Issue 24, November / December 1998

Issue 24, November / December 1998


“Whatever a soul is, I think literature does better than most ministers, priests, rabbis, or imams in creating a kind of stillness and watchfulness and attentiveness, and to me that is soulmaking.” — Will Blythe

An essay by Joy Williams. Photography by Adam Shepner and F.S. McKnight. An Interview with Will Blythe. Fiction by Ron Carlson. Michael Griffith on the Orangeburg Massacre.

Other contributors include John T. Edge, Chris Offutt, Tom Piazza, Sven Birkerts, and more.


JOURNALISM

Shooting George Wallace
History or entertainment? The Wallace camp reacts to John Frankenheimer's Emmy Award–winning docudrama.

by Daniel Paul Simmons III

PHOTOGRAPHY

"Our Junkyard"
by Adam Shemper

YANKEE'S CORNER

Pure Southern Weddingness
Looking for an uncynical moment of bliss. 
By David Updike 

SOUTHERN GALLERY

An Interview with Will Blythe

ESSAY

Uncanny the Singing Tht Comes From Certain Husks
Why one writer writes
By Joy Williams

POETRY

The Village in the Lake
by A. E. Stallings

Joseph Bolton An appreciative despair
by Donald Justice

Poems
by Joseph Bolton

PHOTOGRAPHY

The Studio Photography of F.S. McNight

SHORT STORY

The Ordinary Son
Growing up amid geniuses when you're not one.
By Ron Carlson

HISTORY

Home Truths
The Orangeburg Massacre remembered
By Michael Griffith

SOUTHERN GALLERY

An interview with Jane Mullen

SOUTHERN CUISINE

Smoked & Fried by the Roadside
The town Calvin Trillin forgot. 
By John T. Edge

MUSIC

The Art of the Delta Blues
By Tom Piazza

BLOODLINES

A Melungeon Gathering
Embracing ethnicity in Appalachia. 
By Chris Offutt

BOOKS

From her Rooted Place
The secret voodoo of family life in Eudora Welty's fiction.
By Sven Birkerts

COLUMNS

Dealer's Choice
By Hal Crowther

Waving Not Drowning
By Julia Reed

Gone Off Up North
By Roy Blount Jr.


Cover: "Grand Chenier, Louisiana, September 5, 1998" by Debbie Flmeing Caffery