Magazine


Issue 48, Winter 2005

“Four years ago in April Christ appeared to me in a dream firmer than a dream. He was not radiant but nevertheless pronounced against a red-brown background of low mountains on the near horizon. A camera would have placed Him on the surface of Mars or in front of a quiet sandstorm in Jerusalem.” — Barry Hannah, “Christ in the Room”

Essays by Charles Portis, Barry Hannah, Wendy Brenner, Kevin Brockmeir, Gary Hawkins, Will Blythe, and more. Fiction by Carol Ann Fitzgerald, Michael Parker, and Judy Budnitz.

Other contributors include Roy Blount Jr., John. T. Edge, Paul Reyes, and more.







 

Columns & Departments

 

Editor’s Box
by Marc Smirnoff

 

MESSAGES FROM THE FRONT
Delivering the motley South to your doorstep!
with Paul Maliszewski, Emily Witt, Lawrence Wilson

 

OA Comix
SAMMY’S WORLD
by Kristin Gore (writer) and Ellen Forney (artist)

 

Gone Off Up North
WHERE’S THE BIG IDEA?
by Roy Blount, Jr.

 

Saying It
DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME
by Kaye Gibbons

 

Local Fare
PIGGLY WIGGLY AIN’T NO HOGGLY WOGGLY
by John T. Edge

 

The Future
CHANGE IN THE DELTA
by Matt Dellinger

 

Sense of Place
TRI-COUNTY FAIR—PETERSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA
photographs by Mary Noble Ours

 

The Moviegoer
LIFE STUDIES
by Gary Hawkins



Guest Music Column
THE WORST FORM OF IMITATION?
by Will Blythe

 

Writing on Writing
A KIND OF MYSTERY
by Kevin Brockmeier


Writing on Writing
THE WIND BLOWETH WHERE IT LISTETH
by Charles Portis


Dealer’s Choice
SON OF A PREACHER MAN
Marshall Frady (1940–2004)
by Hal Crowther


Books
FAULKNER AS RACIST
by Marc Smirnoff


Books
ST. CASSIUS
by Paul Reyes


Southern Reader
ROUGHHOUSING IN THE SOUTHERN LIBRARY
by J.B. Slogan


Southern Scenes
WALNUT GLEN, WEST VIRGINIA
Photo by Mary Noble Ours


Poetry
BRUCKER ALONE 
by Rob Griffith

 


 

Features

 

LOVE AND DEATH IN THE CAPE FEAR SERPENTARIUM
Some passions are more dangerous than others.
by Wendy Brenner

 

THE KINDEST CUT
A Civil War surgeon carves a place in one family’s history.
a story by Judy Budnitz

 

CHRIST IN THE ROOM
The author’s life after seeing Jesus.
by Barry Hannah

 

ARE YOU READY TO BE SEEN?
What should a frustrated writer do if his main competition is his best friend?
a story by Jennifer S. Davis

 

HIDDEN MEANINGS
A college student turns in a no-holds-barred homework assignment.
a short story by Michael Parker

 

KING VOLCANO
Intimate encounters on a Hawaiian island.
a short story by Carol Ann Fitzgerald

 


Cover: Photo by Mary Noble Ours