Magazine


Issue 53, Spring 2006

Best of the South Vol. I

“I had begun to figure out that there was much in the South that was beautiful and sublime provided you adjusted your old or soft or foreign way of looking.” — Marc Smirnoff, “The Best What?”

Odes by John Updike, Michael Martone, Nic Pizzolatto, Richard Bausch, Wells Tower, and more. “Writing on Writing” by Chris Bachelder and William Caverlee. Fiction by Kevin Brockmeier, Karen Russell, James Whorton Jr., and Jason Ockert.

Essays by Gideon Lewis-Kraus, David Ramsey, and others. Matt Dellinger and Ada Liana Bidiuc look at the remnants of the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.







 

Columns & Departments

 

Editor’s Box
by Marc Smirnoff

 

Gone Off Up North
THE BEST OF BAD GAYNELLE
by Roy Blount, Jr.

 

Local Fare
ODES TO MY FAVORITE THINGS
by John T. Edge

 

In West Virginia
THE WATER RUSH
by Gideon Lewis-Kraus

 

Poetry
FEASTING
by Neisha Tweed

 

The Moviegoer
A CROWDED HOUSE
by Gary Hawkins

 

After the Storm
THE TERRIBLE OPPORTUNITY
by Matt Dellinger

 

After the Storm
LOVE IN THE RUINS
by Ada Liana Bidiuc

 

Writing on Writing
THAT PECKER
by Chris Bachelder

 

Writing on Writing
THE BEST SOUTHERN SHORT STORY EVER?
by William Caverlee

 

Dealer’s Choice
THE REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE
Anne Barden (1924–2006)
by Hal Crowther

 

Southern Scenes
MARDI GRAS (2006)
by William Joyce

 


 

Features

 

THE PERFECT MAN
The World’s Greatest Pac-Man Player
by David Ramsey

 

THE VIEW FROM THE SEVENTH LAYER
What if a mysterious force could help us understand everything?
a story by Kevin Brockmeier

 

THE WORLD’S GREATEST SENSATIONAL MYSTERY
She knew something had to happen.
a story by Karen Russell

 

FLASHES
We can try to put it out of our minds, but the past never leaves us.
a story by James Whorton Jr.

 

JAKOB LOOMIS
What happens when boys grow up.
a story by Jason Ockert

 


 

Best of the South Odes

 

Moon Winx Lodge Sign
by Michael Martone

 

Gone With the Wind
by Pearl Cleage

 

Gone With the Wind, Too
by Carolyn Parkhurst

 

Pretty Ugly Truck
by Michael Parker

 

Memphis Night
by Richard Bausch

 

Lake Charles
by Nic Pizzolatto

 

Strange Procession
by Bobbie Ann Mason

 

My Hurting Left Hand
by John Updike

 

The Starlite
by Wells Tower

 

Warren Oates
by Jack Pendarvis

 

Chicken's Feet
by J. David Stevens

 

Slick Politico
by Kirby Gann

 

World’s Largest Statue of an American Hero
by Cristina Henríquez

 

Monster Hunter
by Richard Parks

 

Crab Shack
by Pamela Duncan

 

Carnival
by Sheryl St. Germain

 

My Backyard
by Robert Anthony Siegel

 

Tasty Pie
by Marianne Gingher

 

Master Jewel Thief
by Ashley Fantz

 

Rental House
by Sarah Blackman

 

The End
by John Simpkins

 


Cover Photograph by  Charity de Meeh