Author: bill dawers

Some thoughts on Just Kids by Patti Smith

About a year ago, when I first heard that Patti Smith had written Just Kids, a book about her long friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe, I immediately flashed back to 1995. I was working at a Borders in Philadelphia when Patricia…

Krugman on the “recovery”

In my year-end column here, I mention in passing that the unemployment rate seems likely to remain elevated for years. In his most recent column in the NYT, Paul Krugman explains why that’s a certainty, even assuming a fairly rapid…

Spoleto 2011 season announced, tickets on sale

Spoleto USA’s 2011 lineup was announced on the web earlier today. As usual, the famed Charleston festival presents a variety of art forms over its 18 day run. Spoleto obviously brings some incredible richness to the southeast coast each year,…

How to promote a small business

I got a lot of positive feedback from this column about how small businesses miss good PR chances. Willow Ridge Media discussed it and expanded on some of my ideas in this post. I’ll be returning to this subject in…

What will the Savannah economy look like in 2011?

In my City Talk column for Jan. 2 in the Savannah Morning News, I envision two scenarios for 2011. One scenario is for “slow but steady growth,” with the local economy buoyed by public infrastructure projects, ongoing strength of major…

A new blog

I’ve decided to start a blog to give me a place to explore various events and issues that I cannot cover as a freelance columnist.