Reading an old interview with Chan Marshall (Cat Power), she talks about wandering the South for a couple years in the late 90s until she saw the sign for Prosperity, South Carolina (not far from me!).
She then rented a small house where she felt "surrounded by 150 trillion spirits pressing against my glass, trying to get in." She then wrote the songs for Moon Pix.
Yup, the South Carolina Midlands can have that effect on you sometimes.
Tonight in the cool night air, I'm listening to an old haunting favorite from Georgia: Vic Chesnutt:
It's a Lambchop kind of night, gotta marinate in those warped, hushed 90s alt-country vibes:
I appreciate the poetry of the term "linguistic swamping" to describe how Isleño Spanish in Louisiana's Saint Bernard Parish was over-run by English through "mandatory public education, military service, and economic interaction with mainstream American culture."
Southern U.S. food history
Jonathan Olivier writes this essay for the Bitter Southerner about the importance of filé, or powdered dried sassafras leaves, to Louisiana cuisine. The piece also looks at the tangled origins of gumbo as a dish.
It's good writing!:
sc murder case; good-ole-boyism
So many of many students are fascinated by a series of murders & deaths surrounding the Murdaughs, a Lowcountry clan with too much political sway. I'm baffled by their fascination. I'm like, "Don't y'all already know the murderous corruption & oppression that good-ole-boy politics has wreaked in this state?"
Noise. Okra. Poetry. BBQ. South Carolina.
"All summer his accordian rotted in the ditch,
Like an armadillo turning into a house payment"
-- Frank Stanford
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