“It’s Not All Hard Candy and Horse Shit”: Christmas in Cat Square

Meat with holiday display paper. Photo by Aaron Canipe.

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“It’s Not All Hard Candy and Horse Shit”: Christmas in Cat Square

by Aaron Canipe
Southern Cultures, Vol. 22, No. 1: Documentary Arts

“The camera became my excuse to talk to the beauty queens, fine artists, musicians, rebels, angels, and street preachers of my community.”

Inside the Cat Square Superette, above the meat counter, under the garish fluorescent lights and a watercolor painting of the store, a plaque lists four decades of Cat Square mayors. Among them is my great uncle Harold Canipe, who owns and operates the Superette and who served as the Mayor of Cat Square in 2008. Each year, the mayoral election is held at a makeshift poll set up in the Superette days before the annual Christmas parade, as the unofficial title comes with the duty of leading that gathering.

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