Paul Cox is a father and grandfather, a brother, a husband and a southerner who loves eastern North Carolina barbecue, words, and cornbread. He retired in 1998 from careers in which he taught 17th century British literature, served as a university administrator, engineered software, and consulted on Y2K issues. In retirement he took up writing newspaper columns for The Transylvania Times (Brevard, North Carolina), and in 2001 won the first place award for humorous columns in the annual North Carolina Press Association competition. With his emphatic wife Susan and two chronically drowsy but funny cats, he now lives, reads and plays chess among the mountains and waterfalls of western North Carolina, and considers himself pretty lucky.
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