Nonfiction

Articles, essays, and opinions from & about the New South.

Wasting Away in Margaritaville Hell

Wasting Away in Margaritaville Hell

Living and Retiring in ¾ Time In the early 1970s, Jimmy Buffet and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina were each stymied by identical situations. Buffet, a Gulf Coast native, was mired in an identity crisis. He definitely wasn’t rock ‘n’ roll, but with novelty songs...
Eyes Forward

Eyes Forward

Tugging at my parents to cease socializing after Sunday church, we rushed the two miles home in order to catch The Little Rascals on a fuzzy Charlotte television channel. More than fifty years later, I recall an episode which included three girls singing, “How ya...
The Neo-Nazis Come to Town

The Neo-Nazis Come to Town

A City of Healing “It’s a free country” is a childhood taunt kids learn on playgrounds and in lunchrooms. Despite that most Americans can’t explain the Bill of Rights, we’re possessive of our freedoms. Except when it means Neo-Nazis can pay a fifty-dollar permit fee...
Southern Lit Presents: Sonia Sanchez

Southern Lit Presents: Sonia Sanchez

Stutters, Spirituality, and Self: Redefining Southern Womanhood Southern culture is rife with leaders, both spiritual and political. Walk into a church, the South’s favored place of worship, and you’re likely to find a pastor. Last year, Christianity Today noted that...