Issue 52, Winter 2006

Issue 52, Winter 2006

Winter Reading Issue

“And this, dear readers, is where [we] failed you. If we had designated ‘Coal Miner Mother’ a fiction, our ‘only’ blunder would have been that we were duped by a pen name—a fate shared by so many other publications.” — Marc Smirnoff, in an apology for publishing J.T. Leroy

Fiction Daniel Alarcón, John Holman, Chris Bachelder, and Stephanie Powell Watts. Profiles of Kevin Brockmeier, Natasha Trethewey, Ron Rash, and others emerging writers.

Contributors include Paul Reyes, Will Blythe, Susan Straight, Diane Roberts, Melissa King, and others.


Columns & Departments

Editor’s Box
by Marc Smirnoff

Gone Off Up North
INFINITE JUICE
by Roy Blount, Jr.

Local Fare
LET US NOW PRAISE FABULOUS COOKS
by John T. Edge

OA Gallery
The paintings of Stan Rice, poet

Obsessions
UNMENTIONABLE
by Andrew Hudgins

Work
THE INTERVIEW QUEEN
by Melissa King

In Florida
THE PLEASURE DOMES OF FLORIDA
by Diane Roberts

OA Comix
CONFESSIONS OF A HARDENED BOOK FESTIVAL ATTENDEE
by James Whorton, Jr. & Peter Bagge

Family
THE SECRET OF SECRETS
by Beth Ann Fennelly

Sports
THE ART OF HATRED
by Will Blythe

Private History
THE NOT-SO-GENTLE LADY OF VIRGINIA
by Roger L. Tarr

Books
AMID THE SWIRLING GHOSTS
by William Caverlee

Writing on Writing
THE REBELLION CONTINUES, AT LEAST IN THE SOUTHERN SHORT STORY
by Alan Gurganus

Writing on Writing
HEARING VOICES
by Susan Straight

Dealer’s Choice
A CITY OF THE MIND
by Hal Crowther

Southern Scenes
SHELBY FOOTE, 1916-2005


Features

OA Forum
EMERGING WRITERS
According to some mighty Southern writers, the future of Dixie fiction looks bright.

BLUE YODEL OF A WAYFARING STRANGER
poetry by Frank Stanford, with an introduction by C.D. Wright
Poems that evoke the “great quiet bumming of the soul at night” and dreamlike visions.

SECONDHAND SUBLIME
by Paul Reyes
Touring Tennessee with artist Wayne White, whose landscape paintings are wordier than any you’ve seen before.


Winter Fiction

MATTRESS: A TIMELINE
a story by Chris Bachelder
Can a used mattress topple a relationship?

UNASSIGNED TERRITORY
a story by Stephanie Powell Watts
In the rural South, some folks don’t appreciate a Jehovah’s Witness at the door.

THE NAKED EYE
a story by John Holman
Families will both disappoint and rescue you.

NANCY
a story by Daniel Alarcón
After she abandons you, is there anything left?


Poetry

“The Ineffable”
by Thom Ward

“Destination”
by Benjamin Pryor

“Barber St.”
by Jeff Fallis

“The Russian Novel”
by Billy Collins


Cover: Abigail Vona, author of  Bad Girl. Photograph by Amy Guip