Issue 60, Spring 2008

Issue 60, Spring 2008

The Home Issue

“The architect Louis Kahn once said that even a brick aspires to be a part of something greater than itself, and the idea is a nice one if you appreciate the transcendental power of architecture, how a building can tap into the sublime.” — Paul Reyes, “Death of a Building”

Sarah M. Broom visits her childhood home. Chris Bachelder navigates real estate. Keith Pandolfi explains Gaston Callum’s mission to resurrect old homes through photos.

Fiction by Jack Pendarvis and Michael Knight. Other contributors include Karen Russell, Stella M. Čapek, Jeff Baker, William Caverlee, Kate Sweeney, and more.


Columns & Departments

Editor’s Box
by Marc Smirnoff

Publisher’s Note
by Warwick Sabin

Gone Off Up North
by Roy Blount, Jr.
Where exactly is home?

Dealer’s Choice
by Hal Crowther
House-worship and economic cannibalism created the foreclosure crisis.

The Outdoors
by Allison Wallace
A passion for dogwoods.

Local Fare
by John T. Edge
Holding onto the past through pickling and canning.

Ode
by Wright Thompson
Romancing a saloon.

Ode
by Mike Powell
Domestic turmoil for undergrads.

Meditations
by Dolores Alfieri
Far from family.

Travel
by Karen Russell
A castle for an unrequited love.

Essay
by Dana Shavin
Less is more in a house built by a one-armed man.

Essay
by Vivé Griffith
Perched above the superhighway.

Field Notes
by Paul Reyes
A house burns down, but lives on.

The Outdoors
by Kate Sweeney
Resting in peace-eco style-in S.C.

The Moviegoer
by William Caverlee
The lost splendor of a movie palace.

Writing on Writing
by Jeff Baker
The agony and the ecstasy.

Family Life
by Stella M. Capek
The fruit of a mother and daughter relationship.

Report
by Richard Schweid
In some parts of Nashville kids are living in motels—if they’re lucky.

Southerner Abroad
by Michael Donohue
Self-imposed exile in China.

Southern Scenes
“Marilyn & Paul McAninch” by Mallie Vena McAninch


Features

A YELLOW HOUSE IN NEW ORLEANS
by Sarah M. Broom
Revisiting an unloved childhood home.

BEYOND NOSTALGIA
by Various Architects
A state-by-state tour of the most spectacular modern residences in the South.

A SELLER’S NOTES
by Chris Bachelder
Selling your home means turning your life inside out.

AMONG THE RUINS: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF GASTON CALLUM
by Keith Pandolfi
Can a camera rescue historic structures from oblivion?

THIS BED-AND-BREAKFAST COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE
a story by Jack Pendarvis
Hiding out from a jealous husband.

GRAND OLD PARTY
a story by Michael Knight
Sex, lies, and Republicans.


Poetry

Arkansas Blacks
by Greg Brownderville

Lay
by Ann Fisher-Wirth

Fork
by John Poch


Cover: “Time Out” by Julie Blackmon