Issue 12, June / July 1996

Issue 12, June / July 1996

“The Southerner who moves North is a staple character of song and story. In songs he tends to be an involuntary migrant who must leave home to find work. [He dreams] of the day when he can go back to the shack and the church in the wildwood that are ever enshrined in his heart.” — Florence King, on being a Southerner, in “West Toward Home”

Featuring “What’s Spam Got To Do With It?” with text by Clyde Edgerton and photography by Jean-Christian Rostagni.

Fiction by Lee Smith, Steve Yarbrough, and Ellen Gilchrest. Departments by Hal Crowther, Florence King, John Lewis, Roy Blount, Jr., and more.


FEATURE

How’s Your Lie, Bill? 
by Brent Beebe

What’s Spam Got To Do With It?
text by Clyde Edgerton
photography by Jean-Christian Rostagni

SHORT STORIES

Native Daughter 
by Lee Smith 

Veneer 
by Steve Yarbrough

Paradise
by Ellen Gilchrist


DEPARTMENTS


DOWN, OUT & ABOUT

Swamp Angel • The Shadow • Bohemian Heaven

THE FAILED SOUTHERN LADY

by Florence King

DEALER’S CHOICE

by Hal Crowther

BEHIND THE SCENES

by John Fergus Ryan

SELF-ANALYSIS

by Chris Nutter

REMINISCENCE

by David Carkeet

TRUE LIFE

by Chuck Oldham

SOUTHERN TRAVEL

by John Lewis

EXPLORATIONS

by Fetzer Mills

SOUTHERN MUSIC

by Philip Martin

SOUTHERN MUSIC

by Stephanie Zacharek

OFF THE SELF SOUTHERN BESTSELLERS SOUTHERN BOOKS

by Andrei Codrescu

SOUTHERN BOOKS

by Fred Hobson

COMICS

by P. Reeves

GONE OFF UP NORTH

by Roy Blount, Jr.

SOUTHERN SCENES

by Bill Mayer