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Time Magazine

Gwenyfar rediscovers Orwell's 1984, Animal Farm and Burmese Days in the wake of the Snowden scandal. 

"Don't just read Orwell and shake your head, please, read Orwell and examine the double speak in our own culture."  -Gwenyfar Rohler

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Famous Last Words

Jul 18, 2013

In this age of twitter and texting...will our last words be electronically transmitted?  Commentator Nan Graham hopes SOMEBODY will write them down.  As Poncho Villa said with his last breath, "Don't let it end like this.  Tell them I said SOMETHING!"

Farewell, Soapbox

Jul 3, 2013

Wilmington's music scene suffered a tremendous blow when news broke that the Soapbox would be closing its doors in late July.  The loss won't really be felt until it's gone.  But already the news is causing heartache throughout the creative community.  Sure, there are other venues.  Nice ones, too.  But the Soapbox is the center of it all.  It's almost a symbol of Wilmington itself.  It's a large part of the character of downtown.  John Staton of the Star News rightfully said "It's not quite the

Negative Space

Jul 2, 2013
Nina Bays

All she wanted was a little rest and relaxation… in a small space… in a small, dark, space that just seems to be getting smaller. Community Commentator Nina Bays tries to keep it together in a sensory deprivation tank in today’s commentary, "Negative Space."

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Were Henry David Thoreau living, he might be one of the many citizens raising his voice at the Moral Monday Protests. Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler explores the author's radical roots as Independence Day approaches. 

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Ain't Nobody Got Time for That

Jun 25, 2013
Annie Gray Johnston

If you haven’t seen the viral video that inspired Annie Gray’s commentary, take a moment and treat yourself… you have time for that.

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Accidental Southerner: Edgar Degas

Jun 20, 2013
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Continuing on her theme of accidental southerners, Commentator Nan Graham explains why celebrated French painter Edgar Degas left his heart in Dixie--kinda, sort of. 

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Cameron Art Museum

Commentator Shane Fernando fell in love with the work of Alonzo Wilson long before the costume designer wowed audiences of  HBO’s hit series Tremé—but that doesn’t mean he’s beyond shock and awe. In fact, if you listen to today’s commentary closely, you can almost hear his jaw drop.

Well Suited, the Costumes of Alonzo Wilson, will be on exhibit at the Cameron Art Museum now through November 3rd. 

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When Size Matters

Jun 13, 2013
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Commentator Philip Gerard is renowned for his literary prowess, genial nature, and smashing good looks. Less known, perhaps, is his penchant for sticking to his guns, even when he's arguably (and obviously) off the mark. In this commentary, he shares his trouble with IQ tests and farm animals.

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The recent poaching of a number of wild Venus fly traps from the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden has Commentator Andy Wood thinking about what has actually been stolen. Something precious has been invaded--our wild home--and Andy Wood thinks the incentive to protect that space is high.

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