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you just keep thinking, butch. that's what you're good at.

"True hermits, according to Chris, do not write books, do not have friends, and do not answer questions."
The Last True Hermit,” a great story by Michael Finkel, though it calls to mind The Journalist and the Murder.
— 1 day ago
#Wildness  #Wilderness 
"At the end of the hall on the ground floor of a tenement on New York’s West 63rd Street, behind a rickety door, in three small rooms littered with cardboard cartons, catsup bottles, half-empty suitcases, Japanese dolls in glass boxes, soup dishes stacked on a piano, team irons, clothes hanging from nails in the fiberboard walls, shopping bags and children’s toys, lives Thelonious Sphere Monk."
— 6 days ago
#Longform  #Throwback  #Music  #Jazz 

Cold beer safely crotched, I yaw out into the onion-consommé tide once more, Miss Bennett following in silence. I ease into a narrow canal coursing through a cheery Floridian Venice where manses shoulder in among rusting modulars. At a Y in the stream, I pause to get instructions from a trio of seniors out for a swim.

"Hello," I say, "which way to the Gulf?"

"You’re going to the Gulf?" asks a man somehow able to tread water and maintain a healthy ember on a cigar.

"Trying to," I say.

He indicates the right fork. “Shit,” he says. “Good luck.”

Wells Tower channels Neddy Merrill on a jerry-rigged raft float across Florida
— 1 week ago
#Place  #South  #Florida  #Wilderness  #Environment 
"In other words, the moment we quit trying to teach our son anything was the moment he started really learning."
— 1 week ago
#Education  #Wilderness 
"Few learned anything about the history of Dyess as an experimental colony built by the Works Progress Administration for farmers during the Great Depression. Or the fact that the Cash family is part of that history."
A visit to the childhood home of Johnny Cash
— 2 weeks ago with 4 notes
#Place  #Tourism  #Arkansas  #South  #Music  #Johnny Cash 
From the series Scrublands, by Antoine Bruy

From the series Scrublands, by Antoine Bruy

— 3 weeks ago with 1 note
#Place  #Sustainability  #Rural 
"Transplants who protest that the street panders to tourists miss the point. Bourbon Street has to appeal to tourists in order for the city to survive. Tourism is today New Orleans’s leading industry, responsible for supporting the local economy in a city that, despite the recent boom, remains severely underpopulated. One out of every twenty jobs in New Orleans is located on Bourbon Street. Campanella estimates that it produces billions of dollars a year for the city. If most tourists mistake each other for locals, and see Bourbon Street as a true representation of New Orleans, it’s not the city’s loss. It’s the city’s gain."
Nathaniel Rich on a defense of Bourbon Street and the general invasion of New Yorkers.
— 2 months ago
#Place  #Nola  #South  #Authenticity 
"The desperation in coal country is hard to square with the beauty of the place — the densely flocked hills peppered with tiny towns."
The New York Times on the “hardest places to live” in the country, which seem to map pretty closely with some of the places I love most.
— 2 months ago
#Place  #Poverty  #South 
"Instead of coaxing [Anthony Bourdain] across the state line to Taste of India for a platter of goat curry and a conversation about how new immigrants are transforming the region’s foodways, I joined him at a Cleveland, Mississippi, soul food restaurant, where we ate fried okra and talked of old wounds that have yet to scab… I didn’t complicate anyone’s idea of anything. Instead, when the cameras turned my way, I reflexively dug into our troubled past and served Bourdain warmed-over neckbones and rice, instead of focusing some of the attention on a bright and curried future."
John T. Edge on Indian food in Mississippi, and (again) the challenge of writing about this place.
— 2 months ago
#Place  #Mississippi  #Food