Gwenyfar Rohler

Commentator

Gwenyfar Rohler (a/k/a Gwenyfar) is following in her father's footsteps as a writer: she is the author of two books: Your Health is in Your Kitchen and The Promise of Peanuts. She also writes the Live Local. Live Small Column in our Alternative Weekly, Encore (www.Encorepub.com). You will find her most days at the Book Store where she is slowly cataloging the inventory. She loves to read play scripts, mid 20 th century fiction, and the classics.

Manual Labor

Apr 8, 2013
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As a child, Gwenyfar Rohler was an equal opportunity lover of words--even the ones that were off-limits. Her punishment for uttering those jaw-dropping words?: copying literary works by hand. Here, she shares one of her mother's favorite selections, Rudyard Kipling's If, and what the poem has taught her.

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Gwenyfar Rohler is no stranger to love or good literature; she has had a love for books since time immemorial and been a veteran of the infatuated and broken-hearted since the ripe age of fourteen. On this, Valentine's Day, Gwenyfar shares how her idea of love has changed over the years, and praises one of her favorite romantic poets.

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Gwenyfar Rohler was an only child, but never short on companions. Today, she introduces us to one of her dear friends, Walter Mitty.

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Once and Future King

Dec 20, 2012
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As the holidays grow nearer, commentator Gwenyfar Rohler considers King Arthur's ambitions and the human capacity for empathy in the age of rapid-fire public comment. 

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Literary scholar Gwenyfar Rohler considers altruism and anonymity as it applies to Anthony Hope's The Prisoner of Zenda, and the fate of one fortunate actor. 

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Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler’s love for books is no secret, but she also appreciates those beautiful things books come from—trees.  

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Gwenyfar Rohler has nothing against picking up the popular, paperback sensation rushing to the top of the Best Seller's list. Entertainment has its place. But, for her, literature that provokes thought, action, and perhaps makes the reader feel a tad uncomfortable gets at the heart of what art ought to do.

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The Crucible

Sep 10, 2012
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Arthur Miller's The Crucible will likely be performed in many a high school across the country this year for several reasons--some practical, some artistic. Gwenyfar Rohler tells us why the play and the character of its author share a timeless value beyond the stage.

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Lovesong

Aug 9, 2012
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Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler revisits Prufrock and consults the classics on the topic of love.  Some things are timeless, and what rang true then still resonates with life - and love - in modern times.

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With Juneteenth just passed, and the petition for the pardons of the Wilmington Ten before Governor Perdue, Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler reads an excerpt from James Baldwin's open letter to President Carter, pertaining to the  plight of our ten and the Charlotte Three.

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