Features - Atlanta Magazine

Author Candice Dyer

  • Candice Dyer

    Editorial Contributor

    Candice Dyer's work has also appeared in Men’s Journal, Paste, Garden & Gun, Georgia Music Magazine, Georgia Trend, Brightleaf: A Journal of Southern Writing, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and other publications. Her essay about the fiftieth anniversary of Waffle House was anthologized in Cornbread Nation 4: The Best of Southern Food Writing. She is the author of Street Singers, Soul Shakers, and Rebels with a Cause: Music from Macon, a look at the rollicking lives of Little Richard, Otis Redding, James Brown, the Allman Brothers Band, Wet Willie, Marshall Tucker, and other artists and music-makers with ties to Middle Georgia.


Inside Story

Writers tend to present themselves as hardy flowers that bloom wherever planted, when in fact, most of them more closely resemble hothouse orchids in their finicky sensitivity. Read more

Have You Dined at Ford's Lately?

Several architects, interior designers, and restaurant conceptualists swivel their heads to look around the room, and a couple of them thoughtfully clear their throats. Read more

The Norcross Experiment

Most schools in metro Atlanta are dominated by one demographic. They’re poor, affluent, white, black, or Hispanic. Their classrooms are filled with fourth-generation Georgians—or refugees who arrived in Atlanta last month. Read more

There's Gold in Them Thar Hills!

Digger Don disappears beneath the surface of the water, where it courses seven feet deep, to guide the three-inch nozzle of his dredge over the crenulations of quartz and granite, burrowing through silt and sand toward the hard-packed bedrock in Tesnatee Creek, a storied destination on geological maps of the "Gold Belt" arcing across northeast Georgia. Read more

Crime Pays

Like most Anglo-Saxon surnames, Slaughter probably derives from an ancestor’s occupation: a butcher or someone else who got his hands bloody for a living. Read more


The embankment feels like a ninety-degree incline, but the minister strides purposefully up it as if hiking a switchback trail—"the trick is to take it sideways," he says—toward the abutment of the I-75 overpass. Read more

Blondie Strange

In a move that combines burlesque with recycling, Blondie Strange crushes Budweiser empties flatter than platters between her breasts without flinching, dismounts the stage, and pulls a Sharpie from behind the bar to autograph them for the hooting frat boys, intown scenesters, and gamy night crawlers who are waving dollar bills. Read more

The Legacy of Deliverance

Forty years after its publication, Deliverance leaves most of us native Appalachian readers feeling—much like that quartet of luckless river voyagers—conflicted and sore. Read more

Alone on the Grange

Dr. Donna Thompson, though, is not like most vets; she does not shy away from any hurting animal, except maybe, she concedes, a rattlesnake. Read more

Q&A with Hugh Acheson

The name of Hugh Acheson’s new restaurant—his first in Atlanta—sounds retro and progressive at the same time, winking at the city’s history of preening boosterism: Empire State South. Read more