Is it true that a woman once threw a punch at Shelby Foote and hit Walker Percy? Is that Dollar Bill on the diner radio again? Do southern birds of a feather really flock together? Who said that he must be measured by his soul? Did you ever thank God for the weather and yourself for that brand new transmission? Does anyone remember Top Hat and Zip Coon? Have you ever searched the fruits of your memory for an orchard where snakes rise from the dead? Summer 2003 answers all these and more!
"Take a little Shakespeare here, add a little Scripture there, rework a bad joke, and voilà, another masterpiece."
"Percy took a punch intended for Foote -- from an outraged woman, no less -- and had the good grace to earmark the scene for fictional purposes."
"'I must be measured by my soul -- the mind is the standard of the man.'"
"As I found myself climbing over clay and gravel, negotiating switchbacks and sudden steep upgrades, I found myself thanking God for the weather and myself for my brand new transmission."
"Southern paintings showed African Americans as largely dehumanized caricatures, black stereotypes rather than distinct individuals."
"Outside, in the parking lot, sparrows bathe in the dust. Empires rise and fall. He'll notice and say nothing of it on the air.""
"Do southerners prefer one another's company?"
"The orchard was still hot, still rustling and green, still haunted by the terror of snake bodies writhing to life under your feet."
University of Kentucky Press, 2002.
Louisiana State University Press, 2002.
University of Illinois Press, 2002.