Issue 38, March / April 2001

Issue 38, March / April 2001


“[T]he speedy advance of technological wizardry, or the Web, is both dubious and vulnerable. It is now less of a secret that dot-com mergers and dot-com economics are not enough to satisfy the deeper cravings in our souls.” — “Editor’s Box”

Essays by John Jeremiah Sullivan, Susan Sontag, Cynthia Shearer, and Rebecca Bengel. Fiction by Andrea Lee and Aleda Shirley.

Other contributors include Marty Stuart, James Carlos Blake, Brad Watson, J.E. Pitts, and more.


FEATURES

Charmed Lives
By Thomas Swick
The making of a travel editor; a person whose work is vacationing

Postcards from the Fair
By Kevin Canty
Cakewalks, horse races, a midway—Neshoba County, Mississippi, might be heaven.

Far from the Madding Utopia
By Cynthia Shearer
The experimental commune of Rugby, Tennessee, lives on.

Good-bye Yellow Brick Road
By Rebecca Bengal
The Land of Oz park was a magical place atop a North Carolina mountain.

SHORT STORIES

Anthropology
By Andrea Lee
A young urbanite searches for her rural roots.

The Interior West
By Aleda Shirley
The Twilight Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico. . .could this be home?


DEPARTMENTS

LOCAL FARE

Paris Through Yam-Colored Glasses
By John T. Edge
Chez Haynes was once the heart of the black expatriate community in France.

TRAVELING DANGEROUSLY

From Zaire with Love
By Ken Wells
Dodging bullets and drinking beer with nuns.

HISTORY

The Hollow Men
By John Jeremiah Sullivan
Mysterious cave paintings in Tennessee.

FORUM

Favorite Destinations
Southern notables’ must-see recommendations.

ROAD TRIP

Truck Stop Heaven
By Marty Stuart
The Red Hot served the best coffee on the road.

Shortcut
By James Carlos Blake
He wanted to get to the girl quickly.

Take Off the Blindfold, My Friend. . . .
By Brad Watson
In search of the future with roadside physics.

NATURAL HISTORY

Puc Puggy in Xanadu
By Bill Belleville
Exploring Florida’s St. Johns River.

LOST CLASSICS

Homage to Halliburton
By Susan Sontag
The adventuring Southerner Richard Halliburton was a lasting literary influence.

The Last Great Traveler
By Evan S. Connell
On Halliburton’s Royal Road to Romance. 

PERIODICALS

An Editor at Large
By Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno
The Southern education of one of the founders of modernism.

BOOK VIEWS

Invisible Cities
By Michael Dirda
A real guide to some unreal places.

SOUTHERN MUSIC

Ebony Silhouette
By Tom Piazza
Afternoons with the late Milt Hinton.

COLUMNS

Dealer’s Choice
By Hal Crowther

Gone Off Up North
By Roy Blount Jr.

POETRY

Widow of the Flatlands
By J. E. Pitts

Cape Cod Evening, 1939
By Claude Wilkinson

Letters from John Hardin to Miss Ara Boggs
By Miles Garett Watson


Cover photo by Anthony Gordon. Model: Martina Gordon (NY Models)