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April 17 (The South Will Rise Again)

At the very least, the price of gas in the South will rise again. I enjoyed this article full of hyperlinking to all kinds of Southerners--scholars, writers, designers, musicians, and more--but don't follow the Bill Maher link if you want to believe in the strength of our union (the whole "one nation" biz). Maybe Maher should get fined for using the guy with no teeth?

My Aunt Nancy's tasty grits were a highlight of my first trip to the true deep South, a visit to the Florida panhandle on the hot, humid Gulf on Mexico. Not too far from Pensacola, I met my Southern cousins and watched MTV for the first time. One of the most memorable lines of my entire childhood was Cousin Billy's, "You mean you ain't never heard of Jimmy Buffet?" To the best of my knowledge, thirty years later, Bill is doing quite well as a resident of the great state of New Jersey, the same place his Mom and my Dad were so ready to escape from.

In addition to everything else I have to try to summon enough concentration to write, my visits and residence in various parts of the southeastern United States could at least make for a solid essay. And, yeah, as we all know, that's easier blogged upon than written. I think you know what I mean.

Comments

Jeff Porten said…
If we're talking about the same clip, Alexandra Pelosi (director of the Maher bit) did a long intro where she said that the visuals were *not* cherry-picked; the stuff that hit the cutting-room floor looked the same as what they ran with.
Alex Kudera said…
I didn't mean to imply that the missing teeth were airbrushed away, but only that they can find a lot of people in the South who don't share the views expressed in that clip. It's good to know that Alexandra is putting her mother's wealth and influence to good use by contributing nonbiased comedy and journalism.

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