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A flashpoint of both progress and pain during the Civil Rights era, Birmingham has refashioned itself into a place both livable and relevant, part of the national conversation in unexpected ways. Like everywhere in America’s Sun Belt, the Alabama city seems to have a chain restaurant on every corner. But if you know where to look, you can eat wonderfully well and find meals that help tell the tale of the city over the past decades.

America does beaches extremely well, a point I didn’t begin to realize until my 20s, when I tried to sunbathe on a jam-packed stretch of Spanish shore. But too many of the towns along our coastlines have become charmless and generic. They feel like shopping malls with sand. Then there are those that shine. Here are seven of the best.

The Comeback: Birmingham

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Fifty years after Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote his landmark “Letter From a Birmingham Jail,” the once segregated Alabama city is reinventing itself for the new millennium.

Dead Poets Remembrance Day

This Thursday, October 7th, poetry-lovers across the country will gather for the first annual Dead Poets Remembrance Day, a unique opportunity to meet at the graves of American poets and read their verse aloud. Walter Skold, founder of the Dead Poets Society of America, developed the idea for the holiday after taking a 15,000 mile…

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A Greenpeace marine biologist’s hands are covered in oil after surveying the mouth of the Mississippi River last week. According to an article this morning in USA Today, TripAdvisor has recently analyzed its search data for activities, restaurants, and accommodations in the Gulf Coast area and found that they have been searched significantly less in…

If you read Harper Lee’s classic book, To Kill a Mockingbird, back in middle school, chances are that the characters in the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel–Atticus Finch, Scout, Dill, and Boo Radley–have stayed with you. The book, which was published 50 years ago this year,  represents a trying period in American history, when segregation and racism…

Cool Beans

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Currently en route from Texas to Saratoga Springs (with a stop at HQ), contributing writer Andrew Nelson sends us a dispatch from Dixie: On the road, I’m always pleased by the psychic "right on" when I stumble across something authentic and tasty. I was on a roll, driving down Interstate 65 through L.A. (that’s Lower…