Issue 70, Fall 2010

Issue 70, Fall 2010

The Future Issue

“The only thing that is certain is that the future of the South depends on a crazy idea that no one has come up with yet. Or maybe they already have and we just don’t know it.” — Publisher’s Note

Essays, reportage, comics, fiction, and poetry that strive to answer the question: What’s next for the South?

Contributors include Anne Gisleson, Hal Crowther, Michael Parker, Alex V. Cook, Timothy Ferris, Bill Belleville, Matthew Pitt, Kevin Brockmeier, Susan Straight, Wendy Brenner, Megan Mayhew Bergman, and others.


Columns & Departments

Editor’s Box
by Marc Smirnoff

South Toward Home
A MESSAGE FROM THE DESERT
by Warwick Sabin

I Don’t Hate It!
LARRY KING AND LADY GAGA ARE THE SAME!
by Jack Pendarvis

Dealer’s Choice
BEYOND THE HORIZON
by Hal Crowther

Local Fare
OUR LADY OF BUFORD HIGHWAY
by John T. Edge

Culture
I’M WITH STUPID
by Michael Parker

Travel
A NEW COLONIAL AGE
by Robert Zimmerman

Architecture
SUPER DOME
by Alex V. Cook

Politics
AN EXPERIMENT IN REASON
by Timothy Ferris

Towns & Cities
THE MALAISE OF SPRAWL
by Bill Belleville

After the Storm
MAGICAL MADNESS
by Matthew Pitt

Literature
WALKER PERCY’S DREAD LATTER DAYS
by William Caverlee

Listings
TEN GREAT NOVELS OF THE APOCALPSYE
by Kevin Brockmeier

After the Storm
RISE OFF YOUR KNEES, NEW ORLEANS
by Anne Gisleson

Race
ADAPTATION
by Solon Timothy Woodward

Southern Scenes
photograph by Adam Ekberg / commentary by Pico Iyer

Life 2050
A selection of original comics by various artists


Features

BIG WOOD
by Andrew Furman
Celebrating the Southern live oak—wherever you can find it.

BOUNDARY MAKERS
by Philip Sasser
Measuring the land while glimpsing its destruction.


Poetry

DIVING LESSON
by Kitty Forbes

APRIL & THE AFFRONT OF SPRING
by Kathy Davis

GENEALOGY
by Caki Wilkinson

POETRY
by David Lunde


The Future of Fiction: Visions from 2050

WARGASM
by Patty Houston

NATIONAL ANTHEM
by Victor LaValle

THE LAST REHAB
by Wendy Brenner

TWENTY HEARTS A DAY
by James Whorton, Jr.

THE VICINITY OF THE SICK
by M.O. Walsh

DO NOT ENTER THE MEMORY
by Connie May Fowler

THE AGE OF HAPPINESS
by Nicholas Rombes

MAROON
by Susan Straight

DESIGNER EMOTION
by Charles Yu

VIRAL FREE-FLOATING CRITICAL COMMENTARY
by Michael Martone

THE ARTIFICIAL HEART
by Megan Mayhew Bergman


Cover: “Schnecksville” (2005) by Greg Miller