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Making Women Cry

In 2015, novelist Jonathan Odell, a Mississippi native, shared the stage with a legend of Southern literature, Pat Conroy, at Georgia’s Decatur Book Festival. In this lovely remembrance, he recalls how Conroy treated his fans like family.

That Wasn’t for Me

Erik Peters brings us a small piece of fiction about a small gesture — and how such gestures can mean so much.

The History of St. Nick

Their mother was honest with her children. If only her children hadn’t been honest with their classmates.

Faithful Friends

Our editor ponders whether we can create a new recipe for a happy Christmas.

Learning to Love the A Minus

Or, How the Pandemic Kicked My Kitchen Perfectionism to the Curb

The Special Decadence of Pimento Cheese

Sarah Brown knows exactly what’s right and exactly what’s wrong in the making of pimento cheese, specifically the sort that will send a shiver down your spine.

Four Poems by Will Wellman

Will Wellman brings us four poems from his heart — and from his native home of Florida.

The Old Man’s Favorite Bird Dog

His dog’s name was Rusty. He was a German shorthaired pointer. Daddy said he was the best bird dog ever.

Reconciliation Road

Maurice Carlos Ruffin and Tad Bartlett hit the road in Louisiana to talk about — and then write about — what the South’s future looks like.

Why We Hope

You can find hope inside every quality that defines us as Southerners.

Y’all Come

Editor Chuck Reece explains why Salvation South exists.

That Dog Won’t Hunt

Richard Murff admits to being perhaps the only Southerner ever to own two hunting dogs, neither of which would hunt.

But I Have Hope

Russell Worth Parker is a North Carolinian and a retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel. He’s seen a lot and, like all of us, he lives every day in a nation more divided than ever. Still, he has hope. This is why.

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