Author Archives: Chris Mackowski

A Postscript: Time to Talk (Civil War) Books….

Last week, Emerging Civil War featured a week-long interview with Civil War bookseller Marc Ramsey of Owens & Ramsey Booksellers in Richmond, Virginia. One thing Marc and I didn’t really didn’t have time to touch on in the conversation, though, … Continue reading

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Andersonville Offers Wonderful Writing Amidst Horrific Suffering

Every so often as we read, we writers run into a sentence that is so spot-on perfect that we say, “Damn, I wish I’d written that.” Such writer-envy is not uncommon, and at its heart, it springs from a deep … Continue reading

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Time to Talk (Civil War) Books: A Conversation with Marc Ramsey—part five

Part five of five In today’s final installment of my conversation with Marc Ramsey of Owens & Ramsey Bookseller, we talk a bit about the overall health of the book business and how that impacts Marc as a specialized seller. … Continue reading

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Visitor to the Chaplains Museum

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Time to Talk (Civil War) Books: A Conversation with Marc Ramsey—part four

Part four of five In yesterday’s segment of my interview with bookseller Marc Ramsey of Owens & Ramsey Booksellers, he mentioned a recent book panel he served on where he doled out his best-book recommendations for 2016. But now, he said, … Continue reading

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Time to Talk (Civil War) Books: A Conversation with Marc Ramsey—part three

Part three of five My conversation continues with Marc Ramsey, owner of Owens & Ramsey Booksellers in suburban Richmond. Yesterday, Marc talked about falling in love with the Civil War through books and through battlefielding. Eventually, that led to a career … Continue reading

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Time to Talk (Civil War) Books: A Conversation with Marc Ramsey—part two

Part two of five We’re continuing my conversation with Marc Ramsey, owner of Owens & Ramsey Bookseller in suburban Richmond, Virginia. Yesterday, after getting an orientation to his shop, Marc began to tell me a little about the shop’s general … Continue reading

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Time to Talk (Civil War) Books: A Conversation with Marc Ramsey—part one

Part of one five Walking into Marc Ramsey’s Civil War bookshop, Owens & Ramsey, was like walking into my dream library. Stacks and stacks and shelves and shelves of Civil War books ran the length of the shop, with more … Continue reading

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A Quick Writing Lesson with Foote and Faulkner

One of the important lessons I tell my writing students is, “Punctuation serves as a guidepost to tell your readers how to read your writing.” To illustrate my point, I use a sentence from Shelby Foote’s The Stars in Their Courses: … Continue reading

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Harper’s Weekly World News

I don’t know about you, but I am tired of all the outrage these days about “fake news.” People who use that term have no idea what they’re talking about. Anyone who ever used to read the old Weekly World … Continue reading

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