Magazine


Issue 33, May / June 2000


“George Garrett used to say that it was literature if it bore ‘news of the spirit.’” — Hal Crowther, “Dealer’s Choice”

A Painted House by John Grisham, continued. Features by John Jeremiah Sullivan and Gary White. Fiction by John McManus.

Other contributors include Diane Roberts, James Hughes, Andrew King Collier, Jane Hirschfield, R.T. Smith, John T. Edge, Hal Crowther, Vicki Covington, Tom Piazza, P. Revess, Roy Blount Jr., and more.







SERIAL

A PAINTED HOUSE
Looking through windows and listening at doors, Luke is burdened with new secrets. Part Three.
by John Grisham

FEATURES

DIARIES OF A COUNTRY PRIEST 
Thomas Merton’s seven-volume journals illuminate the spiritual journey of a truly modern monk.
by John Jeremiah Sullivan

MY 50 MARRIAGES 
In Florida any employee of the Clerk of Courts can marry couples, even if like Steven Barthelme in “I Do, I Do” (pg. 54), they’re only doing it for the health insurance.

by Gary White

SHORT STORY

REAFFIRMATION
The hardest part of love is keeping the object of your affection from escaping.
by John McManus

DEPARTMENTS       

LOCAL FARE

OUR DAILY BREAD
The biscuit, manna of the South, can be just as good coming through a fast-food window.
by John T. Edge

A SOUTHERNER ABROAD

LEARNING TO BE AT PEACE WITH WAR 
War may be hell, but the “operations other than war” in Kosovo were sometimes disturbingly. . . fun.
by Bob Shacochis

LEGAL

OLD SPARKY 
A brief history of Florida’s legendary electric chair.
by Diane Roberts

TALKIES

BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE THE TIME 
George Clooney, friend of the common man, comes to Mississippi as part of a new Coen brothers’ movie.
by James Hughes

THE WRITING LIFE

EVERYONE'S A CRITIC 
Creative writing workshops are not for the faint of heart.
by Andrea King Collier

SOUTHERN MUSIC

THE MAN THAT RODE THE MULE AROUND THE WORLD 
North Carolina crooner Charlie Poole shone briefly in the spotlight.
by Tom Piazza

COLUMNS

DEALER'S CHOICE 
by Hal Crowther

MEDITATIONS FOR BAD GIRLS 
by Vicki Covington

GONE OFF UP NORTH 
by Roy Blount Jr.

POETRY

SELF-PORTRAIT IN A BORROWED CABIN 
by Jane Hirshfield

IN HORSEHIDE SHOES FLEUR HOBBS EATS CHEESE, DRINKS CHINESE BEERS & LAMENTS THE NATURE OF HER ONE ARREST 
by R. T. Smith

COMICS

by P. Revess

OTHER DEPARTMENTS

CONTRIBUTORS

DEAR OA

EDITOR'S BOX 

UNCLE ART

OFF THE SHELF 

MUSIC NOTES

SOUTHERN SCENES 

On the Cover: “Eve" by Terry Rowlett