“The poetic, as I am so elastically and ethereally defining and redefining it, needs an almost surreal sense of liberty, a comfort with its own illogic.” — William Bowers
Essays by William Bowers, Padgett Powell, and Sam Anderson. Mark Schone digs in to New York Times–bestseller J.H. “Jim” Hatfield’s fabricated life. Photography by Adam Shemper. Poetry by C.I.M. Jones and R.T. Smith.
Other contributors include Hal Crowther, David Ramsey, Katy Vine, Paul Reyes, Lauren Wilcox, and more.
by Marc Smirnoff
NEWS FROM THE FRONT
South Carolina’s forbidden art; hijinks in the Texas Legislature; an artist’s glowing homage to Eudora Welty
Sense of Place
photographs by Adam Shemper
BUCKING THE TREND
by John T. Edge
by Sam Anderson
MALADY OF THE QUOTIDIAN
by William Bowers
Drive-By Truckers, Prefuse 73, Dwight Yoakam, and more.
Rick Bragg’s idea of a good book; a reissue of a 1909 novel and the Orange Prize winner reviewed; Newt Gingrich rewrites history.
Gone Off Up North
PEANUTS, MAMA, AND ROBERT E. LEE
by Roy Blount, Jr.
THE THREE GRACES
by Hal Crowther
photograph by Adam Shemper
ANDALUSIA IS OPEN
Descending on Flannery O’Connor’s farm, where visitors are sometimes welcome.
by Padgett Powell
How deed did Jim Hatfield’s self-deception run? The lonely criminal behind the presidential scandal-that-wasn’t.
by Mark Schone
THE GOLDEN ERA OF HEARTBREAK
When love fails, you might have to depend upon the cruelty of strangers.
a story by Michael Parker
THE LATIN FOR CICADA
by C.I.M. Jones
by R.T. Smith
Cover photograph by Debbie Fleming Caffrey