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ARTERIAL AMERICA: Dispatch from the Mississippi River

I’ve often described my Arterial America journey as being made up of “historic routes,” and that certainly applies here; Abraham Lincoln himself floated down the Mississippi on a homemade log raft twice, in 1828 and 1830, each time taking a load of hogs down to market in New Orleans. Also, I had a personal interest in taking a trip upriver, having worked with Okie Moore Diving & Salvage during summers while I was a student. I was either a regular deckhand or a cook, making the kinds of meals that guys who spend their days hauling thousands of tons of steel out of the murk need to sustain themselves: giant pot roasts, buckets of spaghetti, and pies, pies, pies.
Department: Tales
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ARTERIAL AMERICA: Dispatch from Jackson

In mid-February, John F. Cline set off on foot from New Orleans bound for Chicago for a project he's dubbed “Arterial America.” He will be following the historic routes of the Mississippi Valley that facilitated last century's Great Migration—the African-American diaspora that funneled musical forms and cultures that were once specific to the South to the industrial cities of the North and beyond. Traveling by foot, towboat, and train, Cline has provided photos, recordings, and observations from his journey, including a series of exclusive dispatches for the Oxford American.
Department: Tales
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ARTERIAL AMERICA: Dispatch from Angola

In mid-February, John F. Cline set off on foot from New Orleans bound for Chicago for a project he's dubbed "Arterial America." He will be following the historic routes of the Mississippi Valley that facilitated last century's "Great Migration." Traveling by foot, towboat, and train, Cline will provide photos, recordings, and observations from his journey, including a series of exclusive dispatches for the Oxford American.
Department: Tales
ISSUE 66: Fading From View: Was Thomas Wolfe a genius? And should we care? Thumbnail

ISSUE 66: Fading From View: Was Thomas Wolfe a genius? And should we care?

The Thomas Wolfe Memorial, in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, is being swallowed up. New developments are dwarfing the yellow frame house on every side, like that little pink house in Virginia Lee Burton’s classic children’s book. First, the Renaissance Hotel went up across the street. Then, in the summer of 2006, a developer scooped up a parking lot catty-corner from the Renaissance and began construction on new, upscale condominiums.

Department: Vault
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