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  • Charles Bethea

    Editorial Contributor

    Writer-at-large Charles Bethea is a fifth-generation Atlantan, but his southern accent is faint. Raised in Ansley Park, he now lives in Cabbagetown. His writing has appeared in Outside, GQ, the New Republic, the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and Rolling Stone, among other publications. His Atlanta magazine story "Final Exit" won the 2011 City and Regional Magazine Award for reporting.

 

An artist's unlikely inspiration: Walmart

Brendan O'Connell has a single subject and a singular mission

Brendan O’Connell is painting bananas. Not particularly impressive specimens, either. They sit bunched and bruised beside his twelve-by-sixteen-inch canvas, which is balanced on a shopping cart at the front of a Walmart store in Tucker. Read more...

Watching the Warhol of Walmart

Yesterday at the Tucker Supercenter, Brendan O'Connell painted a $1,500 bunch of bananas

Tucker native Brendan O’Connell has been painting scenes at Walmarts around the country for a decade now, and in the last year they've actually made him pretty good money ($1,500 for small paintings, $40,000 for larger ones). This week, at the company's invitation, he spent a two-day residency at a store just a few miles from his boyhood home. Read more...

Five questions for Carl Bouckaert

The Belgian Olympian turns his Georgia horse farm over to 50,000 electronic music fans

Ambient dub and laptronica will drown out the gurgle of the Hooch September 27 to 29 as a farm in Chattahoochee Hills, thirty minutes south of Atlanta, hosts a three-day music festival called TomorrowWorld. Read more...

The Doritos ad champ

A chat with Ben Callner, creator of the winning goat ad during this year's Super Bowl

Ben Callner is twenty-eight and lives in the basement of his girlfriend’s parents’ home in Decatur—by choice, he insists, not necessity. Read more...

On the Falcons' New Stadium

So, the Falcons get a new stadium. What’s in it for us?

A new stadium! Georgia Dome 3.0: the thinnest, lightest, fastest arena ever! With a retractable roof! At a cost of a mere billion, $300 million of which would come from hotel/motel taxes, the rest from Falcons owner Arthur Blank and the NFL. Read more...