“Brooding twilight,” “great pie,” and “a southern version of Twin Peaks”: Savannah through the eyes of Patton Oswalt, Anne Rice, and other Savannah Book Festival authors

I wasn’t able to attend any of the Savannah Book Festival this year, but I’ve been following some of the action on Twitter and Facebook. (By the way, the SBF could be a lot more active on social media when…

Is Ben Affleck finally moving ahead with adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s “Live by Night”?

Mr. Affleck, please don’t make a fool of me again. It seemed obvious a couple years ago (check out my posts from May 2013 and July 2013) that Ben Affleck was poised to direct and act in an adaptation of…

Junk 2 Funk 2015 — “Insectum” — at the Savannah Arts Academy continues a stellar tradition

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The Savannah Arts Academy‘s 2015 Junk 2 Funk Fashion Show was, predictably, a rousing success. Presented by the arts magnet high school’s visual arts department, the event taps the expertise of students and faculty schoolwide and features tremendous production values.…

A few preview shots of the American Legion Post 135 before the reopening

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I’ve been out of town a lot over the last nine months, so the prolonged closure of the American Legion Post 135 hasn’t hit me quite as hard as it could have. But, wow, it has sure been hard. As…

A few photos of The Grey

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My City Talk column today is about The Grey. I love it. I took a few photos with my new Fujifilm x100t when a friend and I ate there last Tuesday night.

What state am I living in? In new poll, Georgians show strong support for medical marijuana, more transit funding, local flexibility on minimum wage

With the 2015 state legislative session (for which I do not have high hopes) upon us, the AJC has released a fascinating interactive poll on a variety of issues. Let me say at the outset that one could make a…

December employment numbers show solid growth; 2014 was the best year for jobs since 1999

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From the Bureau of Labor Statistics today: Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 252,000 in December, and the unemployment rate declined to 5.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in professional and business services,…

The Atlantic asks “What’s Wrong With Georgia?”

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Remember back 7 or 8 years ago, when lots of folks here in Georgia — mostly but not all well to the right of the political center — could barely contain their glee at the fiscal and economic woes in…

“The Interview” opens Christmas day in Savannah and Pooler

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Honestly, I haven’t really followed the whole mess with The Interview very closely, but Sony’s film will be released on Christmas day in both Savannah and Pooler. Here’s the full list of Georgia theaters that will screen the film via…

NYT covers lawsuit challenging Savannah tour guide requirements; city council revises ordinance but leaves controversial exam in place

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I’ve written several times here and in my City Talk columns — see here and here — about the federal lawsuits filed against cities with tour guide licensing requirements that include written tests, physical exams, and other bureaucratic hurdles. Coincidentally,…

The Economist takes note of the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home in Savannah

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From a recent article about historic house museums in The Economist, Keeping up appearances; When federal money runs out, ingenuity is called for: “It’s tremendous work to keep these places looking nice,” says Toby Aldridge, the resident guide at the…

U.S. economy added 321,000 jobs in November; 2014 is one of best years for job growth since 1990s

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 321,000 in November, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.8 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains were widespread, led by growth in…