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Southern Talk

One minute a Southern quotation will be saying you can tell a Southerner by the knife fight scars. The next minute, by the thank-you notes.
- Roy Blount, Jr.

Late on Saturday nights the radio blared out strange music: “John R here, way down South in Dixie, 1510 on the dial, fifty thousand watts of joy! WLAC, Nashville, Tennessee.” . . . John R played what he called “droopy drawers songs” (the slow stuff) and “mean, low-down songs.” [He] talked through the songs: “Have mercy, baby! Come on, honey. Man, don’t that tear you up?”
- Bobbie Ann Mason
Clear Springs

The tragedy of the redneck is that he chose the wrong enemy.
- Will D. Campbell

Yes, charisma is the middle name of scads of Southern cads.
- Rosemary Daniel

There are two ways of looking at the South. What is it? And who is it? I prefer the second question, for the South is the people who live there.
- Albert Gore, Sr.

I've always said that next to Imperial China, the South is the best place in the world to be an old lady.
- Florence King

The dog of your boyhood teaches you a great deal about friendship, and love, and death. Old Skip was my brother.
- Willie Morris

Southerners can claim kin with anybody. It’s one of our most dextrous talents.
- Guy Davenport

Writing fiction has developed in me an abiding respect for the unknown in a human lifetime and a sense of where to look for the threads, how to follow, how to connect, find in the thick of the tangle what clear line persists.
- Eudora Welty

The deep-dyed fear that lives in the heart of every Southerner, myself included, [is] that a Yankee is putting us down.
- Julia Reed

I like the South because it is so much warmer on the sidelines than it is up North.
- Coach Tom Landry

Young feller, you will never appreciate the potentialities of the English language until you have heard a Southern mule driver search the soul of a mule.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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~November '03 Featured Articles~

~~More great reading for November~~

Hundred Dollar Underwear
by Barry Smith

Mississippi Delta native, now Aspenite, Barry Smith writes a weekly column for The Aspen Times. Here he remembers a boyhood trip from Mississippi to California . . . and the resourcefulness of a wise grandmother. Funny!

Station Wagons Are Cool Again
by Beth Boswell Jacks

USADEEPSOUTH editor Beth Jacks heralds the rebirth of station wagons. Lots of good reasons to drive a wagon. She thinks.

Ol' Smiley and Ole Miss Football
by Ray Sellers

Hey, here's a hilarious story from a Rebel fan who happened to be at the Ole Miss-Auburn game. He was there. And he was there. And . . . you just gotta read.

A Turkey of a Recipe
by Mike Bay

Ummm, we think he’s serious. But maybe not. In fact, is Mike Bay ever serious? He’s always good for laughs, we guarantee.

Double Trouble: My Cross-eyed Twins
by Charles Dowdy

Charles Dowdy is here once more to put us in stitches with his Super Daddy stories. This one had us cackling out loud.

Harlan Martin’s 7 Turkeys
by David Norris

Another great story by David Norris! This transcription of an interview with Harlan Martin is a must read for any reader who loves southern storytelling.

Greasepit Grammar: “Drinking and Dranking”
by Gene Owens

Read, laugh, and learn grammar the easy way with Gene’s delightful Greasepit Grammar columns. What a wit!

Deer Live In Pine Trees
by Don Drane

We always wondered where deer hang out. Now we know, thanks to Don. Hey, this is for real. He’s got deer up his . . . well, read.

Southern Roots Truths
by Kent Fletcher

Our USADS philosopher returns with another thoughtful essay on life’s little truths. You GO with your musings, Kent.

Oxford, Mississippi
by Tom Givens

Judge Tom says he’s found his heaven on earth in the hills of Mississippi. Oxford is considered one of the best retirement communities in the nation. Here’s why.

Do Boys Ever Grow Up?
by Walter Redden

You’ve got to be on your toes to stay ahead of a wise father, Redden discovers. Here’s a sentimental story of an aging father and his “boy.”

Southern Comfort Recipes
by Bettye Rozier Gibson

Want cooking advice from a master in the kitchen? Bettye Gibson gives us some great recipes for the upcoming holidays.

Kids' Books With A Southern Accent
by Augusta Russel Scattergood

Gusty’s the “Aunt Who Gives Books,” and she’s proud of it. Here are her suggestions for the children on your holiday list.

A Cane Pole and Worm
by Barbara Robinson

Barbara’s dad taught her a lot. This article is a sweet remembrance of a dear man who showed her how to bait a hook . . . and embrace life.

Homemade Treasure Hunts
by Jan Risher

What a mom! Jan takes us back to her childhood, then describes how she brings her youthful fun into the lives of her family. Special lady, this Jan.

Seeking “Funeral Food” history
info from Southern Scribe

Got expertise in the area of “funeral food”? Most of us do. This writer needs your input . . .

New Southern Authors
June Cottingham and Katlyn Stewart

Extra! Extra! New writers--their books are just off the press! Read all about 'em.


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Or why not enjoy these "oldies but goodies"?

Highway 61 -- Will Jacks, Jamie F. Jacks, Beth Jacks
A Boy and His Fiddle -- G. G. Goodson
Adopting Andrew -- Dave Valentine
Chicken and Dumplings -- Bettye Rozier Gibson
Survival Guide for Newly Married Men -- Jack Kean
Blond, Blond, and Blonder -- Kristen Twedt
Chili and Beans -- Kent Fletcher
The China Adventure -- Bill Boswell, Jr.
Doctor Calhoun Day -- Robert S. Lumsden, Sr.
Eating Dirt -- Beth Boswell Jacks
Effie In Her Domain -- Charles East
Excerpt: The Peddler’s Grandson -- Edward Cohen
Hail To The Chief Drive-In -- Lonnye Sue Sims Pearson
Kidnapped -- Macklyn Hubbell
Kudzu -- Larry Pace

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