Issue 26, Spring 1999

Issue 26, Spring 1999

Double Issue on Southern Women

“The metaphysical inhabiting of another soul, of another gender, and of such an alien order to herself, the artist…Beyond mere empathy…these acts of art were simply genius.” — Barry Hannah on Eudora Welty

Featuring Donna Tartt, Bobbie Ann Mason, Nanci Kincaid, and Cynthia Shearer. Jonathan Van Meter goes looking for Oprah. Poetry by Memye Curtis Tucker, Katherine Soniat, and A.E. Stallings.

Other contributors include Chris Offutt, Wendy Brenner, Lorian Hemingway, Elizabeth Cox, Janice Daugharty, and more.


REPORT

Looking for Oprah
by Jonathan Van Meter

SOUTHERN WOMEN WE LOVE

"Ashley Judd and Her Attitude" by Chris Offutt
"Shannon Ravenel" by Larry Brown
"Emmylou Harris" by Steve Earle
"Eudora Welty" by Barry Hannah
"MaVyne Betsch" by Russ Rymer
"Chelsea Clinton" by Paul Zabynski

HUMOR

Wine of the Week
by Wendy Brenner

Sheroes
by Jeff Baker

FAMILY

The Mystery of my Grandmother's Mind
by Bobbie Ann Mason

Other People's Children
by Adam Shemper

The Gospel According to Freda
by Lorian Hemingway

ESSAY

How I learned I Was Southern
by Nancy Kincaid

Baby
by Vicki Covington

Warpaint and Orchids
by Blanche McCrary Boyd

Ode to Crones
by Elizabeth Cox

Ulysses Sails Into Port
by Amy Blackmarr

SHORT STORY

Still Life With Shotgun and Oranges
by Cynthia Shearer

Once Upon a Summer
by Janice Daugharty

But You Can't Blame Everything on a Baby
by A. Manette Ansay

POETRY

Moving Sale
by A. E. Stallings

Alluvial
by Katherine Soniat

Posing for Degas
by Memye Curtis Tucker

RECONSIDERATIONS

Finding Southern Comfort
by Valerie Boyd

SOUTHERN GALLERY

The Lady Chablis
by Joel Stein

Sally Mann
by Maude Schuyler Clay

PHOTO ESSAY

Southern Women

FASHION

Rummaging for Peace
by Shannon Magness

ANALYSIS

The Belle and the Lady
by Donna Tartt

BOOK REVIEW

Outside, Looking In
by Florence King

CUISINE

A Taste of Hell
by John T. Edge

MUSIC

Trust the Song
by Tom Piazza

COLUMNS

Waving Not Drowning
FOOLS FOR LOVE
by Julia Reed

Dealer's Choice
AIN'T NO SUNSHINE WHEN SHE'S GONE
by Hal Crowther

Gone Off Up North
TRUE LIT
by Roy Blount Jr.

SOUTHERN SCENES

Alice, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
Photograph by Debbie Fleming Caffrey


On the Cover: "Dream" (1990), by Karekin Goekjian