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Issue 41, Fall 2001
The Hidden South
“When Eudora Welty composed a story, she pinned the sheets of paper together! I have an image of her with pins bristling from her mouth as, like a dressmaker working from a paper pattern, she tacked her frill-free paragraphs together, patiently tailoring the prose to fit the oddly shaped reality.” — John Updike
John Updike, Bobbie Ann Mason, X.J. Kennedy, and others remember Eudora Welty. Essays by Paul Reyes, Donna Tartt, Jacob Levenson, and more. Fiction by John McManus. An interview with Barry Hannah.
Other contributors include Bill Belleville, Eric Ormsby, Hal Crowther, David Bottoms, and more.
COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS
In times like these, what is the proper role for a magazine like The OA?
by Marc Smirnoff
Off the Shelf
by Fred Hobson, Randall Curb, Tessa DeCarlo, and Annie Wedekind
A Man of the World
James Still (1906–2001)
by Hal Crowther
Eat More Possum?
by John T. Edge
One of the South’s most celebrated fiction writers discusses his technique and beliefs.
Where Tiny Deer Reign
by Bill Belleville
The Place of Shakespeare in a House of Pain
by Eric Ormsby
Spanish Grandeur in Mississippi
by Donna Tartt
The Other Music Cities
by Alex Halberstadt
Gone Off Up North:
Much Ado About Nothin'
by Roy Blount Jr.
Remembering Eudora Welty (1909-2001)
John Updike, Bobbie Ann Mason, X.J. Kennedy, and others pay tribute
Photograph by William Eggleston
On the Road in Third-World Alabama
The AIDS epidemic has hit the rural South, and one man tries to help.
by Jacob Levenson
Strange Fruit: The Dream of Elmer Martin
A Baltimore wax museum documents—explicitly—the events that shaped African-American history.
by Paul Reyes
Samuel Mockbee's Vision in an Invisible World
A “genius” award-winning architect builds postmodern homes for the poor.
by Raad Cawthon
A young man wants the affection of his roommate.
A story by John McManus
by David Bottoms
by James Applewhite
Cover: "Leland Juke" by Birney Imes (Leland, Mississippi, 1983)