Magazine


Issue 38, March / April 2001


“[T]he speedy advance of technological wizardry, or the Web, is both dubious and vulnerable. It is now less of a secret that dot-com mergers and dot-com economics are not enough to satisfy the deeper cravings in our souls.” — “Editor’s Box”

Essays by John Jeremiah Sullivan, Susan Sontag, Cynthia Shearer, and Rebecca Bengel. Fiction by Andrea Lee and Aleda Shirley.

Other contributors include Marty Stuart, James Carlos Blake, Brad Watson, J.E. Pitts, and more.







Features

 

Charmed Lives
The making of a travel editor; a person whose work is vacationing
By Thomas Swick

 

Postcards from the Fair
Cakewalks, horse races, a midway—Neshoba County, Mississippi, might be heaven.
By Kevin Canty

 

Far from the Madding Utopia
The experimental commune of Rugby, Tennessee, lives on.
By Cynthia Shearer

 

Good-bye Yellow Brick Road
The Land of Oz park was a magical place atop a North Carolina mountain.
By Rebecca Bengal

 

Short Stories

 

Anthropology
A young urbanite searches for her rural roots.
By Andrea Lee

 

The Interior West
The Twilight Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico. . .could this be home?
By Aleda Shirley

 


 

Departments

 

Local Fare

 

Paris Through Yam-Colored Glasses
Chez Haynes was once the heart of the black expatriate community in France.
By John T. Edge

 

Traveling Dangerously

 

From Zaire with Love
Dodging bullets and drinking beer with nuns.
By Ken Wells

 

History

 

The Hollow Men
Mysterious cave paintings in Tennessee.
By John Jeremiah Sullivan

 

Forum

 

Favorite Destinations
Southern notables’ must-see recommendations.

 

Road Trip

 

Truck Stop Heaven
The Red Hot served the best coffee on the road.
By Marty Stuart

 

Shortcut
He wanted to get to the girl quickly.
By James Carlos Blake

 

Take Off the Blindfold, My Friend. . . .
In search of the future with roadside physics.
By Brad Watson

 

Natural History

 

Puc Puggy in Xanadu
Exploring Florida’s St. Johns River.
By Bill Belleville

 

Lost Classics

 

Homage to Halliburton
The adventuring Southerner Richard Halliburton was a lasting literary influence.
By Susan Sontag

 

The Last Great Traveler
On Halliburton’s Royal Road to Romance. 
By Evan S. Connell

 

Periodicals

 

An Editor at Large
The Southern education of one of the founders of modernism.
By Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno

 

Book Views

 

Invisible Cities
A real guide to some unreal places.
By Michael Dirda

 

Southern Music

 

Ebony Silhouette
Afternoons with the late Milt Hinton.
By Tom Piazza

 

Columns

 

Dealer’s Choice
By Hal Crowther

 

Gone Off Up North
By Roy Blount Jr.

 

Poetry

 

Widow of the Flatlands
By J. E. Pitts

 

Cape Cod Evening, 1939
By Claude Wilkinson

 

Letters from John Hardin to Miss Ara Boggs
By Miles Garett Watson

 


Cover photo by Anthony Gordon. Model: Martina Gordon (NY Models)