A few more highlights: Greil Marcus listens to “Guitar Drag”; Alex Mar visits a Texas body farm; Anne Gisleson profiles John Barry’s fight to save the southern Louisiana coastline; James Seay considers one corner of Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha; Phil McCausland interviews BB King in the blues legend’s hometown; Holly Haworth goes root-digging in Appalachia; and Benjamin Hedin revisits the Freedom Summer project of 1964.
The issue also features a new short story by Merritt Tierce, one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” authors, and poetry by Dorianne Laux and Fady Joudah, selected by new OA poetry editor Rebecca Gayle Howell. In the latest installment of “Cooking with Chris,” Chris Offutt contemplates epicurean espionage. Local Fare columnist John T. Edge examines his childhood misconceptions about the Civil War.
Besides excellent writing, the OA’s Fall issue includes more than twenty drawings and photographs, including Mississippi juke joint photography from longtime contributor Bill Steber; returning artists Mando Alvarez, Allison V. Smith, Mark Cohen, McNair Evans, and many others; and another stunning original illustration by Eleanor Davis. The cover image is Krista Steinke’s “Insects.”
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