SoLost is the original video series by The Oxford American that celebrates getting lost in the American South. SoLost is an off-kilter video journey through the side roads, backrooms, cellars and psyche of the modern South. With subjects prospected by master image-maker and Southern back-roads champ Dave Anderson, we delight in the tastes, sounds and myriad cultural delights of this our glorious landscape. Join us every month as we unveil a new episode of SoLost: artful, online video shorts that explore the complexity and vitality of the American South.
Have you ever bought a brand-new book that cost ten thousand dollars? Probably not—but if you did, there's a reasonable chance it was made by Craig Jensen, one of the world's greatest living bookmakers. Craig operates Booklab II out of San Marcos, Texas, and for thirty-five years he has been making some of the most beautiful books you'll ever see. Collaborating with artists, writers, museums, and designers, Craig has amassed the kind of library that libraries drool over. Come see why . . .
After Jewly Hight described the raucous spectacle of Marlene, Carlene, and Darlene performing in a drag gospel show at a downtown Nashville gay bar in the Tennessee Music issue, we at SoLost were moved to go witness this extraordinary group in person. Not least of all because Jewly herself—a.k.a. Cousin Pussyfoot—participates as a clogger and drummer.
The Chicks have a reputation as Nashville's greatest living drag gospel act, yet little video evidence of these spirited performers actually exists. We decided to remedy that. And when we heard there was still time to witness "Gaytivity," their legendary Christmas show . . . well, that was it. We packed our bags and headed for Nashville.
Three short years ago, a boy named Griff responded to a Kentucky Mingle profile and met a boy named Whit. Awash in a sea of popped collars, the two connected at a Rainbow Bus Club meeting in Lexington and quickly bonded over a shared love of their home state. Soon, a dastardly plan was hatched. Who knew this plan would soon occupy a spot in the annals of advertising infamy? Only they did, my friend, and now you get to find out what really went down.
Here, for the first time, find the complete and unvarnished truth of why Kentucky Kicks Ass.
Jimmy Rhodes, Jr. is not an ordinary man, not by any stretch. He collects paraphernalia of many varieties— wrestling gear, film props, autographs. He is an accomplished magician. And he just so happens to have (probably) been the youngest mayor in Arkansas history. And he is, well, a mortician. The kind of person who sees dead people for a living.
But in a funny way, these things aren't what make him special. You see, not all of us were raised around a funeral home in a family like his—"Green Acres meets Addams Family," as he describes it—and not all of us possess a gift for making people laugh in the hardest of times. And, of course, not all of us had the benefit of childhood exposure to a hard-drinkin', chewin-tobacco-lovin' donkey, either...
But Jimmy did. So what does it all add up to? Watch and see (and be sure to wait for Jimmy's surprise at the end of the credits).
Cassilhaus is a dazzling home, art gallery, and residency created by Frank Konhaus and Ellen Cassilly, a couple who married in their forties and decided that they would "have artists" instead of children. Ellen, a green architect, teamed with husband Frank to design their modern home to include an adjoining apartment and studio space in the woods near Durham, North Carolina—a wonderful retreat for visiting artists to stay, relax, and make new art. This is the story of that creative community.