Illustration by Kat McCall When I originally came up with the idea of this column being a written list of things that maybe didn’t get the spotlight shone on them the same way all other “Best of’s” in the magazine did – things like the best Circle K to stop at if you want to ensure the ice machine is full for your Polar Pop, or the best speed traps to stay away from during your afternoon commute – it ended up coming off just a little too snarky, even for me. So, in the end, I decided...Read More
Author: Brian Panowich
Welcome to the arts issue. I’m an artist and can speak on that a little, but sometimes during my travels, when I come up on younger folks out there in the world who remind me of the tornado idealist I used to be as an up-and-coming artistic human being, I know by the looks on their faces that they see some older fella, going gray around the edges, who has clearly grown detached from the current state of hip. Well, there may be some truth in that. I’m fully aware that I’ve aged out of shopping at Buckle. I’m...Read More
When I was a newly minted teenager, I was fairly certain that my father was a lunatic. He was a baffling old man who said the craziest things, things that stressed the importance and sanctity of family. He’d say at the end of the day, a person’s family would be their greatest asset in life. Insane, right? I know. He also spouted off about how he longed to retire to the solitude of the mountains for him and my mother, and how Waylon Jennings was the greatest entertainer of all time. I groaned a lot as a kid riding...Read More
This month’s issue of the magazine is about homes and gardens—two things I don’t have a whole lot of experience with. So I’m going to take you in another direction as to what home means to me and talk about something I do have a little experience with—music. I’m a military brat and so the concept of home was really never something I could ever fully get my head around. Until my father retired from the Army here in Augusta when I was 12 years old, I didn’t really have a family home, or a room I grew up...Read More
It’s April in Augusta and everyone who lives here knows what that means—the majestic gates of Augusta National open and our city welcomes people from all over the world to the Masters. It’s a big deal. And all of us locals are pretty proud of it. That being said, on a more personal level, this month also marks my one-year anniversary writing for Augusta magazine. April also marks the U.S. release of my second novel, Like Lions. So it’s a pretty amazing month and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate those two landmark events other than...Read More
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