March 21st, 2013 issue #1212

March 21st, 2013
  • Fiction contest winner: 'The Cliff'

    By Charles McRavenThey rode in as if they owned the place, and within five minutes, they did. Thirty Union soldiers, commanded by a captain, spreading out over the farm, posting sentries. Ophelia stood on her porch and watched it happen, knowing absolutely that there was nothing she could do, or should have done, to stop it. There’d been no warning, no frightened neighbors rushing by to safety to scream at her to get out.  The men had the bold ruthlessness of invaders, the certainty that nothing would oppose them.

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  • John Carlos: The silence heard round the world

    When John Carlos was a seven- or eight-year-old growing up in Harlem, he had a vision of that moment on the victory stand in Mexico City at the 1968 Olympics, even down to using his left hand rather than his usual right. He imagined he was in a movie. That premonition became an iconic image 15 years later when 200-meter bronze-medal winner Carlos and gold medalist Tommie Smith stood in front of the world and gave a Black Power salute.

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  • The write stuff: Meet the winners!

    Writing takes discipline, to be sure– just ask the Hook's famed contest judge John Grisham, who spends hours every single day at the keyboard, and has more than two dozen best sellers to his name.

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Latest slam on the BoV's June debacle: The American Association of University Professors releases a report on Rector Helen Dragas' firing of President Teresa Sullivan and...

The Dish

Real Estate - On the Block

  • Spotlight on Farmington

    Area: Farmington
Price range: $575,000-$5,900,000
Schools: Murray, Henley, Western Albemarle Pros: location, amenities, beautiful neighborhood
Cons: high cost of...

Real Estate Property auctions

  • Property auctions

    March 21 at 11:30am at the  Albemarle Courthouse Property: Verizon Wireless Building 874 Rio East Court Debtor: Oliver Enterprises LLC Original amount owing: unknown B...

Movie Reviews




  • Letter: New skatepark for kids or adults?

    It will be interesting to see if the new skateboard park [Hook March 7, 2013, article, "Pop-shove-it! Charlottesville skate park re-opens in McIntire] will be designed for ...

Black and White

  • Luce

    Neighborhood dog by the name of Luce. Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at

Cultural preview

  • Get Out! events, shows, things to do

    "You know the kind of joke that's super-hilarious but also points in some genius way to the whole thing of the universe? Like that."—Daniel Handler, on Paul Legault's The...