Gather at the River: Notes from the Post-Millennial South / Edition 1

Gather at the River: Notes from the Post-Millennial South / Edition 1

by Hal Crowther
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807131008

ISBN-13: 9780807131008

Pub. Date: 09/28/2005

Publisher: Louisiana State University Press

To read Hal Crowther is to find yourself agreeing with views on topics you never knew you cared so much about. In Gather at the River, Crowther extends the wide-angle vision of Southern life presented in his highly acclaimed collection Cathedrals of Kudzu. He cuts to the heart of recent political, religious, and cultural issues but pauses to appreciate the sweet

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To read Hal Crowther is to find yourself agreeing with views on topics you never knew you cared so much about. In Gather at the River, Crowther extends the wide-angle vision of Southern life presented in his highly acclaimed collection Cathedrals of Kudzu. He cuts to the heart of recent political, religious, and cultural issues but pauses to appreciate the sweet things that the South has to offer, like music, baseball, great writers, and strong women.

Some of these essays invite debate. Crowther gives a balanced perspective on the tragedy of the Branch Davidians at Waco, shedding light on a different world of religiosity and revealing urban media prejudices for what they are. He describes the unique heroism of a fallen Marine in the Iraq war, a war fought by one class and promoted by another. And his solution to racial conflict — interracial procreation — will jump-start readers' sensibilities.

In other chapters, Crowther discusses the grim portrayal of the South in early film and the triumphs of Southern music. His literary essays include appreciations of William Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe, Elizabeth Spencer, and Wendell Berry, and a biting lampoon of exhibitionist memoirs. Among the Southerners Crowther profiles with pride are the art historian and Museum of Modern Art curator Kirk Varnedoe; the great, cursed baseball player Shoeless Joe Jackson; the curmudgeonly realist H. L. Mencken; and the singer Dolly Parton, whose candid artifice inspires the author's litmus test for Southern authenticity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807131008
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Series:
Southern Literary Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
996,812
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
The Tao of Dixie : a stubborn people1
The shoes of a giant11
Landmarks : the three graces16
First person singular : a boy and his dog22
Oral misery : the Columbus syndrome27
Son of a preacher man : Marshall Frady (1940-2004)31
The other appetite : the literature of lust39
Faulkner and the mosquitoes46
Gather at the river : the O Brotherhood55
Movies, mules, and music60
Nashville : Dolly and the subterfugitives65
The last song of Father Banjo71
The last autochthon : listening to the land79
A man of the world84
Among the true believers89
Storming Heaven94
The last resort99
A prophet from Savannah107
A farewell to arms121
The old dragons sleep126
Who's your daddy? : fathers of us all132
The curse of shoeless Joe138
Sacred art, southern fried : harlots and hellfire143
Mencken and me : indiscreet charms of the Bourgeoisie147

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