April 30, 2019

      For 20 years, I kept three voicemails on my

telephone answering machine and refused to erase


      One was from Terry Sanford, the former governor, Duke University president and a person who almost singlehandedly let the rest of the world know we weren't all Junior Sample from Hee Haw down here in North Carolina.

      Sanford had appreciated something I'd written and called to invite me to lunch. I, unfortunately,...

April 17, 2019

           Mark Twain described a classic book as one that everyone loves but no one has read.

      That is so often true that I long ago stopped asking  “What was it about?” when someone starts raving about how much they loved Fahrenheit 451 or To Kill a Mockingbird or the other great books Mrs. Martin assigned in her 10th grade English class at Richmond Senior High School.

       The excep...

April 15, 2019

      Alright, Mr. DeMille, I am ready for my closeup.

      That's one of moviedom's most iconic lines, uttered

by a delusional Nora Desmond in Sunset Boulevard.

 The City of Durham, too, was ready for its closeup on the silver screen when the movie The Best of Enemies opened recently at theaters across the country.

      Unfortunately for Durham and North Carolina, the most Durham-ish movie of all time was not...

April 2, 2019

      While lunching quietly and undisturbed with Bill

Riddick recently, I told him "You know, this may be the

last time you'll be able to eat out in public without

people hounding you for an autograph."

      He poo-pooed the idea, but Riddick has been running around with bona fide movie stars Taraji P. Henson - that's "Cookie" to you Empire fans - and Sam Rockwell, and Riddick's character was central to the action of t...

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