Tag: Charlottesville

  • An American Journey: Gayle Jessup White’s Reclamation

    An American Journey: Gayle Jessup White’s Reclamation

    Gayle Jessup White’s journey is an American journey. An award-winning broadcast journalist and the current Public Relations and Community Engagement Officer at Monticello, White’s life has been marked by the gradual discovery of her roots in the much larger story of the country. It’s a journey she chronicles in her new book Reclamation: Sally Hemings, […]

  • #3 – My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson – 2021 Best Reads

    #3 – My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson – 2021 Best Reads

    Moving back to my old hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia in the summer of 2021, I was aware that a lot had changed since I left 16 years ago. No book chronicled and processed those changes better than the debut collection of stories by Charlottesville writer Jocelyn Nicole Johnson. My Monticello, particularly the included novella with […]

  • Deep Ellum B.C.: Anti-Semitism at the Table

    Deep Ellum B.C.: Anti-Semitism at the Table

    The great Streetlight magazine has a new essay of mine up on their blog today. “Deep Ellum B.C.” hits all your favorite topics: Book stores, writing groups, and anti-Semitism. Enjoy. –Alex

  • How to Get Over the Election – 2018 Edition

    We went to the polls. We voted for change or not. We resisted or didn’t. And in the end, we remain divided. One pundit I heard this morning said that the most profound and confounding divide in America is the rural-urban/suburban split. As a site begun after the 2016 elections and devoted to understanding the […]

  • The Lure of Small Towns: The Heartlands Interview with Winn Collier – (1 of 3)

    The Lure of Small Towns: The Heartlands Interview with Winn Collier – (1 of 3)

    Winn Collier’s new book, Love Big. Be Well: Letters to a Small-Town Church, is a generous celebration of the potential of church.  In my review I noted that it is a gentle, human love story between a pastor and his congregation told in the form of letters written to the church over the course of […]

  • The Greatness of the Small: A Review of Love Big. Be Well.

    The Greatness of the Small: A Review of Love Big. Be Well.

    When Amy Quitman writes a letter to the unknown pastor that the Pastoral Search Committee hopes to call to their Presbyterian church in the small town of Granby, she includes an invitation that would set the hearts of potential candidates like me aflutter: We want theology, but we want the kind that will pierce our […]

  • What Goes Without Saying – Some Thoughts on Charlottesville

    What Goes Without Saying – Some Thoughts on Charlottesville

    Let me begin with the ‘ought to’s.  It ought to go without saying that what happened in Charlottesville at a gathering of white supremacists and white nationalists was an ugly display of our divisions in this current moment. It ought to go without saying that an ideology that believes the white race is superior to […]