Issue 24, November / December 1998
“Whatever a soul is, I think literature does better than most ministers, priests, rabbis, or imams in creating a kind of stillness and watchfulness and attentiveness, and to me that is soulmaking.” — Will Blythe
An essay by Joy Williams. Photography by Adam Shepner and F.S. McKnight. An Interview with Will Blythe. Fiction by Ron Carlson. Michael Griffith on the Orangeburg Massacre.
Other contributors include John T. Edge, Chris Offutt, Tom Piazza, Sven Birkerts, and more.
SHOOTING GEORGE WALLACE
History or entertainment? The Wallace camp reacts to John Frankenheimer's Emmy Award–winning docudrama.
by Daniel Paul Simmons III
by Adam Shemper
PURE SOUTHERN WEDDINGNESS
Looking for an uncynical moment of bliss.
by David Updike
AN INTERVIEW WITH Will Blythe
UNCANNY THE SINGING THAT COMES FROM CERTAIN HUSKS
Why one writer writes
by Joy Williams
THE VILLAGE IN THE LAKE
by A. E. Stallings
JOSEPH BOLTON AN APPRECIATIVE DESPAIR
by Donald Justice
by Joseph Bolton
THE STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY OF F.S. McNight
THE ORDINARY SON
Growing up amid geniuses when you're not one.
by Ron Carlson
The Orangeburg Massacre remembered
by Michael Griffith
AN INTERVIEW WITH Jane Mullen
SMOKED & FRIED BY THE ROADSIDE
The town Calvin Trillin forgot.
by John T. Edge
THE ART OF THE DELTA BLUES
by Tom Piazza
A MELUNGEON GATHERING
Embracing ethnicity in Appalachia.
by Chris Offutt
FROM HER ROOTED PLACE
The secret voodoo of family life in Eudora Welty's fiction.
by Sven Birkerts
by Hal Crowther
WAVING NOT DROWNING
by Julia Reed
GONE OFF UP NORTH
by Roy Blount Jr.
Cover: "Grand Chenier, Louisiana, September 5, 1998" by Debbie Flmeing Caffery