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Michael Casper

Michael Casper has contributed to THE BELIEVER, THE WHITE REVIEW and other publications. 

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ESSAY: Jonny Corndawg

“It was not the perfect country and western song,” crowed David Allan Coe before the final, perfect verse of “You Never Even Called Me By My Name,” because it didn’t say “anything at all about mama, or trains, or trucks, or prison, or gettin’ drunk.” Jonny Corndawg, né Jonny Fritz, a young outsider country singer from rural Esmont, Virginia (pop. 528), and a proud second cousin of Coe, has clearly taken some of his relative’s cues to heart.
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