Issue 31, January / February 2000

Issue 31, January / February 2000


“Nature and humankind, the two forces shape each other. This is not to say that humanity and nature are separate. There are still around us examples, stories of how two things can be both separate yet connected.” — Rick Bass, “A Fire That Never Goes Out”

Featuring A Painted House: Part One by John Grisham. Essay by Anthony Walton and fiction by Nicola Mason. Interviews with Toni Murden and John Howard. Poetry by Billy Collins and Michael Chitwood.

Other contributors include Vicki Covington, Barry Gifford, Diane Roberts, and more.


Features

A PAINTED HOUSE, Part 1
by John Grisham
The world of a seven-year-old boy growing up in the Arkansas Delta changes with the arrival of the new workers on his family’s cotton farm

AN AMERICAN JOURNEY CONTINUES: REMARKS AT OLE MISS
by Anthony Walton
Thirty-seven years after James Meredith integrated Ole Miss, a black writer addresses the university’s honor students

THE BAD SEED: A GUIDE 
a story by Nicola Mason
A cautionary tale for women who always fall for the wrong men


Columns & Depatments

Local Fare
THE WELCOME TABLE
by John T. Edge
Civil Rights heroine Georgia Gilmore brought Montgomery together through her cooking

Southern Gallery
Q & A with Toni Murden
A Kentucky woman who rowed solo across the Atlantic speaks from Guadeloupe after landing

Southern Gallery
Q & A with John Howard
The author of Men Like That: A Southern Queer History discusses his work

Sojourns
THE LURE OF THE MERMAIDS 
by Diane Roberts
Florida’s original tourist attractions make the most of the state’s natural resources—women and water

Lost Classics
THE BLOND, THE GUN, THE HEIST 
by Barry Gifford
Resurrecting the 1953 pulp fiction masterpiece of Mississippian Elliott Chaze

Natural History
A FIRE THAT NEVER GOES OUT 
by Rick Bass
The unique history of a Mississippi ghost town is remembered

Southern Music
SOUTH OF THE SOUTH 
by Tom Piazza
A documentary and dozens of new albums put Cuban music in the spotlight

Dealer’s Choice
THE FAMILY OF MAN
by Hal Crowther
We're all close kin to Klansmen and cannibals

Meditations for Bad Girls
WOMEN I KISSED
by Vicki Covington

Gone Off Up North
TOE-TO-TOE WITH THE MARBLE MAN
by Roy Blount Jr.

Comics
TRANSPORTITUTION
by P. Revess


Poetry

REVIVAL
by Michael Chitwood

DEATH IN NEW ORLEANS, A ROMANCE
by Billy Collins


Cover photograph: “Black Oak, Arkansas. 1999.” by Adam Shemper