Issue 61, Summer 2008

Issue 61, Summer 2008


Best of the South Vol. III

“The South usually provides the characters and plot, while Hollywood supplies the handsome actors and the bad accents.” — publisher’s note

Essays by Bronwen Dickey, Sam Stephenson, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Pia Z. Ehrhardt, and more. Odes by Kane Web, William Caverlee, Beth Ann Fennelly, Matt Baker, Sarah Roahen, and others.

Also includes a discussion of Southern filmmaking and a free compilation DVD.


Columns & Departments

Guest Editorial
NOTES ON THIS YEAR'S BEST OF THE SOUTH DVD 
By Derek Jenkins
A Southern variety show.

Publisher’s Note
THE CHANGING SCENE
By Warwick Sabin
Hollywood packs its bags.

Gone Off Up North
BEST MAN
By Roy Blount, Jr.
The blonde, the beast, and the Merian C. Cooper.

Dealer’s Choice
MASTER HISTORIAN
By Hal Crowther
John Hope Franklin’s clear and unapologetic view of African American History.

Southern Food
AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO JAILHOUSE CUISINE
By Sean Rowe
“Sleep late, lose weight” and other lessons from the pokey.

Writing on Writing
GENTLEMEN’S COMPANION
By St. John Frizell
The last of the literary bon vivants and his global quest for food, drink, and merriment.

Business
DAD JOINER’S DREAM
By Jeff P. Jones
How a con man struck it rich in East Texas.

Writers’ Pets
ANIMAL PASSION
By Gene Lyons
A man, a woman, and their rambunctious dog.

Travel
THE COLLECTOR OF THE EVERYDAY
By Sam Stephenson
A pilgrimage to Joseph Mitchell’s grave.

Books
THE PAINFUL EVOLUTION OF MODERN FOOTBALL
By John Jeremiah Sullivan
The paths of two extraordinary athletes intersect in two football books.

Drama
THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE PRETTY
By Steve Vineberg
Reconsidering Tennessee Williams’ underrated masterpiece “The Night of the Iguana.”

After the Storm
HOLDING ON
By Ada Liana Bidiuc
A student in New Orleans adapts to life in trailer housing.

Odes
SWIMMING NAKED
By Pia Z. Ehrhardt

Family History
SOUL CATCHERS
By Jessie Van Eerden
The spiritual misrepresentations of “documentary” photography.


Features

THE LAST WILD RIVER
By Bronwnen Dickey
Conservationists, locals, and thrill seekers are battling over the Chattooga River—and the daughter of the writer who made it famous wants to know why.

THE PENTECOSTAL HOME FOR FLYING CHILDREN
By Will Clarke
A second-string superhero lands in Louisiana and leaves behind an unusual legacy.

TOUCH TOUCH ME
By Stephen Marion
Does this bagger at the grocery store want more than a lifetime of getting fat?


Third Annual Best of the South Odes

Kane Webb: Nashville

William Caverlee: Pistol

Beth Ann Fennelly: Remedy

Matt Baker: Novel

Sara Roahen: Shrimp

Wright Thompson: Boots

Kevin Bouldin: Statue

Brad Land: Actor

Jay Jennings: Artist

Mark Winegardner: Driver

Katy Henriksen: Bookstore

Sam Eifling: Aquarium

Carol Spindel: Artifact

Sarah A. Strickley: Fireworks

Mary Miller: Daiquiris

Paul Reyes: Cathouse

Walton Muyumba: Writer

Doug Van Gundy: St. Porcine

Dan Stryk: Things I Own

P.T. Paul: Overflight

Mary Noble Ours: West Virginia

Bryan Leboeuf: Louisiana

John Firesheets: Opie

Tome Lea: Warship


Cover: Saverio Truglia