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Flannery O’Connor reading “A Good Man is Hard to Find”

30 Apr

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“Place does endow.” Eudora Welty and Walker Percy (and William Buckley) on the Southern Imagination, y’all

28 Apr

… men are endlessly curious about any cradle of genius.

 

 

The whole interview, which is well worth your time, is available various non-free places, including Amazon Prime.

Gore Vidal and Eudora Welty in conversation

26 Apr

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where the stories come from

6 Aug

reddirtroad

 

 

We all have that core, that place, from which the stories and poems arrive. Our portable triggering town. It’s a place no GPS can track because it’s wherever we are. Ours is this: a red dirt road, our wrecked suspensions riding the ruts of the rainstorm’s aftermath.

What is yours?

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Found in the rural South today: a sign.

1 Aug

breathedeeply

“It’s easy to forget, or to not know in the first place”: Sam Stephenson’s wonderful Southern Holiday

6 Feb

“It’s easy to forget, or to not know in the first place (unless you read Faulkner and Welty), how vital and complicated these small Southern towns once were. Joseph Mitchell grew up in Fairmont, North Carolina, a town of three thousand people just across the border, and later he became the bard of back-alley New York City. In an interview late in his life with the Raleigh News & Observer, he compared the Fairmont of his youth to New York’s bustling wharfs and waterfront docks: each contained multitudes. Both are now long gone.”

— Sam Stephenson, Southern Holiday Part 1, in the Paris Review

(You need to read the whole piece. Really.)

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