Issue 32, March / April 2000

Issue 32, March / April 2000


“I think being a fiction writer has made me more tuned-in to different types of people by listening to them, observing them. It’s made me more empathetic.” — Denise Giardina

A Painted House  by John Grisham, continued. Features by Tim Gautreaux and Matthew Teague. Fiction by Carrie Brown. Interviews with Denise Giardina and Ernest Gaines.

Other contributors include Tom Piazza, Carol Dawson, H.W. Brands, Joshua Gordon, John T. Edge, Hal Crowther, and more.


SERIAL

A Painted House
By John Grisham
Luke discovers that the brawl he witnessed has deadly results that threaten his family. Part Two.

FEATURES

Perfect Strangers on  a Train
By Tim Gautreaux
Riding the rails of Amtrak’s Crescent, a passenger becomes part of a moving village.

The Chess King of Decatur Street
By Matthew Teague
A day in the excellent world of Jude Acers, sidewalk chess master and French Quarter original.

SHORT STORY

Father Judge Run
By Carrie Brown
A boy pining for his absent mother thinks his employer’s parrot is an ominous and eerie presence.


DEPARTMENTS


LOCAL FARE

Soul Food Served on a White Tablecloth
By John T. Edge
Sampling the Nouveau Soul offerings of Puff Daddy, Gladys Knight, and Evander Holyfield.

SOUTHERN GALLERY

Q & A with Denise Giardina
A novelist turned gubernatorial candidate discusses the controversial issues in West Virginia politics.

Q & A with Ernest Gaines
The author of A LESSON BEFORE DYING comments on the book’s new adaptions to stage and screen.

POLITICS

In God We Trust—But Not Necessarily in Jesus
By H. W. Brands
What our Founding Fathers really thought about religion and its place in politics.

WILDLIFE

Turtlemania
By Rick Bass
Confessions of a boyhood passion for turtles and the one that got away.

BUSINESS

Hairdresser to the Authors
By Carol Dawson
A new East Texas business combines two form of artistry—literature and hairstyling.

SOUTHERN MUSIC

California, Here I Come
By Tom Piazza
Hot Jazz singer Banu Gibson recalls the early days with her unforgettable trombone player.

COLUMNS

Dealer’s Choice
By Hal Crowther

Meditations for Bad Girls
By Vicki Covington

Gone Off Up North
By Roy Blount Jr.

COMICS

By P. Revess

POETRY

Stalking the Ordinary
By Joshua Gordon


OTHER DEPARTMENTS

Contributors

Dear OA

Editor’s Box

Uncle Art

Off the Shelf

Music Notes

Southern Scenes


Cover Art by Jeff Louviere