Living in the Present with John Prine
“I came to Weeki Wachee to sound the mystery of the mermaid, to find danger and sex and darkness and maybe hear my own deeps echoed back.”
On William Eggleston’s The Red Ceiling and an unsolved murder.
An essay about the weeks after the author’s brother nearly died.
On Edgar Ray Killen.
On the Old Regular Baptists and the joyful sound.
Richard Hell after Lexington.
Teaching Emily Dickinson at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida.
A new-society vision in Jackson, Mississippi.
Following John McPhee to Florida.
Investigating a brutal double murder in a Kentucky military town.
Tokyo’s reverent “black music” fandom.
Reckoning with the legacy of the Hawks Nest Tunnel disaster.
The radical environmental group Earth First! orchestrates a musical in Florida.
Billy Mitchell’s quest for video game perfection.
Texas’ modern day cattle rustlers and the twenty-seven lawmen who track them.
On the chaotic letters of journalist and Dr. Strangelove screenwriter Terry Southern.
On claiming the conquistador Juan Ponce de León as an ancestor and the fictions we tell ourselves.
At 76, Atlanta’s Beverly “Guitar” Watkins still lives for the blues.
A shipwreck, a mythical creature.
Looking for the ghosts of the Allman Brothers Band in Macon.
Little Richard is 83, confined to a wheelchair, and living in the penthouse suite at the Hilton in downtown Nashville. He says he’s never performing again.
Memories of Outkast and Grandmas and black Southern love.
The producer of Big Star’s Third and piano player on ‘Wild Horses’ recounts a life of music in Memphis.
The making of Blonde on Blonde in Nashville.