• About Chuck Twardy

    Chuck Twardy is a writer and an instructor in the School of Communication at East Carolina University.


    Minding Manners

    by  • February 9, 2018 • Commentary • 0 Comments

    And then there’s that stamp…   Like most book lovers, I enjoy a good bookstore. I seek them when I travel and rarely with a title in mind. In a Staunton, Virginia bookstore this summer, I happened upon a small hardback titled Learning to Behave, published in 1946, and figured it might harbor timeless...

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    Screen Savor

    by  • February 8, 2018 • Commentary • 0 Comments

    It’s ten years old now, written before the rise of social media, but Mediated: How the Media Shapes Our World and the Way We Live in It remains a crucial text of our era. Written by Thomas de Zengotita, an anthropologist who teaches at the Dalton School and New York University, was a bracing...

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    The Damaged Dog

    by  • February 8, 2018 • Commentary • 0 Comments

    The story of Dally starts with a story my Dad told me when I was 10 or 11. Lecturing me on my comparative good fortune, he said he was my age when his father shot his dog dead in front of him. I’ve always pictured it at the bottom of the slope below the...

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    Das Ende

    by  • April 30, 2015 • Commentary • 0 Comments

    It is hard to describe an affinity for a war when, like most emotionally balanced people, you dislike war. “Enthusiast” connotes something like cheering and “buff” seems too cavalier, as if millions of deaths were merely a category of your stamp collection. But World War II has always pulled me like gravity. My father...

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    I can’t watch!

    by  • June 30, 2014 • Commentary • 0 Comments

    I’ve watched some of the U.S. team’s play in the FIFA World Cup — luckily, some key moments, such as when the U.S. took the lead against Portugal, and when Portugal scored with seconds left in stoppage time. But I have to admit I have not been there for every kick and save. And...

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    The future will be being

    by  • October 23, 2013 • Commentary • 0 Comments

    For Slate’s Lexicon Valley blog, Ben Yagoda ponders why so many of his students use the archaic “amongst” instead of “among.” He notes that the 18th century term had been pretty well put to rest by 1994, but it launched a vigorous resurrection with the millennium, given new life by those born in the...

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    Exasperating certitude

    by  • September 22, 2013 • Commentary • 0 Comments

    My local paper, the Greenville Daily Reflector, runs a page two feature every day that both fascinates and confounds me. It puts “Bless Your Heart” behind its online paywall, so I won’t link it here. That uniquely Southern locution can express anything from admiration to pity to outright contempt, but the DR’s selection of...

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