In the Black: A Memoir of Coal Mining

I discovered Gary Bentley's serialized memoir, In the Black, through the podcast of Inside Appalachia. It's a deeply moving, often shocking memoir of his work in a deep coal mine in Kentucky. There are few real-life accounts that offer this type of insight into the daily lives of miners. We can only hope that Bentley …

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Buck Wild! Another “discovery” of Appalachia

UK Professor Alexandra Bradner offers her analysis of MTV's BuckWild: America’s favorite joke is anything but funny: MTV's "Buckwild" joins a long tradition of skewering "hillbillies" BY ALEXANDRA BRADNER On the night before the premiere of their new MTV reality show “Buckwild ” — which aired last Thursday — Shain Grandee and Kristina Shae Bradley appeared …

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Residential Field School in WV

I've been teaching a course on Appalachian Folklore this semester.  For the first time ever, i've partnered with the GMU Center for Field Studies to provide a one-week residential field school in Morgan County, WV from May 20-27.  Eight students will be joining me for a week in the Mountain State. We'll be doing an …

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