Magazine


Issue 69, Summer 2010

Best of the South Vol. V

“One thing I’ve noticed about the South is that many of its ‘bests’ aren’t out in the open, or obvious.” — Editor’s Note

Essays by Woodlief Thomas, George Singleton, Ellen Ann Fentress, Robin Kirk, William Caverlee, Thomas Cochran, and more.

Odes by Maud Newton, David Ramsey, Beth Ann Fennelly, William Giraldi, Kevin Brokmeier, David Gessner, Jamie Quatro, Colleen Kane, and many others.







 

Columns & Departments

 

Editor’s Box
by Marc Smirnoff

 

I Don’t Hate It!
THE REST OF THE BEST
by Jack Pendarvis

 

Local Fare
LOOKING FOR HONEST STORIES 
by John T. Edge

 

Environment
GREEN WITH GUNS
by Diane Roberts

 

Psychology
ARE YOU A TREE BITCH?
by Ad Hudler

 

After the Storm
DOCTOR LOVE'S SECRETS
by Woodlief Thomas

 

Dining Out
A FINE RESTAURANT IN NOWHERE, SOUTH CAROLINA, RUN BY A MAN NAMED XUE
by George Singleton

 

History
INTIMATE STRANGERS
by Ellen Ann Fentress

 

Family
THE BEST-EVER DOG
by Robin Kirk

 

Literature
A GOOD SUMMER
by William Caverlee

 

The Past
OUR BEST GOLFER
by Thomas Cochran

 

After the Storm
RECOVERY WITH A VENGENCE
by Pia Z. Ehrhardt

 

Dealer’s Choice
SEX AND THE SOUTHERN POLITICIAN
by Hal Crowther

 

Writing on Writing
A GOOD LIFE
by Clyde Edgerton

 

Southern Scenes
photograph by Oraien Catledge

 


 

Features

 

RISING TIDE
a story by Elizabeth Spencer

 

SOMETHING YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT
a story by Matthew Neill Null

 


 

Fifth Annual Best of the South Odes

 

Maud Newton haunts a hotel

 

David Ramsey praises a puppetmaster

 

Brett Land seeks a psychic cure

 

Elizabeth Walton Wade cheers for college football

 

Dana Shavin gallops to adulthood

 

Alex V. Cook takes a transcendental dip

 

Beth Ann Fennelly heats up your reading list

 

Joni Tevis jams to antique tunes

 

Brad Land crosses the border

 

Michael Gillis reveals a family history

 

Dale Ray Phillips fishes for love

 

Diann Blakely prays for a sparrow

 

Russ Franklin hears the engines roar

 

Kevin Brockmeier selects 10 under 100

 

Amy Pence unlocks the past

 

William Giraldi admires bodacious legs

 

John Holman salutes a bird

 

Josh Weil fills up at a station without gas

 

Erin Sroka plays a game

 

Horace Mungin hauls in a bountiful catch

 

Drew Perry digs good dirt

 

Sharon Stone whispers to wild things

 

Drew Bratcher faces a primal fear

 

Mija Riedel stalks the Queen of cups

 

David Gessner hails a mighty book

 

Harold Whit Williams forgets his manners

 

Williams Bowers focuses on phallic art 

 

Colleen Kane roams a city's ruins

 

Jamie Quatro arranges Barry Hannah's literary insights

 


 Cover: "Backyard Defenders," East Austin, Texas, March 2010. Photograph by Noël Kristi Wells