Issue 36, November / December 2000
“Irony is a secret pleasure.” — Hal Crowther, “Dealer’s Choice”
A Painted House by John Grisham, the finale. Essays by Frank Beacham and Marianne Gingher. Fiction Jean Ross Justice. Poetry by Claude Wilkinson and Ron Rash.
Other contributors include John T. Edge, Edward Larson, John Shelton Reed, Lauren Winner, Roy Blount Jr., Hal Crowther, and more.
A PAINTED HOUSE
As the floodwaters rise around the Chandlers’ farm, Luke finally tells his secrets—and learns that his life is about to change irrevocably. Conclusion.
by John Grisham
The dangers of interracial dancing in the 1950s South Carolina.
by Frank Beacham
A twice-wed woman discovers the treasure hidden in her past.
by Jean Ross Justice
MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN GRILL COOKS
The fascination of tough philosophers in aprons.
by John T. Edge
HORSES AND BOYS
A girlhood spent in the saddle.
by Marianne Gingher
The Scopes Trial Festival re-creates the carnival-like atmosphere of the trial of the century.
by Edward Larson
THE MAN FROM NEW ORLEANS
New biographies of an artist who worked magic in his silver designs.
by John Shelton Reed
The historical novels of James Boyd are worthy books in a maligned genre.
by Bruce Allen
WHO CAN FIND A VIRTUOUS WOMAN
The lost world of Southern Lady magazine.
by Lauren Winner
THE MYTH OF THE GREAT BEAR HUNT
What really happened during Theodore Roosevelt’s legendary weekend in Mississippi.
by Douglas Brinkley
GEORGIA ON HER MIND
A grandmother in love with her memories of the South.
by Jewell Parker Rhodes
WORLD GONE WRONG
Frank Hutchison’s blues speak to the ages.
by Tom Piazza
by Hal Crowther
GONE OFF UP NORTH
by Roy Blount Jr.
THE ENDURING NIGHT
by Claude Wilkinson
by Ron Rash
Cover photo by Marry Noble Ours. Courtesy of Hemphill Fine Arts