Magazine


Issue 39, May / June 2001


“One of the main reasons I married my ex-husband was because he promised I could raise some chickens. Now, in hindsight, I know that marrying only for the promise of chickens is the wrong reason to get married. But I was young and impressionable.” — Chela Gutierrez, “Prissy”

Previously unpublished fiction by James Dickey. Features by Tessa DeCarlo and Luke Dittrich. Robert Ashford Little remembers his next-door neighbor, William Faulkner. Poetry by Forrest Gander, Michael McFee, and Ron Rash.

Other contribuors include Diane Roberts, Lem Coley, John T. Edge, John Simpkins, and more.







 

Features

 

“The Innocent Negro”
The controversial world of outsider art.
By Tessa DeCarlo

 

Pageants Are My Life
A trip into the strange heart of child beauty pageants.
By Luke Dittrich

 

Short Story

 

The Eye of the Fire
A previously unpublished story by the author of Deliverance.
By James Dickey

 


 

Departments

 

Local Fare

 

An Untidy Pilgrimage
The extravagant adventures of the neglected food writer Eugene Walter.
By John T. Edge

 

Business

 

Man’s New Best Friend?
A North Carolina couple wants to donate tiny horses to the blind. Is this a good idea?
By Andrea Cooper

 

Politics

 

Behind These City Walls
There are mysteries constructed into the very buildings of Washington, DC.
By Diane Roberts

 

A Southern Abroad

 

Space Invaders
A black American explores the murky racial boundaries of South Africa.
By John Simpkins

 

Animal Life

 

Prissy
The thrill and savagery of chicken farming.
By Chela Gutierrez

 

Forum

 

Stand and Deliver
Friends and colleagues remember James Dickey (1923–1997)

 

Oral History

 

Growing Up with Mr. Faulkner
Remembering life next door to a Nobel Prize-winner
Robert Ashford Little as told to T.E. Simmons

 

Videos

 

Straight, No Chaser
The unsettling power of Southern Comfort.
By Stewart O’Nan

 

Book Views

 

The Conflict Within Ourselves
A Recent biography of Allen Tate chronicles the Fugitive poet’s inner quarrels.
By Lem Coley

 

Southern Music

 

Sweetening the Lemon
A new collection polishes the tunes of bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson.
By Tom Piazza

 

Columns

 

Meditations for Bad Girls
By Vicki Covington

 

Dealer’s Choice
By Hal Crowther

 

Gone Off Up North
By Roy Blount Jr.

 

Poetry

 

To Virginia
By Forrest Gander

 

Spitting
By Michael McFee

 

The Request
By Ron Rash

 


Cover: (Left to right) Ensign Charles W. Miller, LTJG. Henry H. Dearing, and LTJG. Bus Alber walking toward their planes on board the USS SARATOGA for the Rabaul raid, 1943. Photo from the National Archives.