Issue 55, Winter 2006

Issue 55, Winter 2006


“In the South, barbecue is a civic religion. And a smoke-lacquered pig is a totem of shared faith.” — John T. Edge, “United by Pig”

Fiction by Jill McCorkle, Kevin Brockmeier, and Jack Pendarvis. Barry Hannah writes on the pleasures of teaching noir. Poetry by Jennifer Strange, Reynolds Dixon, and Greg Alan Brownderville.

Other contributors include Chris Bachelder, A. Scott, Roy Blount Jr., Ginny Jonson, and more.


Columns & Departments

Gone Off Up North
DEEP IN THE HEART OF IT
by Roy Blount, Jr.

Local Fare
HOLY SMOKE
by John T. Edge

DONALD HARRINGTON
The 2006 Oxford American Lifetime Award (for Contributions to Southern Literature)
with appreciations by Jack Butler, Molly Giles, Kevin Brockmeier, and Miller Williams

People
THE MAN OF A THOUSAND THRILLS 
by Kevin Conley

OA Comix
THE MOSQUITOES ATE UP MY SWEETHEART
by Bongoût

Writing on Writing
THE MULCHER
by Chris Bachelder

Sense of Place
THE UNITED NUWAUBIAN NATION OF MOORS
photo essay by A. Scott
Putnam County, Georgia, 2005

Politics
PARTY OF ONE
by John C. Williams

After the Storm
ROCKET MAN
by Ginny Johnson

Masterpieces
LUCINDA WILLIAMS’ CAR WHEELS ON A GRAVEL ROAD
by Sven Birkerts

Family
LAST DAYS
by Andrew Hudgins

Books
THE STRANGE CASE OF BRAD VICE
by Michelle Richmond

Stories
HOW FAR INTO GRIEF, DISASTER, OR HORROR?
by William Caverlee

Southern Scenes
WILLIAM STYRON, July 1960
Photograph by David Lees

 


Features

DARK HARVEST
by Barry Hannah
On the pleasures of teaching noir, an underdog genre.

TOLLBOOTH CONFIDENTIAL
a story by Jack Pendarvis
Doing bad stuff is as safe as flying in an airplane.

A FABLE WITH SLIPS OF WHITE PAPER SPILLING FROM THE POCKETS
a story by Kevin Brockmeier
The coat belonged to him now. It had changed him into someone he had never expected to be.

SURRENDER
a story by Jill McCorkle
This child was nothing like her son.


Poetry

Three Days After Easter, 1994
by Jennifer Strange

Penumbra
by Reynolds Dixon

Waking Up in Baghdad
by Greg Alan Brownderville


 Cover: “Branded Woman” by Glen Orbik. Originally published by  Hard Case Crime