Category Archives: Imaginary Things

Old Sport

“Bringing the ball up,” said Kobe Bryant, “and having me kind of initiate the offense and score and stuff like that, it’s making me work a little more than I will when Gatsby gets back.” … Gatsby would be [Steve] Nash, sidelined until at least Monday because of a small fracture in his left leg. […]

Billy Redden, the Banjo Boy from Deliverance, Speaks

My oral history of the filming of Deliverance is coming out in the September issue of Atlanta magazine. In the process of reporting it, I spoke with Burt Reynolds (hirsute star), John Boorman (short-fused English director), and Billy Redden. Redden played Lonnie, the somewhat deranged looking banjo savant. Turns out, he doesn’t know how to […]

Persistence Hunt: The Film Trailer

The chase begins August 13th.

From John Rocker’s Junk Folder: “you gutless pukes.”

A few days ago, I received a well-written email from John Rocker. It wasn’t the first—I’d gotten at least twenty over the previous two months, some of them more than 1,500 words long—but this one was forwarded from his long-suffering publicist, Debi Curzio. I’d recently written an article about Rocker for Atlanta magazine’s 50th anniversary […]

Winning Feels Good

Chris Jones, a man who has twice won magazine journalism’s highest award, recently wrote an honest (and polarizing) meditation on losing. It appeared on his blog, Son of Bold Venture, a great resource for writers—young, old, aspiring, established, cynical, naive—on writing. It begins: “I wish I didn’t care about awards, but I do, very much. […]

Dept. of Pleasant Surprises

Just learned that my story about the death of John Celmer (“Final Exit“)—which appeared in the March 2010 issue of Atlanta magazine—has been named a finalist in the “Reporting” category of the 2011 City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA) Awards. Atlanta magazine, where I’m a contributing editor, picked up six finalist nominations. Winners will be […]

ASAP Department: Bad Check

Thank you, “Mark Smith,” for today’s lesson in internet economics. Last week, at 3:51 a.m., you replied to my Craigslist posting about a bike. You asked if my “item” was still available for sale. I said, “Yes, call me about the bike.” Instead of calling, you emailed me again—again about the item. First from, […]

My Favorite Picture Caption

The fine print below a penciled picture of two men sitting at a table: “ILLUSTRATION TO A SUPPOSITIOUS EVENT FROM AN IMAGINARY NOVEL.” I like the multiple levels of non-existence.