“How smart are Southern college-football coaches? Your fall sanity relies on their analysis, decision-making, and roughly hewn moral code. Not since the Iraq War have so many men of potentially unsound intelligence been entrusted with our complete faith.” — Clay Travis, “An I.Q. Test for College Coaches”
With stories on horseracing, baseball, hunting dogs, fishing, and much more. Essays by John Updike, Ron Rosh, Jill McCorkle, and others.
Additional contributors include M.O. Walsh, Mary Miller, Mark Edmundson, David Payne, Belle Goggs, Taylor Bruce, John T. Edge, and more.
by Ray Wittenberg
by Marc Smirnoff
Gone Off Up North
by Roy Blount, Jr.
South Carolina native Kirby Higbe played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, hung out with Hemingway, and opposed the hiring of Jackie Robinson.
by John T. Edge
Do you need to be a rocket scientist to enjoy good food?
by Hal Crowther
There are worse things than sports scandals happening in this country, aren’t there?
by Belle Boggs
A profile of a fierce competitor for Civil War relics.
by Michael Parker
Sober, divorced, and middle-aged, he wanted to channel his inner athlete.
by Farrell Evans
Brian Pope may be the fastest and most enigmatic man in the South—or at least in Oxford, Mississippi.
by Taylor Bruce
The mysterious death of a baseball player from Georgia.
Writing on Writing
by David Payne
Why are Northern writers “national” and Southern writers “regional”? On economics, media bias, and literary status.
Writing on Writing
by George Singleton
How you, too, can become a millionaire writer!
photograph by William Eggleston
by Kane Webb
On the powerful compulsion to drive more than 500 miles and sleep on floors for three nights just to join 150,000 people in watching a two-minute horse race.
a story by Mary Miller
Her world seems to be coming apart, starting with the hole in her ceiling.
a story by M.O. Walsh
This is how you play the game: Start with a lover you’ve never met.
a story by Mark Edmundson
What happens when you take a strange, 300-pound janitor up on his invitation to come over to his trailer for dinner?
SENSE OF PLACE
James Perry Walker’s 1970’s-‘80s photographs from Mississippi and Tennessee.
by Mike Powell
by Pia Z. Ehrhardt
by Jim Ruland
by Melissa King
by Beth Ann Fennelly
by Marianne Gingher
by Robert Parham
by Ron Rash
by Clay Travis
New Orleans Chessman
by William Caverlee
by Any Selsberg
by Jill McCorkle
by Rainer Sabin
by Wright Thompson
by Brooks Haxton
by J. David Stevens
by John Updike
“Man At The Summit” (2006) by Eric Zener