Is that Scarlett in the sky? Can one man’s search raise the dead? Is it true a single photographer snapped 40,000 shots? Is MLK’s southern dream still alive? What do college kids think about southern literature? Did someone make biscuits?
"Lynching and mayhem are not the only dimensions of southern history worth preserving."
"In 1965 Braniff introduced the 'air strip,' in which a flight attendant disrobed bit-by-bit during the flight. Delta preferred coquetry to crudity."
"In the 1913 South the novelty of a white jury convicting a white man largely on the word of a black man was enormous. Yet even so, it was only in the trial's aftermath that the deeper and more volatile issues came to the fore."
"I had to stop. It wasn't funny, and the bravura failed to lift any literary hearts. In this reading in this place, these words, whatever I might think about their literary merits, described white men on horseback with dogs hunting a defenseless black man on foot."
"Someone, sometime / must have made biscuits. . ."
"There are times when you come upon a scene and everything is right. It tells a story. It has a center of interest. It has emotion. It has people in it who are beautiful people--and I don't mean Hollywood beautiful."
"Southern culture, properly considered, actually more or less rules the world."
University of Georgia Press, 2004
NewSouth Books, 2004
University of North Carolina Press, 2004