Author: bill dawers

Grace Leigh (Jack Leigh’s daughter) and her partner launch Kickstarter for book of photographs from across the nation

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It’s really hard to believe that Jack Leigh died almost 10 years ago. The Savannah photographer created many iconic images that shared, in the most visceral of ways, his passion for place and for people. His daughter Grace Leigh is…

Anti-intellectualism vs. the potential roles of “public intellectuals”

Nicholas Kristof’s NYT column Professors, We Need You! begins: SOME of the smartest thinkers on problems at home and around the world are university professors, but most of them just don’t matter in today’s great debates. Part of the reason…

“I felt the earth move . . . ” — yes, that was an earthquake you felt

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If you think you felt an earthquake tonight in Georgia or South Carolina around 10:23 p.m., you probably did. Check out the U.S. Geological Survey’s list of “significant earthquakes.” An estimated 4.1 magnitude quake was centered 12 km west northwest…

Boston Globe: Savannahians are “oozing Southern charm”

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I don’t know how I feel about “oozing Southern charm” — or how I feel about “oozing” anything — but I’m still pretty impressed with this travel article in the Boston Globe: Three days in Savannah, Ga. The piece by…

Video of the warehouse wall collapsing in today’s fire at the Georgia Ports

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There have been some impressive photos and video clips today of the massive rubber fire in a warehouse at the Georgia Ports Authority, but this is the only video I’ve seen so far of any of the warehouse walls collapsing.…

A few photos of today’s warehouse fire in Savannah

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Details aren’t complete, but I have so far seen no reports of injuries in today’s massive warehouse fire at the Georgia Ports Authority. Over 5,000 tons of rubber are stored in the building that is on fire — and the…

Reasons why yesterday’s employment report was not as bad as it seemed

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Yesterday’s employment report for January from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggested a steadily healing labor market, but you wouldn’t know that from some of the hand-wringing of media commentators who have the job of trying to make something dramatic…

Junk 2 Funk at Savannah Arts Academy: another thrilling year – photos

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Savannah Arts Academy’s 6th annual Junk 2 Funk Fashion Show was presented last weekend to three sellout crowds in the school’s lovely old theater. I’ve been attending and photographing the show for a few years now, and I can’t even…

The Weather Channel used some of my photographs without permission. How much should I care?

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On Tuesday, Jan. 28, I began one of my journalism classes at Armstrong Atlantic State University with a brief consideration of a newly released “crowd-sourced” video of Neil Young’s recent Carnegie Hall concert. It’s a special topics class about new…

Flannery O’Connor-inspired art in Southern Discomfort 2, silent auction and reception on 1/31

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I haven’t read everything that Flannery O’Connor ever wrote — I haven’t yet tackled the recently released A Prayer Journal, for example. But I’ve been immersed to varying degrees in O’Connor’s life and work for I guess about a decade…

“Midnight” at 20; John Berendt’s book continues to resonate

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Before I launch into a few thoughts of my own, I want to plug SavannahNow’s really interesting multimedia package about the 20th anniversary of the publication of John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Kim Wade’s feature…

Savannah’s new bike share program CAT Bike starts Friday; NYT takes note

Savannah’s new bike share program CAT Bike, an initiative of Chatham Area Transit, has gotten a little press from the New York Times’ In Transit blog: Savannah Starts a Bike Program. Ironically, the program begins on Friday — among the…

New York Daily News focuses on Savannah’s squares

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A really nice piece in the New York Daily News over the weekend: Hip to be Square: Its many little parks make historic Savannah the place to be From the reflection by Joe Dziemianowicz, who was recently in town with…

Civil engineers give Georgia lousy scores for infrastructure — roads, transit, bridges, water, etc.

A really interesting piece by Mary Carr Mayle in Sunday’s Savannah Morning News: Report: Georgia’s infrastructure still lacking The piece talks about the recent “report card” released by the Georgia branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers. From the…