the historic Kenan Memorial Fountain.

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of the Humanities and Fine Arts Center at CFCC. He lives with his partner in Historic Downtown Wilmington.

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Emerging Voices: The Case for Debate

Aug 27, 2015
Image: Brad Calkins

Argumentativeness is not generally considered a desirable trait, but don’t curb your tongue just yet.   

According to our Emerging Voices Commentator Zaida Marquis, the urge to disagree can be transformed into a useful set of skills. After her experience on the debate team, she argues for the value of debate in the middle school curriculum.  

The Devil You Say

Aug 25, 2015

Language today is undergoing radical change. Some say this is a good thing. Commentator Nan Graham says, not always!

Nan Graham has been a WHQR commentator for over 20 years. She too has undergone some changes. Not always a good thing.

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Sleepwalker

Aug 18, 2015

Commentator Philip Gerard recounts the mystery of his brother's sleepwalking.

Philip Gerard is the author of seven books, eleven documentary scripts, and numerous short stories and essays. He teaches Creative Writing at UNC- Wilmington

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