Issue 39, May / June 2001

“One of the main reasons I married my ex-husband was because he promised I could raise some chickens. Now, in hindsight, I know that marrying only for the promise of chickens is the wrong reason to get married. But I was young and impressionable.” — Chela Gutierrez, “Prissy”

Previously unpublished fiction by James Dickey. Features by Tessa DeCarlo and Luke Dittrich. Robert Ashford Little remembers his next-door neighbor, William Faulkner. Poetry by Forrest Gander, Michael McFee, and Ron Rash.

Other contribuors include Diane Roberts, Lem Coley, John T. Edge, John Simpkins, and more.




“The Innocent Negro”
The controversial world of outsider art.
By Tessa DeCarlo


Pageants Are My Life
A trip into the strange heart of child beauty pageants.
By Luke Dittrich


Short Story


The Eye of the Fire
A previously unpublished story by the author of Deliverance.
By James Dickey





Local Fare


An Untidy Pilgrimage
The extravagant adventures of the neglected food writer Eugene Walter.
By John T. Edge




Man’s New Best Friend?
A North Carolina couple wants to donate tiny horses to the blind. Is this a good idea?
By Andrea Cooper




Behind These City Walls
There are mysteries constructed into the very buildings of Washington, DC.
By Diane Roberts


A Southern Abroad


Space Invaders
A black American explores the murky racial boundaries of South Africa.
By John Simpkins


Animal Life


The thrill and savagery of chicken farming.
By Chela Gutierrez




Stand and Deliver
Friends and colleagues remember James Dickey (1923–1997)


Oral History


Growing Up with Mr. Faulkner
Remembering life next door to a Nobel Prize-winner
Robert Ashford Little as told to T.E. Simmons




Straight, No Chaser
The unsettling power of Southern Comfort.
By Stewart O’Nan


Book Views


The Conflict Within Ourselves
A Recent biography of Allen Tate chronicles the Fugitive poet’s inner quarrels.
By Lem Coley


Southern Music


Sweetening the Lemon
A new collection polishes the tunes of bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson.
By Tom Piazza




Meditations for Bad Girls
By Vicki Covington


Dealer’s Choice
By Hal Crowther


Gone Off Up North
By Roy Blount Jr.




To Virginia
By Forrest Gander


By Michael McFee


The Request
By Ron Rash


Cover: (Left to right) Ensign Charles W. Miller, LTJG. Henry H. Dearing, and LTJG. Bus Alber walking toward their planes on board the USS SARATOGA for the Rabaul raid, 1943. Photo from the National Archives.