Magazine


Issue 66, Fall 2009

The Southern Lit Issue

“In the South, we digress, we festoon our sentences with subordinate clauses, flashbacks, qualifications, and semicolons galore, traveling down remote-yet-beautiful, twisting, dirt tracks scorned by more minimalist sensibilities.” — Diane Roberts, “Writing on Writing”

Features by Wendell Berry, Jack Pendarvis, Barb Johnson, and Alex Taylor. “Writing on Writing” by Diane Roberts, Rick Bragg, Maud Casey, Christina Enriquez and Moira Crone.

Other contributors include Bronwen Dickey, John Gould Fletcher, Anne Trubek, Jamie Quatro, Michael Griffith, and more.







 

Columns & Departments

 

Editor’s Box
by Marc Smirnoff

 

Publisher’s Note
by Warwick Sabin

 

I Don’t Hate It!
UP TO OUR WAISTS IN GRAVY
by Jack Pendarvis

 

Local Fare
OXFORD GOES GREEN
by John T. Edge

 

Writing on Writing
THE MUSE
by Rick Bragg

 

Writing on Writing
A LIFE IN BOOKS
by Maud Casey

 

Lifestory
LEAVING LOUISIANA
by Reggie Scott Young

 

Lit Crit
WHOM SHALL WE LOVE
by William Caverlee

 

Writing on Writing
NOTWRITING
by Diane Roberts

 

Writing on Writing
THE ART OF OPENING UP
by Moira Crone

 

Lit Crit
WHY TEACH FAULKNER?
by Graham Hillard

 

Lit Crit
MODERN CITY, MODERN WRITER
by Franklin Bruno

 

Writing on Writing
WHY WE LIKE DRAMA
by Graham Gordy

 

Travel
FADING FROM VIEW
by Anne Trubeck

 

Lit Crit
AMONG MUTINOUS HELIUM BURSTS AROUND SATURN
by Jamie Quatro

 

Lit Crit
BEAUTIFUL, DESIRABLE, AND DEAD
by Michael Griffith

 

THE PAST SOUTHERN ENEMY NUMBER ONE
by Bronwen Dickey

 

Writing on Writing
TAKING ON THE DEVIL
by Arthur Rickydoc Flowers

 

REFLECTION ASPHODELS
by Solon Timothy Woodward

 

Lit Crit
SEEING IS BELIEVING
by Richard H. King

 

Lit Crit
BEFORE THE SHOOTING STARTS
by Alan Grant

 

Writing on Writing
THE REJECTION FILES
by Cristina Henríquez

 

Dealer's Choice
DEEP GREENS AND BLUES
by Hal Crowther

 


 

Fiction Extravaganza 2009

 

PENITENTS UPON THE ROAD
a story by Alex Taylor

 

THE INVITATION
a story by Barb Johnson

 

A BURDEN
a story by Wendell Berry

 

THE ORPHANS' GARDENING AND EXISTENTIALISM CLUB OF BIBLICAL CADENCE, TENNESSEE
a story by Jack Pendarvis

 


 

Poetry Revue 2009

 

APOLOGIA FOR BEING A POET
by John Gould Fletcher

 

POETRY TEACHER
by Elizabeth Cox

 

DEEP TRASH
by Jeff Fallis

 

ITINERANT
by Caki Wilkinson

 

A PARABLE FOR MY STUDENTS
by Howard Bahr

 

SAVE ONE
by Eric Nelson 

 

DOWNTOWN
by Peter Cooley

 


 

The Best Southern Books Of All Time

 

Our poll of 134 scholars and writers on the greatest Southern novelsnonfiction and underrated books.

 


Cover photograph by  Blake Fitch