Issue 82, Fall 2013

Issue 82, Fall 2013


“[Agee] seeks complication in every sense—from the incongruous ‘Design’ of his book to the gritted convolution of his sentences. He’s damning by excess, and constantly purging it. His eye for beauty turns his stomach.” — Leslie Jamison reflects on Let us Now Praise Famous Men, by James Agee

Alex Mar investigates a convent; Pia Z. Ehrhardt remembers the owls on Solomon Place; William Giraldi spends a few days with Allan Gurganus.

Plus: fiction by Thomas Pierce and George Singleton. Additional essays by Diane Roberts, Wendy Brenner, David Means, James Seay, and others.


Points South

Diane Roberts on tribalism and football

Wendy Brenner falls for a magnificent love letter

Fatherhood: Three, by David Means

The Bootlegger and the Baby, by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly

Brian Boyles visits the wolves of Angola

Rendezvous at the Trist, by Anne Gisleson

Jeff Winkler goes hunting for humans

William Caverlee joins a circus

Balls of Fire, by Patrick Wensink

Stephanie Elizondo Griest on a death march

Build Me a School, by Susan Straight

Hal Crowther remembers Will Davis Campbell (1924-2013)

The Man on the Ladder, by Michael Patrick Welch

Local Fare: John T. Edge on the debts of pleasure


Features

THE RETURN OF ALLAN GURGANUS
by William Giraldi

THE SECRET LIFE OF NUNS
by Alex Mar

THE OWLS OF SOLOMON PLACE
by Pia Z. Ehrhardt

MUDDLING
a story by George Singleton

THE WEIGHT OF A FEATHER
by James Seay

SOMETHING INSIDE OF US
by Holly Haworth

BOMBS FOR SALE
by Nathan C. Martin

DAVE EVANS AND THE BLUEGRASS PALACE
by Lee Johnson

WHY WE ATE MUD
by Thomas Pierce


Omnivore

MAKE IT SCREAM, MAKE IT BURN
On James Agee's Cotton Tenants
by Leslie Jamison

THE ADAPTATION
A new book about the greatest fan film ever made
by Theodore Ross

Cooking with Chris:
BAKED POSSUM
by Chris Offutt


Art by Tierney Gearon, Bryan Schutmaat, Tristan Spinski, Aaron Canipe, Kathleen Robbins, Eirik Johnson, Tom Young, Walton Ford, Susan Worsham, Holly Lynton, Alec Soth, Pete Muller, Dornith Doherty, Magdalena Solé , Henry Groskinsky, Zack Smith, Karl Bissinger, Harry Taylor, Lordan Bunch, Keith Carter, Rob Fischer, Coke Wisdom O'Neal, Patrick Madigan, Carlan Tapp, Peter Van Agtmael, Aubrey Edwards, Alexi Hobbs, Eleanor Davis, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Allison Schulnik 

Cover: "Untitled 2000" by Tierney Gearon