A compilation from The Times (of
This volume consists of selections from Wiley W. Hilburn, Jr.’s “Fragments”
column, which has appeared in The Times
Pen portraits of personalities exude a characteristic humor and pathos. Also revealed are genuine and meaningful achievements in ordinary lives.
Insights into one of the nation’s most interesting political traditions is provided in analyses of politics and politicians.
Hilburn’s own experiences—childhood, teen-age growing pains, and encounters as a practicing journalist, with all of his foibles, embarrassments, self doubts, and fantasizing—evoke a nostalgia with which everyone who grew up in a small town can identify.
Humor abounds—inspired by life and much of it gathered from his coffee drinking cronies at Shipley’s and the Huddle House.
And there is the Hilburn family:
wife Ellen, children, parents, grandparents, assorted aunts and uncles, and
in-laws—with whom so many
Finally, Hilburn paints a vivid picture of the North Louisiana landscape—sunshine and rain, changing seasons, fishing holes, and woodlands—places where all have been and to which all wish to return.