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Tracy Thompson

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in atlanta, ga., The United States
August 27, 1955

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I am a journalist, book author and editor. My most recent book, The New Mind of the South (Simon & Schuster), is a look at what my native region is becoming in the 21st century, and why it continues to be so misunderstood by Southerners and non-Southerners alike.

In one of my several other lives, I write about motherhood, current affairs and the tragic absurdities of life in my blog, The Blockhead Chronicles.

Before I started doing what I do now, I was a big-city newspaper reporter for 15 years—-eight years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and seven years at the Washington Post. I've also written about mental illness—my own, and other people's—discovering in the process that one of mankind's most enduring afflictions is still shrouded
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The New Mind of the South

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My 1995 book, The Beast: A Journey Through Depression, is being re-released this month by Diversion Books, with a new foreword! Available in both e-book and paperback. Hope you check it out!


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When you say "Southern history," people think either "Civil War" or "civil rights." In fact, there's a fascinating and distinguished history of social activism in Southern history, and the story of south Georgia's Koinonia Farm ranks up there with th ...more
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Years ago, I came face to face with a photograph of Lincoln in the American Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., taken just months before his assassination, and it mesmerized me. Such an amazing face: so gaunt, so worn, so full of sadness--and yet t ...more
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I knew Kate Boo in passing 20 years ago when we both worked in the newsroom at the Washington Post--maybe just well enough to say hi to at the water cooler--but I knew her work very well. She was intimidatingly good at what she did: long-form, narrat ...more
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I grew up in the 1960s and, like a baby duck, was imprinted early with the image of LBJ and his horn-rimmed glasses looking at me almost every night from the TV screen in our living room. I wasn't quite old enough to be one of those protesters outsid ...more
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“The unexamined life is not worth living, but the unlived life is not worth examining.”
Tracy Thompson

“The brain is the only organ that tries to make sense of its pain. It is as if the bone were trying to understand the break, as if the blood vessel could comprehend its rupture. But this is also its greatest impediment to understanding. The mind clings fiercely to any alternative to chaos, even if that alternative is self-destruction.”
Tracy Thompson, The Beast: A Journey Through Depression

“We live in a culture where we put our most intimate secrets on the Internet and have no idea who our next- door neighbors are, where we labor in cubicles all day and go home at night to update our Facebook page. What we lack- what most of us instinctively know we are missing, what makes so many of us log on to Facebook in the first place- is community.”
Tracy Thompson, The New Mind of the South




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