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louis mayeux
A journalist, poet and all-around handyman in the literary trades, I've been publishing the Bookman for a decade.
Interests: sports, theater, poetry, fiction, journalism, piano, music, writing, movies. My favorite poets include Robert Lowell, John Keats, William Matthews, Turner Cassity. Favorite writers are F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, William Shakespeare, William Styron.
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Although I'm a lifelong LSU football fan, I hate to see the demise of Hugh Freeze and the Ole Miss Rebels. Freeze raised the intensity of SEC football, heightening the league's national prominence. Although most LSU fans are gloating over Freeze's sudden demise, he revitalized the LSU-Ole Miss rivalry, pushing the Tigers to compete on a higher level. The sanctimonious Hugh was a villain from central casting, hyperactive on the sidelines, crying to the officials, displaying his emotions like a bad silent movie actor. Freeze with his wild gestures and goofy expressions was one of the game's outlandish characters. Freeze... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Southern Bookman
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The exhilarating return of "The Game of Thrones" also brought back the pleasure of New Yorker writer Sarah Larson's recaps. Larson's witty takes on the HBO sensation speak for fans like me who had never read George R.R. Martin's books before finding ourselves captivated by the show's storytelling, gorgeous scenery, fascinating characters, sexy themes and special effects. While finding comic value in her incomplete knowledge of Martin's mythology, Larson delivers astute insights into the show's appeal. For those fans seeking deeper understanding of the Westeros themes, Jason Concepcion's "Ask the Maester" column is back on HBO's "Ringer" web site. I... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Southern Bookman
The Open Championship, golf's oldest and most prestigious major tournament, unfolds for the 146th time this week at Royal Birkdale on England's northwest coast. That's the title the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews prefers for its signature event. In America, the tournament has long been known as the British Open. The R&A has launched a campaign for the U.S. media to drop the British tag and call the tournament "The Open," according to The Wall Street Journal. That might be a tough sell: Many U.S. golf fans and media refer to the U.S. Open as "the open."... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Southern Bookman
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"To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee in her final years enjoyed a blossoming friendship with Auburn University history professor emeritus Wayne Flynt and his wife, Dorothy. Shunning email, Lee and the Flynts exchanged hand-written letters until Lee's infirmities worsened, leading to her death in 2016. Their correspondence, along with Flynt's commentary, has been collected in "Mockingbird Songs: My Friendship With Harper Lee." The slight, pleasurable book reveals details of Lee's reclusive life in her hometown of Monroeville, Ala,, the model for the Maycomb of "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Go Set a Watchman." Until suffering a stroke, Lee also... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Southern Bookman
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The Public Theater's"Hamlet" starring Oscar Isaac (left) pulled off the rare feat of receiving high praise from The New York Times' Ben Brantley and The Wall Street Journal's Terry Teachout. Teachout, who usually shows less tolerance for experimental work than Brantley, surprised me with his approval of lauded New York director Sam Gold's modern dress production of Shakespeare's most famous and most challenging play. Known for giving attention to theater outside of New York City and skewering audience favorites like Bette Midler's "Hello Dolly," Teachout was among those blasting Gold's gimmicks with the recently closed Broadway revival of "The Glass... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at Southern Bookman
Midsummer brings a stirring in the Atlanta mayor's race, which will add excitement to the fall. Candidates are raising money, seeking volunteers, opening headquarters, sending out mailers and shaking hands in preparation for the November election. After eight tumultuous years - losing the Braves, economic recovery, population growth - Mayor Kasim Reed will move on to his political future. The new mayor, if he or she serves the customary two terms, will leave office in 2026. That number seems futuristic, heralding a new world like those envisioned by science fiction writers and visionaries. The year 2026 has the momentous sound... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Southern Bookman
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Louis Mayeux 386 Herrington Drive NE Atlanta, Ga. 30342 404-257-0452 lmayeux@comcast.net PROFILE An accomplished writer and editor, I am known for accurate reporting and meeting deadlines. My expertise ranges from business to education, sports and culture. I possess a variety of skills, from news writing to video. I write nationally... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at Louis T. Mayeux
Honey bee deaths increased by 40 per cent last year, one of the most disturbing environmental alarms. The bee hives' decline spiked last summer, which especially concerned scientists, according to reports. Bees have always suffered some deaths in winter, but summer should be their peak season. The latest report reflects... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Earth News
The New York Times, disappointingly but, alas, predictably, threw its support to the Obama administration's approval of Shell Oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean. The Times gave unconvincing claims that Shell had accepted various safeguards that will protect the remote, stormy site from oil spills. The newspaper seemed to accept... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Earth News
The Obama administration proclaims its strong actions against climate change. Those claims were proven hollow by the administration's shameful approval of oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean. The Shell Gulf of Mexico oil company wants to begin drilling in the Arctic Ocean off the coast of Alaska this summer. The... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Earth News
Let's give ourselves a hand. The world in March set a record for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. For the first time, the global monthly average for CO2 reached 400.83 parts per million. Earth hasn't seen such high levels in about 2 million years, according to the Associated Press. The... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Earth News
Covering the Georgia Legislature this year, I never heard the terms "global warming" or "climate change." The overwhelmingly Republican legislators live in a bubble where such threats don't exist. While a few claimed support for mass transit, the transportation bill the Legislature passed reflects an overwhelming commitment to roads and... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Earth News
An old friend seen at a garden party told me about thorium, a nuclear fuel cleaner than uranium. The Chinese are making a big investment in thorium for their nuclear power industry, he said. I did a bit of research on thorium, and discovered my friend's report quite accurate. He... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Earth News
A few months ago, I thought I'd try a Nook subscription to Harper's, the nation's oldest literary and political magazine and a perpetual member of the endangered print publication club. Through the years, I'd kept up with the venerable monthly, finding it fairly interesting but not compelling enough to read regularly. Somehow, the Nook e-reader made the magazine,more plausible. After several issues, I've been pleased and look forward to each issue downloading into my e-library. I've found two or three interesting pieces in each issue, and Harper's deserves praise for continuing to publish short stories, unlike the Atlantic and Esquire,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at Southern Bookman
What if William Shakespeare were cloned and brought back to our world? Surely, the great man would be amazed at our airplanes, automobiles, computers, hospitals and televisions. He would be astonished at the cities and interstates that have risen in what he thought of as the new world. Perhaps most surprising of all would be the continued popularity of his poems and plays. Shakespeare's 450th birthday was celebrated Tuesday. With all of our technological advances, his characters and language remain central to our culture. I have little patience with those who believe the man from Stratford on Avon who lacked... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at Southern Bookman
Nothing excites America's intellectual elite like a French thinker with a grand theory. Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the Twenty First Century" is the most lauded book of the spring in New York, Washington, Boston and West Coast cultural centers. Piketty 's U.S. tour in support of the book, published by Harvard University Press, brought raptures from leftist economists Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman. The New York Times has published at least eight articles on Piketty's economics tome, and New York magazine had an amusing profile of Piketty and his whirlwind tour of New York TV and radio talk shows. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at Southern Bookman
Conservative writer Rod Dreher is cutting his way into the self-pity-therapeutic literature market staked out on the left by Anne Lamott. Dreher, who wore his heart on both sleeves, pants legs and shirt collars in his memoir of his late sister, Ruthie Leming, recently discussed his further bouts of depression and how he's cured himself by reading Dante. His account of his continual self-actualization appeared on the front page of the Wall Street Journal's Review section on Easter Saturday. Dante's great poetic work is really a self-help book, Dreher says. Why, one of Dreher's correspondents even quit smoking by reading... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2014 at Southern Bookman
An amusing spat has broken out between Hollywood sensitive guy James Franco and New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley over Brantley's pan of the "Of Mice and Men" revival on Broadway. Franco stars in the production, playing the wise and compassionate ranch hand George, while Chris Dowd is the tragic, simple-minded Lennie. Franco in a Twitter feed called Brantley "a little bitch" for his subtle takedown of Franco's performance, in which Brantley noted his "Yosemite Sam" accent. Brantley also said that the most emotionally moving part of the play was the first act death of a dog. In response,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at Southern Bookman
Compared with Christmas, Easter has inspired relatively few literary works. George Herbert's "Easter Wings," a gorgeous poem visually and verbally, is the most notable work connected to the spring holiday marking Christ's death and resurrection. Yeats' "Easter 1916" eulogizes Irish martyrs and is not directly about the holiday. T.S. Eliot's work is suffused with Easter imagery and allusions. Dante's "Divine Comedy," one of greatest works of the imagination ever produced, takes place over the Easter weekend. Easter's smaller literary presence reflects its cultural place compared with Christmas. Christmas brings a weeks-long immersion in secular and religous music, customs and celebrations.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2014 at Southern Bookman
"Long-form" magazine writing, that endangered species, gives me some of my best reading experiences. I've succumbed to reading magazines on my Nook, but still feel excitement buying magazines at the newsstand or receiving a new issue in the mailbox. Recently, I spent a happy day in the Adirondack chair on the front porch reading the New Yorker, the April breeze periodically pulling me away to enjoy its pleasure. In the April 7 issue, old favorite John McPhee after giving thoughts on interviewing and the ethics of quotes, closes his article with a wonderful anecdotes about his encounters with Richard Burton... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Southern Bookman
The New York Times, as usual, won two Pulitzer Prizes. Yet the Nero of the Pulitzer Prize Olympics took home this year's prizes in the unusual categories of breaking news and feature photography. The newspaper was shut out in the reporting and writing categories in which it usually cleans up. In fact, the Times had just one finalist in these areas. Meanwhile, the Ed Snowden and NSA saga received official recognition with the awarding of public service Pulitzers to the Washington Post and Guardian U.S. The journalists who received Snowden's files showing widespread snooping on phone records were not recognized... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Southern Bookman
Bubba Watson, golf's living incarnation of Bernard Malamud's "The Natural," won his second Masters Sunday with an impressive show of power golf. If Watson were more precise with his irons, he might have the tournament's poobahs talking about Bubba-proofing the place. When he uncorked that 360-yard drive on 13, I thought of Bobby Jones' comment about the young Jack Nicklaus : "He plays a game with which I am not familiar." Watson, who admits he lost commitment to his game after winning his first Masters two years ago, taught himself to play and has never worked with one of those... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Southern Bookman
I pulled down my beloved Norton Anthology of English Literature to reread Gerard Manley Hopkins poems. I've been thinking about Hopkins since reading in the last London Review of Books the excellent Helen Vendler's review of a new collection of Hopkins' letters, the first volume in the Oxford University Press's publishing of the poet's collected works. Hopkins, who spent his adult life as a Jesuit priest, is one of our most sensuous poets. In contrast to the asceticism of his religious life, Hopkins describes nature with soaring passion. His love of natural beauty is connected to his devotion to God.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Southern Bookman
Mary Cheever, the widow of essential American writer John Cheever and mother of writers Susan and Benjamin Cheever, has died at age 95, according to a New York Times obituary. Mary, whose troubled marriage to John gave him a rich vein of material, still lived in the couple's famed suburban home in Ossining, N.Y. , having outlived her famously alcoholic husband by 30 years. Readers of John Cheever's journals, short stories and Blake Bailey's exhaustive biography of Cheever are familiar with Mary Cheever and her influence on John's work. Also a writer and English teacher, Mary likely made a significant... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Southern Bookman
I still can't believe John Updike's gone. Each week when the New Yorker arrives, I half expect to discover a new Updike story, poem or critical essay, as happily occurred for years. But Updike's been dead for five years now, and already the first significant biography of the writer has appeared. Adam Begley, the former New York Observer book editor and son of novelist Louis Begley, who knew Updike at Harvard, is the author. New York Times critic Dwight Garner gives Begley's book a lukewarm review in today's newspaper. In finding Begley's examination of Updike's life and work too facile,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Southern Bookman