A few weeks ago, I found a box in my attic labeled “Old College Papers.” After cringing through the first notebook on top — Lord, that was enough — I did what any self-respecting editor 20 years out of school would do. I pitched that entire box straight into the recycling barrel before anything else Pandora-like flew out of it.
I did, however, salvage one piece of paper. It was titled “Nine Traits that Exist in Southern Writing,” evidently from a course in Southern literature, one I’d long since forgotten. But I was happily surprised to note just how timeless these themes are, whether in fiction or nonfiction. I see them carried out in the stories we publish in the magazine every month, and in great pieces produced nationally every day.
Here are my picks for a few great (Southern) #longreads that reinforce the following nine traits:
3. Celebration of Eccentricity: ‘Love and Death in the Cape Fear Serpentarium’ (Wendy Brenner, Oxford American)
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