Vol. 3, No. 2: Summer 1997

Vol. 3, No. 2: Summer 1997

Arts & Letters. In this issue, some of our favorite North Carolina writers offer cheers to the North Carolina Museum of Art’s fiftieth anniversary.

Front Porch: Summer 1997

by Harry L. Watson

"What happens when one person looks at the art of another?"

Rituals of Initiation and Rebellion: Adolescent Responses to Segregation in Southern Autobiography

by Melton McLaurin

"What can the autobiographies of black and white southerners coming of age in the segregated South tell us about race?"

The Store of Joys: Writers Celebrate the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Fiftieth Anniversary

by "North Carolina's writers respond with new fiction, poetry, and essays to works in the North Carolina Museum of Art collection." Editors

"North Carolina's writers respond with new fiction, poetry, and essays to works in the North Carolina Museum of Art collection."

The Country Child, When Overpraised

by Allan Gurganus

"In such heat, this mission sickened him. The killing had been simple, it felt country-necessary, country-right."

On Winslow Homer’s Weaning the Calf

by James Applewhite

"I feel it melt into a world where sun conceals its shade, and seasons pass."

The Resurrection of Christ

by David Sedaris

"Through Mrs. Kingman we learned to identify Rubens’s The Holy Family by telling ourselves the plump, satisfied Christ child was sleeping off the effects of a sandwich."

Thomas Hart Benton and the Thresholds of Expression

by Robert Morgan

"But perhaps the greatest discovery for me was the city of Raleigh itself."

The Goal of a Realist

by Doris Betts

"All the time I was growing up in Statesville, I never went to an art museum. There was none; the weekly art teacher in public schools contented herself with the color wheel and the hope of proportionate good likenesses."

“An Effort Toward Good Will and Good Wishes”: Folk Studies and Howard Odum’s Changing View of Race

by Lynn Moss Sanders

"Two friendships lead to an understanding of black culture and broaden a southern progressive's view of race."

“. . . choose this day whom you will serve . . .” —Joshua 24:15

by Peter A. Coclanis

Photo by Peter A. Coclanis

The Landscapes of Louis Rémy Mignot: A Southern Painter Abroad by Katherine E. Manthorne and John W. Coffey (Review)

by Peter H. Wood

Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996

Cleanth Brooks and the Rise of Modern Criticism by Mark Royden Winchell (Review)

by Michael Kreyling

University Press of Virginia, 1996

The Confederados: Old South Immigrants in Brazil edited by Cyrus B. Dawsey and James M. Dawsey (Review)

by John Charles Chasteen

University of Alabama Press, 1995

Slavery in North Carolina, 1748-1775 by Marvin L. Michael Kay and Lorin Lee Cary (Review)

by Timothy J. Lockley

University of North Carolina Press, 1995

The Times Were Strange and Stirring: Methodist Preachers and the Crisis of Emancipation by Reginald F. Hildebrand (Review)

by Joseph M. Flora

Duke University Press, 1995

Seasoned by Salt: A Historical Album of the Outer Banks by Rodney Barfield (Review)

by Loyd Little

University of North Carolina Press, 1996

Passionate Visions of the American South: Self-Taught Artists from 1940 the Present, and exhibit curated and a catalog edited by Alice Rae Yelen (Review)

by Anne L. McClanan

New Orleans Museum of Art, 1993


by John Shelton Reed

"Although the southern mother doesn't have the national fame of her Jewish counterpart, she has been celebrated locally in novels, verse, folklore, and song."

“Make Heaven’s Portals Ring”: Shape-Note Singing

by Gavin James Campbell

"By the last tune, singers have indeed made 'heaven's portals ring.'"

“A Country Boy Can Survive”: Confessions of an Ex-Shitkicker

by Patrick Huber

"There, I'd gulp down icy Stag drafts, shoot a few games of eight-ball, and occasionally eat a pickled egg or two with old high school friends."