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  • Charles Bethea

    Editorial Contributor

    Charles Bethea is, as his paternal grandmother boasts, a fifth-generation Atlantan. Raised in Ansley Park, he now lives in Buckhead, though he's always talking about moving somewhere cool, like Cabbagetown. He likes writing about lots of things, but especially sports, adventure, and death. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Wired, and Outside magazine, about subjects ranging from Barack Obama's e-mail address to whether or not humans can outrun pronghorn antelope. In 2011, he won the City and Regional Magazine Association award for reporting for his piece on Final Exit Network and was nominated for a James Beard Award.

 

Mushroom Foraging

Hunting for prized chanterelles

Five of us were foraging at Candler Park this summer, after weeks of biblical rain had made for plentiful mushrooms. Our eyes were trained on the mossy ground under oaks and conifers, where golden chanterelles had risen in clusters—known as a “flush”—with their fleshy orange and yellow caps shaped like blousy tulips. Read more...