My uncle and grandmother used to make knishes in Durham as the Knish Maven over fifteen years ago and distributed them to local supermarkets. The triangle wasn't really ready for them then, maybe they will be now.
My brother, a couple of friends, and I wrote a zine back in high school at Jordan High in Durham in the late 80's and early 90's called F.L.A.C.K. The acronym stood for Forum for Literary Anarchist Community of Kapitalists. We wrote six issues and made a hundred copies of each by hand on a copier at my dad's work and bound them ourselves. We sold them to students and teachers alike for a dollar a piece and sold out every issue. We even branched out and sold copies at other schools and at Schoolkids Records in Chapel Hill. I think we were amongst the first sines to show up in the area. We used pseudonyms so we wouldn't get in trouble for the sometimes controversial content of the zine, but the anonymity also meant we got no credit for our creative effort. I still have a copy of each issue securely stored to keep them intact. I pull them out to read every once in a while to reminisce about those good, creative times.
Here's a true story of South of the Border from 1999: http://youtu.be/P1CbvVGDzDQ.
I was born in Durham in 1974. Grew up there, lived there most of my life, until I went away for college. My parents still live in Durham. I never understood the dangerous reputation Durham cultivated. I didn't go downtown a lot when I was younger, just because it had been practically vacated at the time, so there wasn't really any reason to go. I would go to the public library, the arts center, or go skateboarding in front of vacant storefronts. Now downtown Durham is hopping with restaurants, bars, and the DPAC. I live in Carrboro now, but still travel frequently to Durham to hang out or visit my parents. I have never felt endangered or afraid in Durham. I have been all over Durham, I have been to the apartment complexes that draw fear in the eyes of outsiders, and I have never once felt threatened. As long as I was friendly, everyone that I have ever encountered in Durham has been friendly back.
Make sure you're signed up so we can inbox you the latest.
Login to choose your subscriptions!
Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation