Magazine


Issue 6, March / April 1995

 

“This new issue of the Oxford American is, far and away, the best one we’ve produced. … In any event, here is the new issue, replete with writing of a most thrilling and engaging strain.… spectacular artwork, and wild hogs, not in that order." — Editor’s Note

Includes a previously unpublished short story Zora Neale Hurston, with more fiction by John Grisham. Essays by Donna Tartt and Lewis Nordan. “My Friend Forrest Gump” by Willie Morris.







FEATURES

SHORT STORIES

BLACK DEATH 
by Zora Neale Hurston

THE QUESTION OF FATHER MURPHY'S SIN 
by Pepper Smith

THE BIRTHDAY 
by John Grisham

SWARNER AND ME TALKING 
by John Fulton

ESSAYS

IN MELBOURNE 
by Donna Tartt

THE MAKING OF A BOOK  
by Lewis Nordan

PHOTO ESSAY

PHOTOGRAPHS  
by Ken Light

PROFILE

MY FRIEND FORREST GUMP 
by Willie Morris


DEPARTMENTS

DOWN, OUT & ABOUT 

BACK VALLEY LIBRARY  • GOOD COBB • BADD COBB • NORTH GEORGIA WEDDING • WE'RE ALL MISS AMERICAS 

SOUTHERN HUMOR

FROM THE JOURNALS OF A COMMERCIAL TRAVELER 
by John Fergus Ryan

BE KIND TO YOUR WEB-FOOTED KINFOLK 
by Florence King

SOUTHERN OUTDOORS

APPALACHIAN BOARDOM 
by Jonathan Miles

SOUTHERN DINING

CHARLIE VERGOS'S RENDEZVOUS 
by Lindapeal White

SOUTHERN TRAVEL

CHALET SUZANNE 
by Scott M. Morris

SOUTHERN VIDEO

INTRUDER IN THE DUST 
by Steve Vineberg

SOUTHERN BOOKS

BERTRAM WYATT-BROWN'S THE HOUSE OF PERCY AND THE LITERARY PERCYS 
by Fred Hobson

WILLIAM STYRON'S DARKNESS VISIBLE  and REYNOLDS PRICE'S A WHOLE NEW LIFE 
by Steven Harvey


Cover art by Bill Mayer