“It wasn’t that tarted-up, camera-ready, one-layer-of-whole-pecans-on-the-top type of thing. It was ‘right,’ though, owing to the lateness of the hour, no one troubled to define ‘right.’” Lolis Eric Elie, “Ode to Pecan Pie”
Odes by Ander Monson, Lolis Eric Elie, Marion Field, Susannah Felts, Emily Raboteau, Lauren Groff, and more. Fiction by George Singleton, Lincoln Michel, and Rebecca T. Godwin.
Other contributors include Wendy Brenner, Thomas Swick, William Caverlee, Leigh Ann Henion, and more.
by Marc Smirnoff
MY CHEESY PASSION
by John T. Edge
A food writer reflects on his evolving taste for Southern cheese.
by Beth Ann Fennelly
An email friendship devoted to culinary delights.
IN YOUR LANGUAGE
by Kim Sunée
After traveling the world, a food writer comes home to an Alabama market.
THE WORKING MAN’S RACE
by Leigh Ann Henion
In North Carolina, some lawn mowers are leaving stock cars in the dust.
IS THE ENVIRONMENT CROAKING? (IS ANYONE LISTENING?)
by Lyn Miller
On the ground, ears open, with one of Florida’s leading ecologists.
OUR SIDE OF PARADISE
by Kimberly Meyer
The quest for eternal youth leads to Florida.
I LOVE YOU IN TWELVE LANGUAGES
by Wendy Brenner
Sex, letters, and cassette tapes—remembering the one that got away.
A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT
by William Caverlee
Eudora Welty’s antic depiction of young love in the Mississippi woods.
Writing on Writing
by Thomas Swick
A dream career—as a travel writer and editor—goes bust in the economic downturn.
HOME FROM THE HILLS
by Hal Crowther
It’s time to fight the destruction of nature underway in Appalachia.
by Billy Collins
SMALL UGLY GOD
by Eric Nelson
A MAN WITH MY NUMBER
a story by George Singleton
One scam artist meets another.
THE DEER OF VIRGINIA
a story by Lincoln Michel
So many days seem to end this way.
THE LONG WEEKEND
a story by Rebecca T. Godwin
In the wake of the Kennedy assassination.
Daisy Dodge welcomes you Home
Alan Grant hits the Highway
Ander Monson plays Disc Golf
Sarah A. Strickley loves a Toy Store
Lauren Groff learns to love a Duckpond
Joni Tevis watches a Demo Derby
Lolis Eric Elie eats a Pecan Pie
Keith Pandolfi recalls The Last Gentleman
Emily Raboteau encounters a Civil Rights Heroine
Mark Winegardner raises a Toast
Andrew Hood relives his Phobia
Sam Eifling profiles a great Bull Rider
Michael Gills escapes to a Beach
Matthew Vollmer partakes of an Ice-Cream Parlor
Michael Parker admires Merry Clayton
Sean Rowe restores a Farmhouse
David Taylor meets an Outsider Artist
Wright Thompson attends a BBQ Funeral
Matthew Pitt perfects a Scream
Marion Field slips into a Perfect Coat
Brandon Reynolds salutes the potency of Meat-Juice
Susannah Felts falls for Waterskiing
Cover photograph by Charity de Meer