Magazine


Issue 29, September / October 1999


“The principle we followed to help us make every redesign decision was this: we believe our writers are producing probing and provocative and soulful work, and we would like for as many good readers as possible to read it for themselves.” — “Editor’s Box”

Essays by Kevin Wilson, Tim McLaurin, and Katherine Clark. Fiction by Jean Ross Justice and Brad Watson. Alan Jacobs on the Outdoors. Photo Essay by Maude Schuyler Clay.

Other contributors include Donna Tartt, William Styron, Roy Blount Jr., Janet Lembke, John T. Edge, Darcey Steinke, and others.







FEATURES

INITIATIONS
A father reveals that although the rites of youth have changed, taking the hard climb to the top is still the only way to view higher ground.
by Tim McLaurin

REFLECTIONS ON THE LAST ALABAMA MIDWIFE
A young white Harvard grad and an illiterate black "granny" write a book together and upset Mobile society
by Katherine Clark


FICTION

LEAST OF KIN
by Jean Ross Justice

WATER DOG GOD: A GHOST STORY
by Brad Watson


COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS 

DEALER'S CHOICE

STRANGERS IN THE SWAMP
by Hal Crowther

OUTDOORS

AN ENTANGLED THING
by Alan Jacobs

DEER SEASON, 1974
by Tony Earley

FIRST PERSON

A WORLD OF GLASS
by Kevin Wilson

ARGUMENT

FORBIDDEN FRUIT
by John Simpkins

THE POLITICAL ANIMAL 

YOUR CLAN OR OURS?
by Diane Roberts

LOCAL FARE

I'M NOT LEAVING UNTIL I EAT THIS THING
by John T. Edge

FAMILY LIFE

PROMISE OF GLAMOUR
by Darcey Steinke

SOJOURNS

FAKE BULLETS IN LOUISIANA
by Jack Heffron Mark Garvey

PHOTO ESSAY

THE ART OF DROWNING
by Maude Schuyler Clay

SOUTHERN MUSIC

ENDANGERED SPECIES: NEW ORLEANS STREET JAZZ
by Tom Piazza

TALKIES

ROBERT ALTMAN'S INTIMATE PORTRAITS
by Steve Vineberg

WILDLIFE

THE RIDDLES OF THE SPHINX
by Janet Lembke

GONE OFF UP NORTH 

STOCKS AND BONDAGE
by Roy Blount Jr.

TRIBUTE

WILLIE MORRIS, 1934-1999
by Donna Tartt

IT CANNOT BE LONG
Remembering a friend.
by William Styron

SOUTHERN SCENES

WILLIE MORRIS, JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI, 1993.
Photograph by Maude Schuyler Clay


POETRY

WHO SAID THAT?
by Alfred Corn

NEW ORLEANS ENGAGEMENT
by Dave Smith

A LOT
by Scott Cairns


On the cover: Photograph by Frank Ockenfels