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Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Originally published in: 2016

What it’s about: Think Winter’s Bone meets a politician’s pre-campaign book release and that’s pretty much what you’ve got.

What made me pick it up: Let me start by saying that I’m not from Appalachia, but I grew up in a much more economically stable (read: college town) community nearby. 333 more words


Portraying the Real Appalachia: New Kids' TV Show Explores Arts and Science in Our Backyard

A Blacksburg film maker says that for too long, the media’s represented Appalachia only in negative stereotypes. He wants to change that image with a new children’s television show that explores the region’s assets. 47 more words

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Bad Apple Pie

There’s a worn out ol’ apple tree out there in Granny’s yard, and it’s about as old as Granny herself. That tree has faithfully gifted us with the best golden apples this side of Clinch Mountain. 1,208 more words


Devouring The Intangible: Pt.1: Sin Eating

SIN-EATER, a man who for trifling payment was believed to take upon himself, by means of food and drink, the sins of a deceased person. – …

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Doc, Gospel, and the Gospel

Last night, Rachel & I went to see May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers. I can’t commend this documentary enough, and not just because I’m an… 1,015 more words


Fighting Stereotypes: The "Hillbilly" Narrative

There have been many things to surprise me over the past couple of years, not least of which is the rise in conversation about the ‘hillbilly’. 1,025 more words

Mer Goes To Oxford