The book traces the history (and mythology) of the Atlanta-based beverage
In this month’s Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism (W.W. Norton), Elmore, an Atlanta native who “grew up drinking Coke every day,” traces the history (and mythology) of Coke through its supply chain. The research took him from 350 boxes in Emory University’s archives to India (water) and Peru (coca leaves).Read more
The city is right behind San Francisco, thanks likely to tax incentivies, cheap electricity, and solo HOV lane access
Atlanta and San Francisco rarely share top billing in any kind of ranking, but when it comes to electric car sales, the ATL is second only to the City by the Bay. San Franciscans may adopt the energy-saving cars thanks to do-gooding environmentalism (and California’s high gas prices), but Atlantans choose the vehicles for decidedly more pragmatic reasons: hefty tax incentives, cheap electricity, and—most alluring to many—permission to drive solo in the HOV lane.Read more
She writes candidly about both her parents’ troubled marriage and her husband Darren Lumar
In the memoir Cold Sweat: My Father James Brown and Me (Chicago Review Press), Yamma Brown writes about growing up in the shadow of celebrity and domestic violence. She is equally candid about her parents’ troubled marriage (“the beatings always began the same way, with the same terrible sounds”) and the dichotomy of her life after their divorce.Read more
College Football Hall of Fame vs. the Hyatt: What the GOP and Dem “victory” venues say about this year’s election in Georgia
The face of Georgia is changing, which only one party seems to realize.
You can argue about campaign strategists and outside money and the candidates’ resumes and who used social media better. And each candidate has made mistakes. But here’s the reason these races are so tight: the GOP candidates simply don’t reflect Georgia.Read more
A Georgia State University scientist is exploring ways to thwart fungal diseases that threaten bats and bees. Meanwhile, disease has been spotted in the serpent population.
A decline in bats—a population depletion of 6 million since 2006—leaves quite a large dent in natural insect extermination and presents an interesting research opportunity for scientists like Georgia State’s Christopher Cornelison.Read more
While some art is available to all, we need to consider those who live with it 365 days a year.
Atlanta’s emerging public art scene is exciting—murals and installations enliven our city and make it more engaging, and yes, they draw outsiders to parts of town that might otherwise be overlooked. But the controversy over the Krog Tunnel underscores the need to balance arts promotion and the concerns of communities that serve as the backdrops for street art.Read more
The latest exchange was little more than a rehash of campaign attack ads. Also, Libertarian Amanda Swafford chimed in.
The hour-long session amounted to little more than a re-hashing of Nunn and Perdue’s negative campaign ads, with the occasional oddball interjection by Swafford. It would have been more efficient to stay home and watch the ads on the candidates’ Facebook pages.Read more
In a wide-ranging exchange that included ethics, Ebola, education funding, and the suspension of Todd Gurley, the candidates attacked each other more directly. And Libertarian Andrew Hunt threw a few curveballs into the mix.
If Deal seems vexed, it’s understandable. In a state that favors incumbents and still leans right, the GOP governor should be cruising to re-election. But this race, which is Deal’s to lose, remains tied and possibly headed for a run-off.Read more
Feat. Lena Dunham, Fred Armisen, Whoopi Goldberg, and Natasha Lyonne. Also Ireland Baldwin, because why not?
Way back in 1990, Madonna repackaged her hit “Vogue” in a commercial urging the kids to vote (or risk getting a “spanky.”) And the tradition continues, with Atlanta rapper Lil Jon asking celebrities what they’re turning out for (get it?) this midterm election.Read more
Meanwhile, the New York Times says Georgia polling might be off. And, there’s a Mark Richt factor to consider.
At least this football season has delivered some exciting upsets and shifts in the team rankings. On the other hand, the latest batch of polls on Georgia’s gubernatorial and Senate races delivers a familiar narrative: these races are close, y’all.Read more