Issue 30, November / December 1999
Winter Reading Issue
“OA Editorial House Rule 2B dictates that every issue we hand off must be superior to the previous one.” — “Editor’s Box”
Essays by Lewis Nordan and Donna Tartt. Fiction by Wendy Brenner, William Gay, and Tony Earley. Poetry by Kate Daniels.
Other contributors include John T. Edge, Hal Crowther, P. Revess, John Jeremiah Sullivan, and Tom Piazza.
WELCOME TO ITTA BENA, LITTLE LADY!
A young boy is captivated by his father’s unforgettable ex-girlfriend.
by Lewis Nordan
SPIRITUALITY IN THE MODERN NOVEL
A writer takes a look at faith against the backdrop of a secular literary tradition.
by Donna Tartt
Bomb threats, illness, a warped relationship—what does it take for a woman to become aware?
by Wendy Brenner
A Christmas surprise turns into a childhood discovery.
by Tony Earley
MY HAND IS JUST FINE WHERE IT IS
On a trip to Nashville, two lovers are forced to face a situation beyond their control.
by William Gay
COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS
GONE OFF UP NORTH
Ever hear the story of Faulkner's barefooted tennis game?
by Roy Blount Jr.
THE LAST SOUTHERN HERO
Frank Johnson was Jim Crow's most powerful natural enemy.
by Hal Crowther
A ROOM OF OUR OWN
by John T. Edge
by P. Revess
FAITH & DOUBT
In Contemporary Southern Photography
“OH, I KNOW WHO YOU ARE. YOU’RE WILLIAM FALKNER. YOU LOOK JUST LIKE YOUR PICTURES.”
by Donald Kartiganer
A NATIVE SON’S SECRET LIFE
by Anthony Walton
COMMON, ALL TOO COMMON
by John Jeremiah Sullivan
WHAT’S OLD IS ALWAYS NEW AGAIN
by Tom Piazza
THE BLIND SERPENT HANDLER, 1987
Photograph by Shelby Lee Adams
Autobiography of a White Girl Raised in the South
by Kate Daniels
On the cover: “Anna as Chinese Princess. Sumner, Mississippi. 1997.” by Maude Schuyler Clay