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  1. kactus
    kactus August 27, 2007 at 1:12 pm |

    Fairlight Spencer. Her story was so compelling to me, as a young girl, it led to a years-long romanticized obsession with all things Appalachian.

    Welcome, Rosanne :)

  2. Kat
    Kat August 27, 2007 at 1:19 pm |

    Well, you have me hooked. I am definitely coming back tomorrow. Looking forward to your post. Welcome :)

  3. Rachel
    Rachel August 27, 2007 at 1:21 pm |

    Ditto what Kat said!

  4. MegRhi
    MegRhi August 27, 2007 at 1:49 pm |

    Can’t wait to hear what you have to say. Always on the look out for news or blogs having anything to do with Appalachian women, being from eastern Kentucky myself!

  5. Sarah in Chicago
    Sarah in Chicago August 27, 2007 at 3:18 pm |

    Well, I’ll say welcome, but this just jumped out at me:

    If you are looking for political correctness, you will be sadly disappointed in me.

    Because, you know, I’m getting really sick of people saying this and think they are being edgy, raw, or wev. Being politically correct involves merely the act of respecting the indentities and cultures around us, and particularly those that aren’t hegemonic.

    Whenever someone says “I’m not politically correct” it’s just a warning they are going to be an offensive arsehole under some false aura of being ‘real’ or ‘authentic’. They are pretending they are somehow a maverick, that they are challenging the status quo, the hegemony, when really all they are doing is shoring it up.

    While I am sure this wasn’t your intent, I honestly think the world could do with more people saying “Hey, yeah, I’m going to actually BE politically correct, because THAT’S the true way to be non-hegemonic and not follow the herd”.

    So, welcome, I’ll be interested to read your material.

  6. snappy mackerel
    snappy mackerel August 27, 2007 at 3:45 pm |

    What Sarah in Chicago said.

    P.S. I was named for a character in a Catherine Marshall book and the fact that I’m seeing her mentioned on this blog has just blown my mind.

  7. bbmomma
    bbmomma August 27, 2007 at 4:12 pm |

    You rock!! I also loved the characters in Christy and in Cold Mountain. Have you ever read the magazine Oxford American? It is published in Arkansas and john Grisham is one of the principle backers. If not, I will send you onf of my copies. Written by southerners and about the south.

  8. Em
    Em August 27, 2007 at 5:20 pm |

    Seldom heard voices. I’ll be reading with interest.

  9. DaisyDeadhead
    DaisyDeadhead August 27, 2007 at 5:39 pm |

    Welcome Rosie!!! It will be great reading you here!

    I love Flannery O’Connor. I wondered, are you familiar with The Dollmaker by Harriette Simpson Arnow?

  10. Marksman2000
    Marksman2000 August 27, 2007 at 6:42 pm |

    Any fiction published?

  11. ol'jb
    ol'jb August 27, 2007 at 7:03 pm |

    I recommend the fiction of Denise Giardina and the music of Hazel Dickens, both from West Virginia.

    I’m very interested in reading what you have to post, and I hope that your posts here will spark some discussion of Appalachian issues (and also that you might recommend some additional Appalachian bloggers).

  12. Gayle
    Gayle August 27, 2007 at 7:51 pm |

    What a fascinating introduction! I’m looking forward to your posts!

  13. Lizzie (greeneyed fem)
    Lizzie (greeneyed fem) August 27, 2007 at 9:08 pm |

    Welcome from a lurker/West Virginian. I’m looking forward to your posts.

    Have you read Dorothy Allison? She’s just fucking amazing.

  14. johnieB
    johnieB August 27, 2007 at 9:17 pm |

    Hey Rosie! How cool of Jill et al. to invite you. How ’bout Cat Fur Jelly?

  15. lisa
    lisa August 27, 2007 at 10:00 pm |

    so psyched.

  16. Hobo Stripper
    Hobo Stripper August 28, 2007 at 4:16 am |

    I’m hooked. :-)

  17. Ms. Güerita
    Ms. Güerita August 28, 2007 at 8:07 am |

    I’m an Appalachian woman too (born and raised in West Virginia). Have you ever read anything by Denise Giardina? She was raised in one of the same coal camps as my grandmother and I had her as a professor in college. Her “Storming Heaven” and its sequel “The Unquiet Earth,” are two of my favorite books, telling a fictionalized history of the mining wars.

    Anyway, I look forward to reading what you have to contribute.

    (And I agree with Sara in Chicago, btw.)

  18. Lizzie (greeneyed fem)
    Lizzie (greeneyed fem) August 28, 2007 at 8:42 pm |

    I heard Dorothy Allison speak a few years ago – fire and brimstone and humor and truth, just like her writing.

    ooo, Ms. Güerita – I too love Denise Giardina’s WV novels – I was so proud to vote for her when she ran for governor. A woman was quoted in the Charleston Gazette at the time as saying that anyone who could write like that about West Virginia, she’d vote for. That’s how I felt too.

    I was required to take WV history in 8th grade, and I remember being so angry that they just skimmed over the REAL history that West Virginians should be proud of and that still impacts us today – the fight for mine unionization, the working history of WV.

  19. ol'jb
    ol'jb August 29, 2007 at 11:38 am |

    Rosanne,
    Thanks for the recommendations, I’ll definitely check those out.

    Lizzie, Denise Giardina actually registered me to vote when I was in high school (I also voted for her).

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