Issue 44, March / April 2003

Issue 44, March / April 2003


“The alligator’s glory days are over.... For a long time it seemed like the party would never end. The ancient gator was king of the swamp, and the entire world was swampland.” — Sam Anderson, “Our Own Monsters”

Essays by Lewis Nordan, Matt Dellinger, and Sam Anderson. John T. Edge investigates the culinary underground. Criticism by Adam Kirsch. Poetry by Laura Newbern and Benjamin Pryor.

Other contributors include Roy Blount Jr., Hal Crowther, Sarah Wilson, and more.


Columns & Departments

Editor's Box
by Marc Smirnoff

THE FRONT
Dispatches from around the South.

Sense of Place
HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
photogrpahs by Lucy Capehart

Local Fare
THE CULINARY UNDERGROUND
by John T. Edge

Family
BURNING LOVE
by Linda Sherbert

Art
VISIONS OF FINSTER
by Greg Bottoms

Recollections
MISS WELTY COMES TO TOWN
by Roger Mudd

Law
BETWEEN THE LINES
by Emily Bazelon

Criticism
A LONELY CRUSADE
by Adam Kirsch

FINE PRINT
George Patterson, Percival Everett, and John McManus reviewed.

MUSIC NOTES
Uncle Tupelo, Cat Power, Kenny Brown, Bonny ‘Prince’ Billy, Stephen Malkmus, and more.

Dealer's Choice
TWILIGHT OF THE DRAGONS?
by Hal Crowther

Gone Off Up North
CASTING WATERMELONS
by Roy Blount, Jr.

Southern Scenes
GUEYDAN, LOUISIANA
photgraph by Sarah Wilson


Features

GREYS IN FLIGHT
Dogs in the city usually don’t get into this kind of trouble.
a story by Lewis Nordan

HARDCORE TROUBADOURS
The Old Crow Medicine Show wants to rescue country music—if only Nashville will give them the chance.
by Matt Dellinger

OUR OWN MONSTERS
In a Louisiana swamp, a phobia two hundred million years in the making comes alive.
by Sam Anderson


Poetry

CENTRAL STATE
by Laura Newbern

SHEEP SLAUGHTER IN 75 SYLLABLES
by Benjamin Pryor


Cover: Photograph by Sarah Wilson