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
by Marc Smirnoff
MY CHEESY PASSION
A food writer reflects on his evolving taste for Southern cheese.
by John T. Edge
An email friendship devoted to culinary delights.
by Beth Ann Fennelly
IN YOUR LANGUAGE
After traveling the world, a food writer comes home to an Alabama market.
by Kim Sunée
THE WORKING MAN’S RACE
In North Carolina, some lawn mowers are leaving stock cars in the dust.
by Leigh Ann Henion
IS THE ENVIRONMENT CROAKING? (IS ANYONE LISTENING?)
On the ground, ears open, with one of Florida’s leading ecologists.
by Lyn Miller
OUR SIDE OF PARADISE
The quest for eternal youth leads to Florida.
by Kimberly Meyer
I LOVE YOU IN TWELVE LANGUAGES
Sex, letters, and cassette tapes—remembering the one that got away.
by Wendy Brenner
A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT
Eudora Welty’s antic depiction of young love in the Mississippi woods.
by William Caverlee
Writing on Writing
A dream career—as a travel writer and editor—goes bust in the economic downturn.
by Thomas Swick
HOME FROM THE HILLS
It’s time to fight the destruction of nature underway in Appalachia.
by Hal Crowther
by Billy Collins
SMALL UGLY GOD
by Eric Nelson
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