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The Big Payback is Here and ArtsNash Needs Your Support!

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(Editor’s Note on May 7, 2014: The Big Payback has ended and we thank those contributors that gave $430 to ArtsNash as well as nearly $1.5 million to more than 500 midstate charities. To make a tax-deductible contribution to ArtsNash through our secure GivingMatters.com form click here to visit out Donate page.) It’s here! The […]

Book Review: A Loving Thanks for Life in ‘Shoebox Full of Toads’

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“I had to laugh,” Tim Ghianni writes early in his touching and intimate “Shoebox Full of Toads: Farewell to Mom” tribute. “You take joy on its own terms.” Ghianni’s insightful words come after one of his mother’s frequent battles with the effects of the genetic lung disorder that eventually claimed her life. In a book where […]

Book Review: Two new books spotlight basketball’s rise

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This year’s NCAA men’s basketball Tournament was the most watched in 21 years, while the last two NBA Finals have been among the highest rated in the league’s history. But veteran basketball fans can recall a time when college basketball received minimal regional coverage, and the NBA’s championship series wasn’t even shown in prime time. Two exhaustive new […]

Book Review: The Hurrahs and hand grenades of Charles Krauthammer and James Wolcott

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More than 30 years ago, Charles Krauthammer left the world of medicine for political journalism, evolving into a prolific, Pulitzer Prize-winning pundit and conservative voice (despite once being a speechwriter for Walter Mondale). The extensive anthology “Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics” (Crown Forum) collects his work on a variety of subjects, and shows he’s a thoughtful, […]

Time is running out …

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The deadline to contribute to our end-of-the-year Indiegogo fundraiser was December 31 but has now been extended through New Year’s Day. We need your help, dear reader, to sustain ArtsNash. All funds raised will go to pay writers and staff – one of our board members has generously agreed to pay all of our administrative […]

Book Review: Essays in Ann Patchett’s This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage are personal, universal

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Whether Ann Patchett discourses about the merits of opera or recounts her adventures in a rented RV, her compelling new book, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage (Harper, 320 pps.), hums with the pitch-perfect prose evident in her best-selling novels Bel Canto and the recent State of Wonder. This 2013 compilation of previously […]

Breaking News: Beloved Tennessean Journalist Clara Hieronymus is Dead

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Clara Hieronymus, whose prose on arts graced the pages of The Tennessean for more than 40 years, died Saturday in Savannah, Tenn., according to her daughter-in-law Martha Hieronymus. “She went peacefully at home around 9:05 p.m.,” Martha Hieronymus tells ArtsNash. Per a 1982 agreement her remains have been donated to Vanderbilt University Medical Center; there are […]

Breaking News: ArtsNash Gains Tax-Exempt Status From IRS

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It’s official: ArtsNash is now tax exempt. On Monday, the Nashville-based nonprofit arts journalism company received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service indicating it has been approved for tax exemption under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. What does that mean? Among other things, it means contributions to ArtsNash like those […]

The Aisle Seat: Philip Roth Comes Clean, Autobiographically

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In 1993, when Philip Roth was promoting Operation Shylock, he consented to give interviews in an unprepossessing Simon & Schuster office.  Interviewers were led to him for sessions strictly limited to 45 minutes. I was one of the 45-minuters. Operation Shylock is the one where a character calling himself Philip Roth is making trouble around Israel for […]

“The Butler” in print offers the real story

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Everyone, regardless of whether they are a supporter or detractor of Lee Daniels’ film “The Butler” should read acclaimed Washington Post writer Wil Haygood’s short, yet comprehensive and valuable companion book. “The Butler, A Witness to History” (Atria/Simon & Schuster) expands the remarkable 2009 feature story Haygood did on Eugene Allen, the man who served as […]

Easy Rawlins returns in latest Walter Mosley novel

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Award-winning mystery/crime novelist and essayist Walter Mosley made millions of fans sad over six years ago when it seemed he had killed his greatest creation, LA private eye Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins. Mosley seemed disenchanted at the time with Rawlins, even saying in interviews he didn’t think he had any more stories for the character. He even […]

Writer Nicole Walker to visit Austin Peay

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Several years ago, Austin Peay State University got into the book publishing business with the founding of Zone 3 Press. The literary press started out as a publisher of contemporary poetry, but it has recently moved into releasing groundbreaking new works of creative non-fiction. This month, the press will present its first new […]

Roy Blount Jr. to visit Austin Peay

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CLARKSVILLE – Roy Blount Jr. is a hard man to classify. Is he a sports writer, an essayist or one of America’s leading humorists? The Washington Post called his first book, “About Three Bricks Shy…And the Load Filled Up,” one of the 10 best sports books ever written.  Time magazine puts him “in the tradition of […]

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Nashville’s vibrant arts scene has kept the editors, writers and interns of ArtsNash busy. Since the beginning of this season, we have posted more than 300 stories and reviews. Naturally, we have written about many of Nashville’s major cultural institutions – the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera […]

Back Pages: New book dissects Scientology

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Readers should try hard not to approach Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright’s comprehensive new volume “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief” (Knopf) expecting either a hatchet job or celebrity expose. Some of its detractors, particularly those in the Church, have already labeled it both of those things in a dismissive manner, trying […]

ArtsNash Launches Internship Program Fundraising Campaign

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From ArtsNash Co-Founders John Pitcher and Evans Donnell Dear Readers, At ArtsNash we certainly strive to inform, but we also want to educate. It’s our hope that arts lovers will continue to read about the groups and artists they love from a new generation of writers. And our nonprofit organization needs your help to do that. Giving […]

Back Pages: Author provides a new perspective on Vietnam

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Social media provides its users with experiences of all kinds, positive and negative. Meeting journalist and author Eric Schafer, a prolific writer who has lived in Viet Nam for years (he spells it this way predominantly), resulted from our first becoming friends on Facebook, then later discovering we shared such multiple interests as writing, film, […]

Back Pages: Boston Globe critic examines the rise of celebrity culture

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The American public’s obsession with famous people isn’t something new. But in the 21st century it’s become enormous. This desire to know all the exploits of performers fuels a 24/7 industry driven by media productions and magazines such as Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, People and Us. Even such ostensibly hard news programs as 60 Minutes […]

Back Pages: Travel author dishes up clichés about the South

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Travel writer Chuck Thompson has done articles, reporting, essays and commentaries from more than 50 nations. But it is doubtful he’s ever generated anything like the controversy that has ensued online and in the arts/critical world over his new book Better Off Without ‘Em : A Northern Manifesto for  Southern Independence (Simon & Schuster). Thompson […]

Back Pages: Ron Wynn goes sleuthing for detective novels

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Rizzoli & Isles: Last To Die, Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine) A couple of years ago mystery author Tess Gerritsen became the latest crime writer to inspire a television sensation. TNT debuted the show Rizzoli & Isles, which is loosely based on her series of novels about a Boston detective and her medical examiner pal. But, as is usually the case, […]