Issue 43, January / February 2003

Issue 43, January / February 2003

“[T]here is also, in proportion to its best use, something criminal and indecent about the camera; and there is a great load of guilt on the eye that eats what it has predigested.” — James Agee in “America, Look at Your Shame”

Featuring a previously unpublished essay by James Agee. Other essays by Charles Portis, Joy Williams, Will Blythe, and William Bowers. Poetry by James Applewhite and Charles Simic.

Other contributors include John T. Edge, Hal Crowther, Roy Blount Jr., and Mark Schone.


Columns & Departments

From the Publisher
by Russ McDonough III

Editor's Box
by Mark Smirnoff

Sense of Place
BLANCH, NORTH CAROLINA
photograph by Carlos Gustavo

THE FRONT
Vessels of worship in Daytona Beach; the case against “white trash”; truth in nutria advertising; and more.

Local Fare
THE GATHERING PLACE
by John T. Edge

Sketchbook
THE NATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
by Mike Caplanis

Meditations
PARADISE RUINED
by Joy Williams

In Georgia
THE ADVOCATE
by Ceiridwen Terrill

Travel
MOTEL LIFE, LOWER REACHES
by Charles Portis

Criticism
UNCLE REMUS IS DEAD, LONG LIVE UNCLE REMUS
by Mark Schone

MATERIAL READING
The best in books and letters.

In Paperback
MISSISSIPPI TURNING 
by Marc Smirnoff

FINE PRINT
James Twitchell’s Living It Up; Huston Curtiss’s Sins of the Seventh Sister

MUSIC NOTES
Will Blythe on Jim Dickinson
Annie Wedekind on Gene Vincent

Dealer's Choice
LISTENING TO THE LAND
by Hal Crowther

Gone Off Up North
THE WORM BUBBLE
by Roy Blount

Southern Scenes
BLANCH, NORTH CAROLINA
photograph by Carlos Gustavo


Features

AMERICA, LOOK AT YOUR SHAME!
A previously unpublished essay on race relations in WWII America.
by James Agee

ALL WE READ IS FREAKS
and other literary criticism from today’s collegians.
by William Bowers

A WORK IN PROGRESS
Appalachian Lives
photographs by Shelby Lee Adams

THE FAVORS OF MEN
There were advantages to be had, and taken, on the creekbank.
a story by Wells Tower


Poetry

INDEPENDENCE DAY
by Charles Simic

AZALEAS BY BIRDBATH
by James Applewhite

AT SUNSET and AFTER
by Louis Bourgeois

MAKING UP THE DEAD
by Walter Griffin


Cover: Photograph by Ken West