Issue 48, Winter 2005

Issue 48, Winter 2005

“Four years ago in April Christ appeared to me in a dream firmer than a dream. He was not radiant but nevertheless pronounced against a red-brown background of low mountains on the near horizon. A camera would have placed Him on the surface of Mars or in front of a quiet sandstorm in Jerusalem.” — Barry Hannah, “Christ in the Room”

Essays by Charles Portis, Barry Hannah, Wendy Brenner, Kevin Brockmeir, Gary Hawkins, Will Blythe, and more. Fiction by Carol Ann Fitzgerald, Michael Parker, and Judy Budnitz.

Other contributors include Roy Blount Jr., John. T. Edge, Paul Reyes, and more.


Columns & Departments

Editor’s Box
by Marc Smirnoff

MESSAGES FROM THE FRONT
Delivering the motley South to your doorstep!
with Paul Maliszewski, Emily Witt, Lawrence Wilson

OA Comix
SAMMY’S WORLD
by Kristin Gore (writer) and Ellen Forney (artist)

Gone Off Up North
WHERE’S THE BIG IDEA?
by Roy Blount, Jr.

Saying It
DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME
by Kaye Gibbons

Local Fare
PIGGLY WIGGLY AIN’T NO HOGGLY WOGGLY
by John T. Edge

The Future
CHANGE IN THE DELTA
by Matt Dellinger

Sense of Place
TRI-COUNTY FAIR—PETERSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA
photographs by Mary Noble Ours

The Moviegoer
LIFE STUDIES
by Gary Hawkins

Guest Music Column
THE WORST FORM OF IMITATION?
by Will Blythe

Writing on Writing
A KIND OF MYSTERY
by Kevin Brockmeier

Writing on Writing
THE WIND BLOWETH WHERE IT LISTETH
by Charles Portis

Dealer’s Choice
SON OF A PREACHER MAN
Marshall Frady (1940–2004)
by Hal Crowther

Books
FAULKNER AS RACIST
by Marc Smirnoff

Books
ST. CASSIUS
by Paul Reyes

Southern Reader
ROUGHHOUSING IN THE SOUTHERN LIBRARY
by J.B. Slogan

Southern Scenes
WALNUT GLEN, WEST VIRGINIA
Photo by Mary Noble Ours

Poetry
BRUCKER ALONE 
by Rob Griffith


Features

LOVE AND DEATH IN THE CAPE FEAR SERPENTARIUM
by Wendy Brenner
Some passions are more dangerous than others.

THE KINDEST CUT
a story by Judy Budnitz
A Civil War surgeon carves a place in one family’s history.

CHRIST IN THE ROOM
by Barry Hannah
The author’s life after seeing Jesus.

ARE YOU READY TO BE SEEN?
a story by Jennifer S. Davis
What should a frustrated writer do if his main competition is his best friend?

HIDDEN MEANINGS
a short story by Michael Parker
A college student turns in a no-holds-barred homework assignment.

KING VOLCANO
a short story by Carol Ann Fitzgerald
Intimate encounters on a Hawaiian island.


Cover: Photo by Mary Noble Ours