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The Violinist of Hillsborough Street Honors the ‘Big Four’

About four years ago I shared the story of David McKnight, the Violinist of Hillsborough Street. I ran into him again yesterday while getting lunch, and he was kind enough to play excerpts from the fight songs of the “Big Four” of the ACC: Duke, Carolina, Wake Forest, and NC State in honor of the tournament now underway.

David has been playing the violin on Hillsborough Street for about fifteen years.

Reminiscences of a Raleigh Boy, Part 7: The Ghost of Blount Street [Updated]

The year was 1966, and the gilded luster of the aged grande dame had faded long ago. With great trepidation I walked up to the front door. My buddy and I had been roving Blount St. for more than a year by then, exploring and photographing the once elegant mansions being demolished by the state in the late 1960s. And of course I always had my trusty Kodak Instamatic camera in tow.

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A Moment of Christmas Ennui

For me, nothing can bring the sadness and despair brewing beneath to the surface quicker than the holidays. I captured this photograph on a cold night in a strange bar.


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