Issue 25, January / February 1999
“You have to keep going to the original source.” — Nancy Lemann in “My Actual Hero”
Never-before seen work by Walker Percy. An interview with President Jimmy Carter. Tony Early on Eudora Welty’s poor (fictional) relations. Fiction by Walker Percy and Wendy Brenner. Wendell Berry reconsiders the Agrarians.
Other contributors include Hal Crowther, Tom Piazza, Greg Smith, Edouard Glissant, John Shelton Reed, and more.
A MAN IN FULTON COUNTY
Atlanta's reaction to Tom Wolfe's new novel.
by John Shelton Reed
MY GRANDFATHER'S FINGER
One family's unusual heirmloom.
by Edward Swift
LETTER FROM SISTER: WHAT WE LEARNED AT THE P.O.
On Eudora Welty's poor (fictional) relations.
by Tony Earley
by Darcey Steinke
FOR THE LOVE OF MULLET
Why this "trash fish" has become a cause célèbre along the Gulf Coast.
by Diane Roberts
AN INTERVIEW WITH Jimmy Carter
YOUNG NUCLEAR PHYSICIST
A Southern Gentleman looks for love in New York.
by Walker Percy
AN INTERESTING TRIP
by Shelby Foote
MY ACTUAL HERO
by Nancy Lemann
by Patrick Samway, S.J.
IN BLACK AND WHITE
Should black readers give Faulkner a second chance?
by Édouard Glissant
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A GENIUS? IS IT COOL OR HARD?
On the mathematician John Nash, game theory, and West Virginia.
by Greg Williamson
May the force of desire be with you.
by Wendy Brenner
THE BODY FARM
It's not your average laboratory.
by Greg Smith
Why the prophecies of the Agrarians should not have been ignored.
by Wendell Berry
LIVING (AND DINING) IN THE NU SOUTH
by John T. Edge
HOW TO SURVIVE THE NEW YEAR
by Tom Piazza
O REALITY! A YEAR IN SOUTHERN VERSE
by John J. Sullivan
PLUGGED INTO THE MYTHIC PAST
by Anthony Walton
by Hal Crowther
GONE OFF UP NORTH
by Roy Blount Jr.
Cover: By Evelyn Hofer