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Friday, June 12, 2020
Caesar Demands It
So it's official. About 300 Republicans will be in Charlotte on Monday, August 24, to count the party's paperclips (but really to avoid a lawsuit over breach of contract with the City of Charlotte), but then everyone will decamp for Jacksonville, Florida, where Trump will pack 15,000 people who are guaranteed to be immune to COVID-19 into the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, where they can grow hoarse from yelling their approval for the Great Coronavirus Denier.
Masks will be socially unacceptable accessories, like wearing white after Labor Day.
It's a fever dream fit for the last days of the Empire.
J.W. Williamson was the founding editor in 1972 of the Appalachian Journal: A Regional Studies Review, which he edited until July of 2000. He has taught college classes in Appalachian history, cultural politics, and literature, and he has lectured widely on the pop-culture history of "Appalachia" in the American consciousness. His books include Interviewing Appalachia, Southern Mountaineers in Silent Films, and Hillbillyland: What the Mountains Did to the Movies and What the Movies Did to the Mountains. He has won the Thomas Wolfe Award given by the Western North Carolina Historical Society, the Laurel Leaves Award given by the Appalachian Consortium, a special Weatherford Award given by Berea College, and the Cratis Williams-James Brown Award given by the Appalachian Studies Association.
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