Magazine


Issue 55, Winter 2006


“In the South, barbecue is a civic religion. And a smoke-lacquered pig is a totem of shared faith.” — John T. Edge, “United by Pig”

Fiction by Jill McCorkle, Kevin Brockmeier, and Jack Pendarvis. Barry Hannah writes on the pleasures of teaching noir. Poetry by Jennifer Strange, Reynolds Dixon, and Greg Alan Brownderville.

Other contributors include Chris Bachelder, A. Scott, Roy Blount Jr., Ginny Jonson, and more.







 

Columns & Departments

 

Gone Off Up North
DEEP IN THE HEART OF IT
by Roy Blount, Jr.

 

Local Fare
HOLY SMOKE
by John T. Edge

 

DONALD HARINGTON
The 2006 Oxford American Lifetime Award (for Contributions to Southern Literature)
with appreciations by Jack Butler, Molly Giles, Kevin Brockmeier, and Miller Williams

 

People
THE MAN OF A THOUSAND THRILLS 
by Kevin Conley

 

OA Comix
THE MOSQUITOES ATE UP MY SWEETHEART
by Bongoût

 

Writing on Writing
THE MULCHER
by Chris Bachelder

 

Sense of Place
THE UNITED NUWAUBIAN NATION OF MOORS
Putnam County, Georgia, 2005
photo essay by A. Scott

 

Politics
PARTY OF ONE
by John C. Williams

 

After the Storm
ROCKET MAN
by Ginny Johnson

 

Masterpieces
LUCINDA WILLIAMS’ CAR WHEELS ON A GRAVEL ROAD
by Sven Birkerts

 

Family
LAST DAYS
by Andrew Hudgins

 

Books
THE STRANGE CASE OF BRAD VICE
by Michelle Richmond

 

Stories
HOW FAR INTO GRIEF, DISASTER, OR HORROR?
by William Caverlee

 

Southern Scenes
WILLIAM STYRON, July 1960
Photograph by David Lees

 


 

Features

 

DARK HARVEST
On the pleasures of teaching noir, an underdog genre.
by Barry Hannah

 

TOLLBOOTH CONFIDENTIAL
Doing bad stuff is as safe as flying in an airplane.
a story by Jack Pendarvis

 

A FABLE WITH SLIPS OF WHITE PAPER SPILLING FROM THE POCKETS
The coat belonged to him now. It had changed him into someone he had never expected to be.
a story by Kevin Brockmeier

 

SURRENDER
This child was nothing like her son.
a story by Jill McCorkle

 


 

Poetry

 

Three Days After Easter, 1994
by Jennifer Strange

 

Penumbra
by Reynolds Dixon

 

Waking Up in Baghdad
by Greg Alan Brownderville

 


 Cover: “Branded Woman” by Glen Orbik. Originally published by  Hard Case Crime