Hoffman hopes to add to it with nuanced portraits shaped by being from the state or living there at a crucial point in their lives. Characters range from the the caretakers of the Coon Dog Cemetery to a Pulitzer Prize winning author. Come Landfall: The stories of three women and the men they love come together in this novel, set on the 21st C. How we talk is sometimes as important as what we say. With more than 600 in attendance, six of us from an array of backgrounds — Jewish, Christian, black, white, Asian American — conversed with moderator Soledad O'Brien, the broadcast journalist, about connecting across lines of race, religion, gender and ideology. There are no frills to it. When O'Brien asked me what our state does well and what it doesn't, I spoke of Alabama's famous and often well-deserved reputation for hospitality.
It's a dying place, he reflects, and you can't help but be attracted to the fact it's dying. His style is easy to read. I always prayed he wouldn't call on me. Most of these pieces were originally written for the Press-Register, and my editors in Mobile have often given me ideas of where to look for interesting characters. Photographers and painters, novelists and journalists, civil rights figures, old people remembering way back when, ordinary folks with colorful stories to tell—these are some of my favorite subjects. Indeed, it was something I had already learned, and Roy Hoffman drives the point further home in this wonderful collection of Alabamians and their stories.
He may be reached at the Press-Register, P. He has also received awards for his literary work. I didn't really come away from this book with a better understanding of what it means to be from Alabama, but rather gained an appreciation of the diversity of the people who live there. I'm fortunate to either know or be acquainted with several of his subjects, and he has captured each of them nicely. He takes out a photographer's dark cloth, drapes it over the camera except for the lens, and ducks beneath it. They named their first of three children William Jr.
When he was well, I'd walk beside him. He is the recipient of the 2009 Clarence Cason Award in Nonfiction Writing from The University of Alabama. I want my pictures to be a direct response to that which I see. The young man married Ruby Willard Smith, who'd grown up only a few miles from the Christenberry home. . His style is easy to read. Juxtaposed with these are accounts of lesser-known individuals, such as Sarah Hamm, who attempts to preserve the fading Jewish culture in Eufaula; Edward Carl, who was butler and chauffeur to Bellingrath Gardens founder Walter Bellingrath in Theodore; and cousins William Bolton and Herbert Henson, caretakers of the coon dog cemetery in Russellville.
The item may be a factory second or a new, unused item with defects or irregularities. The lowest-priced item in unused and unworn condition with absolutely no signs of wear. While I have written sketches of world-known celebrities such as Olympian Jesse Owens, heavyweight champion Joe Louis, and the extraordinary Helen Keller, I have chosen here, instead, to include a few portraits of people who might otherwise be relegated to a footnote in the march of time: Abby Fisher of Mobile, believed to be the author of the first African American cookbook; Artelia Bendolph, who became an icon of the Depression-era South as a child from a photograph taken of her in a shack window in Gee's Bend. Answers and speculations aside, these visits are above all meant to be engaging, enjoyable, memorable, so don't stand there on the porch, but open the door—and come on in. After receiving his baccalaureate degree in English in 1975, he moved to New York. If they are of an earlier era, like Walter Bellingrath, I try to capture a sense of them from those who knew them, in this case Edward Carl, at first Bellingrath's driver, but ultimately, it seems, his most trusted friend. As an Alabama native, I'm grateful to this book for introducing me to several natives of the state that I must confess I had never heard of before.
Christenberry touches it with his hand. A collection of portraits of many remarkable Alabamians, famous and obscure, profiled by award-winning journalist and novelist Roy Hoffman. Memory and ghost forms become very important to me. No doubt that the Civil War, the civil rights movement, movies, and famous or infamous politicians, athletes, musicians, and authors have generated a mythology about the state that, nationwide, cuts both ways. Hoffman also profiles major and minor players in the civil rights movement, from Johnnie Carr, raised in segregated Montgomery and later president of the Montgomery Improvement Association; and George Wallace Jr. Ultimately, the reader will create his or her own linkages among the pieces.
I put novelist and journalist Howell Raines into Journeyers, because of the path his career has taken, though he is a teller, too. While I am aware, of course, of the colorful traditions of Alabama in areas like sports and politics, I have bent my talents to venues not as much explored by contemporary nonfiction writers though sports and politics do show as aspects of other pieces. In his fantasy life, he jokes, he would have been a star quarterback on the football team. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2000. He has also written articles and book reviews. That defining experience may be because they love the state or hate it, can never leave or can only thrive far away—no matter.
On the grid of the viewfinder, in an upside-down image, is the window to be photographed, its pale wood, its forgotten view, its pane no resident has peered through for forty years. He has also published a collection of essays. He comes to a buckled porch with cedar tree columns. There's a vast barn and field at Oak Hollow Farm 15 minutes from my house that gets rented out as a party venue. A graduate of Tulane University who worked as a journalist and speechwriter in New York City before moving back south to Fairhope, Ala. Characters range from the the caretakers of the Coon Dog Cemetery to a Pulitzer Prize winning author.