Posted by Michael Putzel • July 31, 2015
Hauling down the Confederate battle flag from its staff on the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol in July marked a tectonic shift in white rulers’ manipulation of the tragic racial history of the American South. It may have been just the beginning.
Triggered by a single act of hate and madness, the cold-blooded murder by a white supremacist of nine African-American parishioners at bible study, the focus on the flag as a symbol of racist strife changed South Carolina politics in a moment. Flying defiantly at the top of its solitary staff as the American and South Carolina flags were lowered to half-staff in mourning, the battle flag of an army defeated 150 years ago drew the angry eyes of millions watching television or tapping into the Internet.
Republican Governor Nikki […] READ MORE
Posted by Michael Putzel • June 30, 2015
Writing a book is not like journalism. For one thing, it takes longer. Sometimes a lot longer.
In a four-decade career in news, I wrote on tight deadlines, often under pressure, and with no excuses for a story that didn’t get done on time. Then I decided to write a book, a work of nonfiction that involved reporting techniques I had practiced for years. It turned out to be a complex process that required a number of course changes along the way. I discovered there are several stages for some authors, including me.
The first is, “Oh, he’s writing a book.” Emphasis on book. Cheerful and full of expectation.
Then, after a while, it becomes, “He’s working on a book.”
When polite people stop asking how the book’s going, you’ve moved into, “He says he’s working […] READ MORE