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Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

On The Other Hand

So many people have so many good things to say about Chapel Hill, we thought we’d ask some folks what they don’t like about it. A sample of public opinion:

“The casual village atmosphere has become a casual rip-off atmosphere.”

“I don’t like the cars on Franklin Street. Close it off and plant flower gardens on the asphalt.”

May 1974
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

All The Smiling Faces

It’s not just that this is a small town where everybody knows you. Even on my first day in Chapel Hill I was greeted by many smiling faces and hellos as I walked down Franklin Street. Believe me, after Buffalo, NY, and Washington, D.C., it was an overwhelming feeling that made me say, “Yes, I think I’ll stay here,” as I know many other travelers have done.

By Judith May 1974

Welcome To The Fish Tank

Three A.M. on East Franklin Street and there were just these three things moving. A battered green one-ton pickup truck with a hanging muffler and two kids from New Jersey; an old guy who told them how to get to Manns Chapel Road; and the cop car that made a quick u-turn and followed them out of town.

By Joe Kenlan May 1974

Overheard . . .

“. . . as my taste became more refined, I abandoned de Musset for Verlaine, and, as a rule, I’d say that one who was brought up on Hugo would dedicate himself entirely . . .”

May 1974


If you cannot bite you cannot kiss. If you cannot curse you cannot bless. Who cannot be a good hater will be a poor lover.

Theodor Reik

March 1974
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

You Can’t Lose Him

Can’t you understand? Can’t you see people cannot live together, freely and with love, till they have learned to live alone, to be alone . . . Neither he nor you are at that point.

March 1974
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

What Shall God Fear?

I have wanted you, wanted you, out of what? love? need? true love is not possessive, jealousy is a learned response, but oh god, how to let go? how to love you, not own you, how to let you be?

By Sy Safransky March 1974
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

[Warm fantasies are easy to weave]

Warm fantasies are easy to weave on this pleasant, sunny day. I look into people’s faces as if well acquainted with their pain and joy.

By Rob Diamant March 1974