Darrin M. Devault

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I saw some un-bee-lievable color at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis on July 19.

I saw some un-bee-lievable color at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis on July 19.

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You are writing the story of your life. Edit as you go.
Biz Stone, Twitter co-founder

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Blog posts from my spring workshop on social media strategies for ‘treps


Two University of Memphis journalism graduate students wrote separate blog posts about my spring workshop titled “Social Media Strategies for Entrepreneurs” held at the U of M Crews Center for Entrepreneurship.

Stevenson’s post: "Four Steps to a Smarter Social Media Strategy"

Kohler’s post: "Think Strategically! — Social Media for Entrepreneurs

Kohler, an exchange student from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, did a nice job of summarizing my key points:

Developing an action plan enables you to build a strong, consistent social media strategy for your business. It allows you to balance efforts and benefits, to plan content delivery, and to reach your audience accurately. The four step strategy of identification, information, integration, and engagement may help to meet these goals.”

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Remembering my paternal grandfather on Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day I salute my late grandfather Wade Maurice Devault of Hollow Rock, Tenn., and his service to our country.

My “Boo Boo” died when I was 17. My grandmother asked lifelong buddy Todd Lowe and me to play “Taps” at his military funeral service in Prospect Cemetery in Hollow Rock. It was quite the honor for me.

This is Boo Boo’s senior photograph (Class of 1935) from Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central High School.

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Devault-Graves Digital Editions Releases Ebook by J.D. Salinger

Several days ago my book publishing company released the first legitimately published book by J.D. Salinger in some 50 years.

Devault-Graves Digital Editions, which specializes in reprinting the finest in American period literature, proudly brings readers an anthology titled Three Early Stories by one of America’s most innovative and inspiring authors.

A young and ambitious writer named Jerome David Salinger set his goals very high very early in his career. He almost desperately wished to publish his early stories in The New Yorker magazine, the pinnacle, he felt, of America’s literary world. But such was not to be for several long years and the length of one long world war.

The New Yorker, whose tastes in literary matters were and remain notoriously prim and fickle, was not quite ready for this brash and over-confident newcomer with the cynical worldview and his habit of slangy dialogue.

But other magazines were quick to recognize a new talent, a fresh voice at a time when the world verged on madness.

Story magazine, an esteemed and influential small circulation journal devoted exclusively to the art of the short story and still active and respected today, was the first publication to publish the name J.D. Salinger and the story “The Young Folks” in 1940, an impressive view of New York’s cocktail society and two young people talking past one another, their conversation almost completely meaningless and empty.

His next short story was published in a college journal, The University of Kansas City Review, “Go See Eddie” is a tale of quiet menace, as an unsavory male character gradually turns up the pressure on a young lady to see a man named Eddie. Also published in 1940, the story is notable for the backstory that is omitted — a technique that Hemingway used to great effect.

Four years later toward the end of Salinger’s war experience saw the publication of “Once A Week Won’t Kill You,” again in Story magazine.

Ostensibly about a newly minted soldier trying to tell an aging aunt he is going off to war, some may see the story as a metaphor for preparing one’s family for the possibility of wartime death.

This anthology of Salinger’s early works includes original illustrations by Anna Rose Yoken, a talented young artist based in New York.

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