Issue 66, Fall 2009

Issue 66, Fall 2009

The Southern Lit Issue

“In the South, we digress, we festoon our sentences with subordinate clauses, flashbacks, qualifications, and semicolons galore, traveling down remote-yet-beautiful, twisting, dirt tracks scorned by more minimalist sensibilities.” — Diane Roberts, “Writing on Writing”

Features by Wendell Berry, Jack Pendarvis, Barb Johnson, and Alex Taylor. “Writing on Writing” by Diane Roberts, Rick Bragg, Maud Casey, Christina Enriquez and Moira Crone.

Other contributors include Bronwen Dickey, John Gould Fletcher, Anne Trubek, Jamie Quatro, Michael Griffith, and more.


Columns & Departments

Editor’s Box
by Marc Smirnoff

Publisher’s Note
by Warwick Sabin

I Don’t Hate It!
UP TO OUR WAISTS IN GRAVY
by Jack Pendarvis

Local Fare
OXFORD GOES GREEN
by John T. Edge

Writing on Writing
THE MUSE
by Rick Bragg

Writing on Writing
A LIFE IN BOOKS
by Maud Casey

Lifestory
LEAVING LOUISIANA
by Reggie Scott Young

Lit Crit
WHOM SHALL WE LOVE
by William Caverlee

Writing on Writing
NOTWRITING
by Diane Roberts

Writing on Writing
THE ART OF OPENING UP
by Moira Crone

Lit Crit
WHY TEACH FAULKNER?
by Graham Hillard

Lit Crit
MODERN CITY, MODERN WRITER
by Franklin Bruno

Writing on Writing
WHY WE LIKE DRAMA
by Graham Gordy

Travel
FADING FROM VIEW
by Anne Trubeck

Lit Crit
AMONG MUTINOUS HELIUM BURSTS AROUND SATURN
by Jamie Quatro

Lit Crit
BEAUTIFUL, DESIRABLE, AND DEAD
by Michael Griffith

THE PAST SOUTHERN ENEMY NUMBER ONE
by Bronwen Dickey

Writing on Writing
TAKING ON THE DEVIL
by Arthur Rickydoc Flowers

REFLECTION ASPHODELS
by Solon Timothy Woodward

Lit Crit
SEEING IS BELIEVING
by Richard H. King

Lit Crit
BEFORE THE SHOOTING STARTS
by Alan Grant

Writing on Writing
THE REJECTION FILES
by Cristina Henríquez

Dealer's Choice
DEEP GREENS AND BLUES
by Hal Crowther


Fiction Extravaganza 2009

PENITENTS UPON THE ROAD
a story by Alex Taylor

THE INVITATION
a story by Barb Johnson

A BURDEN
a story by Wendell Berry

THE ORPHANS' GARDENING AND EXISTENTIALISM CLUB OF BIBLICAL CADENCE, TENNESSEE
a story by Jack Pendarvis


Poetry Revue 2009

APOLOGIA FOR BEING A POET
by John Gould Fletcher

POETRY TEACHER
by Elizabeth Cox

DEEP TRASH
by Jeff Fallis

ITINERANT
by Caki Wilkinson

A PARABLE FOR MY STUDENTS
by Howard Bahr

SAVE ONE
by Eric Nelson 

DOWNTOWN
by Peter Cooley


The Best Southern Books Of All Time

Our poll of 134 scholars and writers on the greatest Southern novelsnonfiction and underrated books.


Cover photograph by  Blake Fitch