Arts & Letters. In this issue, some of our favorite North Carolina writers offer cheers to the North Carolina Museum of Art’s fiftieth anniversary.
"What happens when one person looks at the art of another?"
"What can the autobiographies of black and white southerners coming of age in the segregated South tell us about race?"
"North Carolina's writers respond with new fiction, poetry, and essays to works in the North Carolina Museum of Art collection."
"In such heat, this mission sickened him. The killing had been simple, it felt country-necessary, country-right."
"I feel it melt into a world where sun conceals its shade, and seasons pass."
"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."
"But perhaps the greatest discovery for me was the city of Raleigh itself."
"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."
"Two friendships lead to an understanding of black culture and broaden a southern progressive's view of race."
Photo by Peter A. Coclanis
Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996
University Press of Virginia, 1996
University of Alabama Press, 1995
University of North Carolina Press, 1995
Duke University Press, 1995
University of North Carolina Press, 1996
New Orleans Museum of Art, 1993
"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."
"By the last tune, singers have indeed made 'heaven's portals ring.'"
"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."