Vol. 12, No. 1: Spring 2006

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Vol. 12, No. 1: Spring 2006

In this issue, we take a ferry down to Sapelo Island, Georgia, with Mary Hussmann, visit the NASCAR racetrack with Lucas Marcoplos, and stroll through New Orleans with Sarah Wilkerson-Freeman and Perry Kasprzak—all before William R. Ferris and Harold Burson introduce us to William Faulkner.

Letters to the Editors: As Long as the Food Is Good

by Alma McClure Womack

"We even accept transplanted Yankees who have seen the light."

Front Porch: Spring 2006

by Harry L. Watson

"You can almost always start an argument about southern unity versus diversity."

Life-everlasting: Nature and Culture on Sapelo Island

by Mary Hussmann

"What was most moving was that it was here that the ghosts of the people we'd read about jumped out of history and into our lives."

Drafting Away from It All

by Lucas Marcoplos

"A dark secret hid itself under my overt appreciation for barbecue and bluegrass: I know next to nothing about NASCAR."

Fat Tuesday at Dixie’s

by Sarah Wilkerson-Freeman

"Robinson's photographs give us something of an antidote to the smearing and demonization of homosexuals sanctioned and encouraged by government officials for political gain. Before the assassination of a president, before the rise of the homophobic radical right, before AIDS and the crucifixion of Matthew Shepard, very southern gay men in a very southern place happily celebrated their identity and their community. Robinson's photographs capture a history that proudly exposes their liberty, individuality, fraternity, and, above all, their joy."

Harold Burson on interviewing Faulkner for the Memphis Commercial Appeal

by Harold Burson, William R. Ferris

"He'd go in his back woods and drink himself insensible with some of his sharecropper friends."

Best Novel Still Unwritten, Falkner Admits At Oxford

by Harold Burson

"Mr. Falkner quickly admitted he hasn't written his 'best novel,' that it is yet to come."

William Faulkner’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

by William Faulkner

"I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance."

“My People”

by James H. Clinton

"My people rolled over twice in a Pontiac one dark night, but survived. . ."

Interview with Julian Bond

by Julian Bond, Elizabeth Gritter

"We just said, 'Whoa, what was that?' and later saw this bullet hole."

Don Lee Keith Is Dead: A Student’s Acquaintance with a Maverick New Orleans Journalist

by Perry Kasprzak

"'Hi, my name is Don Lee Keith, and you don't know me, but you ought to.'"

Gather at the River: Notes from the Post-Millennial South, by Hal Crowther (review)

by John Shelton Reed

Louisiana State University Press, 2005

Robert E. Lee, by Roy Blount Jr. (review)

by J. Tracy Power

Viking Penguin, 2003

A Shattered Nation: The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy, 1861-1868, by Anne Sarah Rubin (review)

by Don H. Doyle

University of North Carolina Press, 2005

The Best Seats in the House, by Keith Lee Morris (review)

by Dave Shaw

University of Nevada Press, 2004