Robert Dean Lurie

Robert Dean Lurie is the author of No Certainty Attached: Steve Kilbey and The Church.

Latest by Robert Dean Lurie in Chronicles

  • Britons at War
    August 2018

    Britons at War

    Is there a distinctly British brand of heroism? That is the implicit question running through Christopher Sandford’s Zeebrugge, a gripping new history of the British naval raid in April 1918 on the German-held Belgian port of that name.

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  • The Mind of the South
    June 2013

    The Mind of the South

    Sadly, William Gilmore Simms’ desire for an enduring voice turned out to be a case of wishful thinking. By the beginning of the 20th century, the man who had been not only the “Old South’s foremost public intellectual,” as David S. Shields puts it, but one of the most successful American authors of the antebellum era, had been all but forgotten.

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  • December 2009

    Twice-Baked and Twice as Bad

    Every couple months or so, my wife and I host an event we call Twice-Baked Tales. We’ll have friends over for a home-cooked meal followed by a screening of a movie (usually from the 1930’s, 40’s, or 50’s) and its remake.

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  • Soundtrack to the New Old South
    June 2008

    Soundtrack to the New Old South

    Sometime in the early 1990’s, while attending an event called a “song swap” in Athens, Georgia, I met an extraordinarily gifted songwriter named Patterson Hood. The swap itself was essentially a weekly gathering of aspiring tunesmiths sharing their latest creations; we would sit in a circle and each play our songs, the other musicians joining in if they had the chops or the inclination.

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  • August 2007

    The Theater of the Mind, R.I.P.

    Step back from the home-theater system for a moment and try to wrap your brain around this one: Just a couple of generations ago, high-tech “home entertainment” consisted solely of words and sounds delivered to the household via a static-plagued monophonic speaker.

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