Academic journal article Thomas Wolfe Review

Ted Mitchell

Academic journal article Thomas Wolfe Review

Ted Mitchell

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TWS member Ted Mitchell is working again at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial and no doubt helped ensure that the Old Kentucky Home was mentioned in "5 Quick Stops in Asheville" by Charlotte Observer travel editor John Bordsen on 8 October 2006. Bordsen groups recommended stops in categories for reading, art, eating, and music, after a category "'Angel' with attitude" in which he writes: "Weekend guide Ted Mitchell is just the guy who could get you reading Wolfe's dense and personal prose. He's a Wolfe expert in his own right, an active researcher who knows people Wolfe knew well." In addition to describing the Memorial with information on location, hours, and fees, Bordsen claims that "on a Mitchell-led tour, you get a riveting, real-life soap opera a la 'Peyton Place.'"

Mitchell contributed the "Editor's Choice" titled "Wolfe's Words Ring Prophetic in Our Own Times" in a lengthy letter published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on 6 May 2006. With quotations from You Can't Go Home Again,Mitchell drew comparisons between Asheville's building boom of the 1920s and the city's present-day growth pains, concluding: "this is a hopeful book--the conclusion is that although you can't go home again, the home of every one of us is in the future: there is no other way" (A5).

Mitchell contributed another letter to the editor on 11 September 2006, the fifth anniversary of the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., suggesting that an excerpt from Antaeus, or A Memory of Earth (Thomas Wolfe Society, 1996) could be read as prophetic:

   The wheel will rust, the tallest towers will topple down
   like smoke. … 
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