Issue 25, January / February 1999

Issue 25, January / February 1999


“You have to keep going to the original source.” — Nancy Lemann in “My Actual Hero”

Never-before seen work by Walker Percy. An interview with President Jimmy Carter. Tony Early on Eudora Welty’s poor (fictional) relations. Fiction by Walker Percy and Wendy Brenner. Wendell Berry reconsiders the Agrarians.

Other contributors include Hal Crowther, Tom Piazza, Greg Smith, Edouard Glissant, John Shelton Reed, and more.


ARGUMENT

A Man in Fulton County
Atlant's reaction to Tom Wolfe's new novel.
By John Shelton Reed

FAMILY SCENES

My Grandfather's Finger
One family's unusual heirmloom.
By Edward Swift

ARGUMENT

Letter From Sister: What We Learned at the P.O.
On Eudora Welty's poor (fictional) relations. 
By Tony Early

SOUTHERN ART

Divine Visions
By Darcey Steinke

SPORTS/FISHING

For the Love of Mullet
Why this "trash fish" has become a cause célèbre along the Gulf Coast.
By Diane Roberts

SOUTHERN GALLERY

An interview with Jimmy Carter

SHORT STORY

Young Nuclear Physicist
A Southern Gentleman looks for love in New York.
By Walker Percy

TRAVEL

An Interesting Trip by Shelby Foote
My Actual Hero by Nancy Lemann
The Gift-Giver by Patrick Samway, S.J.

RECONSIDERATIONS

In Black and White
Should black readers give Faulkner a second chance?
By Edouard Glissant

What Is It Like To Be a Genuis? Is It Cool or Hard?
On the mathematician John Nash, game theory, and West Virginia.
By Greg Williamson

SHORT STORY

Mr. Puniverse
May the force of desire be with you.
By Wendy Brenner

SCIENCE

The Body Farm
It's not your averag laboratory.
By Greg Smith

RECONSIDERATIONS

Still Standing
Why the prophecies of the Agrarians should not have been ignored.
By
Wendell Berry

SOUTHERN ART

The Literate Art of William Christenberry
By Randall Curb

CUISINE

Living (and Dining) in the Nu South
By John T. Edge

MUSIC

How To Survive the New Year
By Tom Piazza

BOOKS

O Reality! A Year in Southern Verse
By John J. Sullivan

Plugged Into the Mythic Past
By Anthony Walton

COLUMNS

Dealer's Choice
By Hal Crowther

Gone Off Up North
By Roy Blount Jr. 


Cover: By Evelyn Hofer