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Ghosts of History: An Interview with Jesmyn Ward by Louis Elliott
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Congratulations to Ward on winning the 2017 National Book Award for Sing, Unburied, Sing.

Knife, Paintbrush, Pen: on Elizabeth Lyons’s The Blessing of Dark Water by Gillie Collins
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Talking back to diagnosis

Take Note by Julia Bosson
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Unchanging times, in Joan Didion’s South and West

Fletcher Williams III’s City Block by Chase Quinn
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A Tale of Two Charlestons

Gone Below by J.T. Price
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Life and death in a mining town in Kevin Canty’s The Underworld

James Little by LeRonn P. Brooks
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“The reward is getting through the tough stuff. And that’s what’s perplexing about the art thing. When I was going to school there were kids that could draw their asses off. There were kids that were better draftsman than me, for certain. But no one was more determined than me.”

Sarah Gerard’s Sunshine State by Laura van den Berg
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Sarah Gerard’s essay collection, Sunshine State, embodies Florida’s unpredictability in the best sense.

Project by An-My Lê

In the spring of 2015, An-My Lê was invited by film director Gary Ross to photograph on the set of Free State of Jones, his period war film inspired by the life of Newton Knight, a Mississippi farmer and Southern Unionist who led an armed revolt against the Confederacy in 1864. 

Nell Zink by Keith Gessen
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Nicotine, the author’s third novel in as many years, dives into the world of East Coast anarchists.

Lee Clay Johnson by Jay Varner
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“I think violence is inherited, it’s taught, and some of the characters are born into bad blood. …The characters are raped and so is the land.”

Zachary Treitz by Hannah Holden
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Talking to the filmmaker behind Men Go to Battle.

Michael Wiegers by Peter Mishler
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Fable and fact—an editor’s perspective on the poetry and cult of Frank Stanford.

Joshua Abrams & Nathan Bowles by Clinton Krute
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Memory, texture, and tradition.

Tim Sutton by Gary M. Kramer
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God, nature, and Memphis

The Insult: “Shut up, you dirty greaser.” From Tejas by Carmen Boullosa

It’s high noon in Bruneville. Not a cloud in the sky. 

Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild by Leon Falk
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Many months ago, when I first heard of Beasts of the Southern Wild and knew absolutely nothing about it, I wondered what type of an animal it could possibly be; the title so completely engaged my imagination.

Jesmyn Ward by Rebecca Keith
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Rebecca Keith speaks with author Jesmyn Ward about her National Book Award-winning novel Salvage the Bones.

Atlanta: Hip Hop and the South by Richard Maxwell
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Michael Schmelling made a book called Atlanta, a photo book about the Atlanta hip-hop scene. Then Richard Maxwell wrote a review of it.

Charlie Smith by John Reed
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Charlie Smith’s latest novel, Three Delays, is an account of the partings and reconciliations of two lovers on the fringes of the American mainstream. In the course of their conversation, Reed and Smith agree on one point: redemption is an illusion.

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In the ninth installment in BOMB’s Fiction for Driving Across America series, Charlie Smith reads an excerpt from Three Delays, published by Harper Perennial.

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