Calculated Risk on budget surpluses in California and other states

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I wish I had a way of measuring rhetoric from southerners about the California economy over the last six years. Here in Georgia, for a number of years before we felt the worst of things, state and local officials maintained…

Kanye West video projections in Savannah on Saturday night

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UPDATE, about 8:30 p.m., 5/25: Savannah disappeared from the locations on Kanye West’s website sometime this afternoon (the page still exists, but with no red dots), so I have no idea if the video projections are still happening tonight. My…

Brad Gooch goes from Flannery O’Connor to Rumi, from Georgia to Tajikistan

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Brad Gooch‘s outstanding biography Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor shined an appropriate spotlight on arguably the most influential Savannah-born writer of the 20th century — and one of the most important writers in the South. Many of us affiliated…

Pew: Teens “have waning enthusiasm for Facebook, disliking the increasing adult presence, people sharing excessively, and stressful ‘drama'”

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There’s a really interesting report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project: Teens, Social Media, and Privacy. It’s fascinating stuff. Teens are continuing to use Facebook in extremely large numbers. About 81 percent of all teens use at least…

A thank you to readers of Connect Savannah

A sincere thank you to the readers of Connect Savannah for voting me best local columnist and best local blogger in the alt weekly’s annual Best of Savannah poll. I’ve been fortunate to win best local columnist for a number…

Will Ben Affleck make his next movie in Savannah?

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Ben Affleck was apparently wandering around downtown Savannah on Monday (yesterday) scouting locations for an upcoming film.

A word of caution: the film business is pretty fickle. Sometimes, projects evaporate overnight and production plans shift in a heartbeat. I have no idea if Affleck is considering other cities or how much of the film might be shot in Savannah if things move ahead.

I don’t have any inside knowledge about much of anything, but it’s worth noting that there has been considerable press recently about Affleck’s newest project Live by Night, which he is apparently producing, directing, writing, and starring in.



Barbara Garcia, elderly tornado survivor, finds dog while being interviewed (video)

This is pretty powerful stuff. Barbara Garcia’s restrained emotions are really something here. It’s also worth noting that the cameraman keeps filming rather than helping Garcia get Bowzy out from under the debris. Both Garcia and Bowzy appear to be physically OK.

Yahoo buys Tumblr for over $1 billion — a bad deal or a good one?

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A few years ago, a young photographer casually asked me, “Do you have a Tumblr?” I wasn’t even sure what he was talking about. But since I started blogging just over two years ago and since I’m a teacher of…

Ray Manzarek, founding member of The Doors (1939-2013)

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Ray Manzarek, the legendary keyboardist for The Doors, died today of bile duct cancer, according to a statement on the artist’s Facebook page. From the obituary in the Washington Post: Musically, Manzarek’s spidery organ on “Light My Fire” is one…

Time for Savannah and Chatham County to move forward with Unified Zoning Ordinance

Want to open a “trampoline center”? Think your property should be zoned “agricultural tourist”? Then we have the obsolete zoning just for you. We’re constantly fighting about zoning here in Savannah, most recently in a controversy involving new townhouse apartments…

Economic development in Savannah — are we lagging?

Business professor Russ Wigh has been writing columns every other week for the Exchange in the Savannah Morning News for over two years. His final column came out last week: Same song, second verse for Savannah’s economic development I’ve enjoyed…

My first dinner at Oliva Restaurant & Bar (just one photo)

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Check out my Sunday City Talk column for more on Oliva Restaurant & Bar, now open at 10 Whitaker Street. In the column, I talk a bit about my first dinner there — grilled octopus. Here it is, via Instagram: