Philip Gerard

Commentator

Philip Gerard is the author of seven books, eleven documentary scripts, and numerous short stories and essays. He chairs the Department of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington. For more information about Philip, please visit his website.

Scout's Honor

Nov 1, 2012
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Philip Gerard was never a Boy Scout. Had he been, one moment in history could have been changed forever. Today, he tells us why we all have his father to thank for a catastrophic event that Philip could have prevented. 

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No Accident

Sep 20, 2012
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There are things we don't want to see and things we can't avoid. Philip Gerard encounters both when he witnesses  the aftermath of an accident he didn't see, but saw coming before it happened. 

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Ticking Tomb

Aug 22, 2012
Oblam

Rickety chairs, a legend of a tinsmith and a woe-begone damsel waiting for her long-departed love: such is the stuff of any good ghost story.   Commentator Philip Gerard revisits his formative years, and uncovers a surprise twist to a harrowing tale from his teens.

RoboBar

Jul 26, 2012
Z_Dead, London, UK

Commentator Philip Gerard gives some serious thought to the state of the service industry.  From airline bottles to steam cleaning, modern hotel rooms provide a full menu of automated amenities.  And yet, it's the human element that's missing.   Sure, there's no one to tip - but nothing is ever on the house and come checkout, there's no such thing as spare change.

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The Bully

Jun 28, 2012
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Commentator Philip Gerard is a firmly established man of letters, which may explain why it took him a bit longer than others to learn how to count. In today's tale, he remembers when the numbers game finally clicked, and thanks the bully that helped him reach his breakthrough. 

Mario Sergio Santos / Flickr Commons

As a budding journalist with his first front-page byline, Commentator Philip Gerard was understandably smug. 

My Father's War

Mar 1, 2012
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In this classic commentary, Philip Gerard challenges us to listen harder. 

The Midway

Feb 9, 2012
monkeymanforever / Flickr Commons

From a young age, Commentator Philip Gerard knew the difference between right and wrong. 

Madhu V. Singh / Flickr Commons

Pushing through a blizzard in the nerve-wracking company of big rigs one winter night, Commentator Philip Gerard feared he would not make it off of I-80 alive.

Farm and Home

Dec 29, 2011
Katie Weilbacher / Flickr Commons

Author and creative writing professor Philip Gerard is more likely to need a pen than a hammer in his day-to-day life.

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