Magazine


Issue 65, Summer 2009

Best of the South Vol. IV

“It wasn’t that tarted-up, camera-ready, one-layer-of-whole-pecans-on-the-top type of thing. It was ‘right,’ though, owing to the lateness of the hour, no one troubled to define ‘right.’” Lolis Eric Elie, “Ode to Pecan Pie”

Odes by Ander Monson, Lolis Eric Elie, Marion Field, Susannah Felts, Emily Raboteau, Lauren Groff, and more. Fiction by George Singleton, Lincoln Michel, and Rebecca T. Godwin.

Other contributors include Wendy Brenner, Thomas Swick, William Caverlee, Leigh Ann Henion, and more.







 

Columns & Departments

 

Editor’s Box 
by Marc Smirnoff

 

Local Fare
MY CHEESY PASSION
A food writer reflects on his evolving taste for Southern cheese.
by John T. Edge 

 

Food
TASTE BUDS
An email friendship devoted to culinary delights.
by Beth Ann Fennelly 

 

Food
IN YOUR LANGUAGE
After traveling the world, a food writer comes home to an Alabama market.
by Kim Sunée 

 

Sport
THE WORKING MAN’S RACE
In North Carolina, some lawn mowers are leaving stock cars in the dust.
by Leigh Ann Henion 

 

Outdoors
IS THE ENVIRONMENT CROAKING? (IS ANYONE LISTENING?)
On the ground, ears open, with one of Florida’s leading ecologists.
by Lyn Miller 

 

Travel
OUR SIDE OF PARADISE
The quest for eternal youth leads to Florida.
by Kimberly Meyer 

 

Romance
I LOVE YOU IN TWELVE LANGUAGES
Sex, letters, and cassette tapes—remembering the one that got away.
by Wendy Brenner 

 

Southern Lit
A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT
Eudora Welty’s antic depiction of young love in the Mississippi woods.
by William Caverlee 

 

Writing on Writing
RECESSION BLUES
A dream career—as a travel writer and editor—goes bust in the economic downturn.
by Thomas Swick 

 

Dealer’s Choice
HOME FROM THE HILLS
It’s time to fight the destruction of nature underway in Appalachia.
by Hal Crowther 

 


 

Poetry

 

THE FLÂNEUR
by Billy Collins

 

SMALL UGLY GOD
by Eric Nelson

 


 

Features

 

A MAN WITH MY NUMBER
One scam artist meets another.
a story by George Singleton 

 

THE DEER OF VIRGINIA
So many days seem to end this way.
a story by Lincoln Michel 

 

THE LONG WEEKEND
In the wake of the Kennedy assassination.
a story by Rebecca T. Godwin 

 


 

Fourth Annual Best of the South Odes

 

Daisy Dodge welcomes you Home

 

Alan Grant hits the Highway

 

Ander Monson plays Disc Golf

 

Sarah A. Strickley loves a Toy Store

 

Lauren Groff learns to love a Duckpond

 

Joni Tevis watches a Demo Derby

 

Lolis Eric Elie eats a Pecan Pie

 

Keith Pandolfi recalls The Last Gentleman

 

Emily Raboteau encounters a Civil Rights Heroine

 

Mark Winegardner raises a Toast

 

Andrew Hood relives his Phobia

 

Sam Eifling profiles a great Bull Rider

 

Michael Gills escapes to a Beach

 

Matthew Vollmer partakes of an Ice-Cream Parlor

 

Michael Parker admires Merry Clayton

 

Sean Rowe restores a Farmhouse

 

David Taylor meets an Outsider Artist

 

Wright Thompson attends a BBQ Funeral

 

Matthew Pitt perfects a Scream

 

Marion Field slips into a Perfect Coat

 

Brandon Reynolds salutes the potency of Meat-Juice

 

Susannah Felts falls for Waterskiing

 


Cover photograph by Charity de Meer