South Alabama—No Cultural Desert, Part 1

A little over 250 miles from Atlanta lies the small Southern town of Monroeville.   Back when I was a child and my family traveled to visit my paternal grandparents, the main attraction of Monroeville was the Vanity Fair Outlet Store, where the prices of everything were reduced by at least one-half. Today the town is […]

On the Southern Literary Trail: Part One—Andalusia, Flannery O’Connor’s Farm Home

Here in the South, we are blessed to have The Southern Literary Trail, the nation’s only tri-state literary trail, featuring writers’ homes in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi—three states said to be perennially at the bottom of US literacy rates. William Faulkner was once asked, Why don’t more Southerners read? He replied, Because they’re too busy writing. […]