Issue 32, March / April 2000
“I think being a fiction writer has made me more tuned-in to different types of people by listening to them, observing them. It’s made me more empathetic.” — Denise Giardina
A Painted House by John Grisham, continued. Features by Tim Gautreaux and Matthew Teague. Fiction by Carrie Brown. Interviews with Denise Giardina and Ernest Gaines.
Other contributors include Tom Piazza, Carol Dawson, H.W. Brands, Joshua Gordon, John T. Edge, Hal Crowther, and more.
A PAINTED HOUSE
Luke discovers that the brawl he witnessed has deadly results that threaten his family. Part Two.
by John Grisham
PERFECT STRANGERS ON A TRAIN
Riding the rails of Amtrak’s Crescent, a passenger becomes part of a moving village.
by Tim Gautreaux
THE CHESS KING OF DECATUR STREET
A day in the excellent world of Jude Acers, sidewalk chess master and French Quarter original.
by Matthew Teague
FATHER JUDGE RUN
A boy pining for his absent mother thinks his employer’s parrot is an ominous and eerie presence.
by Carrie Brown
SOUL FOOD SERVED ON A WHITE TABLECLOTH
Sampling the Nouveau Soul offerings of Puff Daddy, Gladys Knight, and Evander Holyfield.
by John T. Edge
Q & A WITH Denise Giardina
A novelist turned gubernatorial candidate discusses the controversial issues in West Virginia politics.
Q & A WITH Ernest Gaines
The author of A LESSON BEFORE DYING comments on the book’s new adaptions to stage and screen.
IN GOD WE TRUST—BUT NOT NECESSARILY IN JESUS
What our Founding Fathers really thought about religion and its place in politics.
by H. W. Brands
Confessions of a boyhood passion for turtles and the one that got away.
by Rick Bass
HAIRDRESSER TO THE AUTHORS
A new East Texas business combines two form of artistry—literature and hairstyling.
by Carol Dawson
CALIFORNIA, HERE I COME
Hot Jazz singer Banu Gibson recalls the early days with her unforgettable trombone player.
by Tom Piazza
by Hal Crowther
MEDITATIONS FOR BAD GIRLS
by Vicki Covington
GONE OFF UP NORTH
by Roy Blount Jr.
by P. Revess
STALKING THE ORDINARY
by Joshua Gordon
OFF THE SHELF
Cover Art by Jeff Louviere