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Jedediah Purdy

Fragments, Shored

The soils of the North Carolina Piedmont, where I live, are some of the oldest in the world. They were tuckered well before tobacco...

7 Most Truthy NYT Columnists

Avidly's North Carolina correspondent, Jedediah Purdy, discovered the magic of Facebook headline editing. Truthiness ensued.         Jedediah Purdy: A way with rebar.  

17 Endangered Species That Are Also Bands

1: Alabama Heelsplitter This richly colored Gulf mussel, with a shell like polished leather in a college library, plays bluegrass with a strain of Lynyrd...

Don’t Be So Earnest

Seamus Heaney taught me in my freshman year of college that the verb "perfect" means nothing more than to “make through.”  Perfection?  To follow...

Seven Ways of Looking at a Charge Sheet: or, My First Arrest

Monday night, June 10, I was arrested in a mass act of civil disobedience, the sixth in a growing wave of peaceful protests against...

Writing and Failure

Seven months and two weeks after my first book was published, I hacked a hardback copy into hundreds of pieces with a hunting knife. ...

A Terrible Beauty

I spent a lot of the Sunday afternoon before Valentine’s Day at the Smithsonian exhibit (headed for the Met) on  “The Civil War and American Art.” ...

Murmuring Stones

For my birthday this year I balanced stones.  About a dozen friends walked with me from a local park through an oak-and-beech forest to a...

Maps and Legends

  Everything and everyone is mapped, many times over.  Satellite views are overlaid with roads, jurisdictions, household income, consumption habits.  I love maps, and as...

On Landscape

Maybe eight months ago, I began dreaming landscapes.  I live in the middle of North Carolina, a frequently sticky region some three hours southeast...

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