February 8, 2018

I first compiled this list in July of 2017 in order to address the frequent number of requests I receive for a list of books that might help readers better understand Appalachia. This is meant to be a short list of essential reading for those who want to understand the...

February 6, 2018

In an increasingly anti-intellectual political climate, it is more important than ever for us to read books. 

While there are millions of pages of words available online, it is becoming more difficult every day to cut through the clutter, the clickbait, and the falsehoo...

January 24, 2018

Drug addiction is an issue that continues to draw clear geographic, political, and class distinctions in the US. 

Since the opioid epidemic began garnering national attention a few years ago, many of America's most prominent media outlets have devoted resources to cover...

October 31, 2017

Jesus wouldn’t recognize the brand of fundamentalist Christianity being practiced today in a whole lot of Appalachian churches.  

Growing up, I didn’t know there was an alternative to the fundamentalist Southern Baptist Church. I spent Sundays and most Wednesday evening...

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