Monthly Archives: August 2008

Happy Labor Day? Not in Appalachia

(or any­where else, really). CHARLESTON — The por­tion of Appalachian states liv­ing in poverty last year increased by 114,000 peo­ple to 13.3 mil­lion, accord­ing to U.S. Cen­sus Bureau fig­ures released Tues­day. But it's all going swim­mingly, isn't it? That's what … Con­tinue read­ing

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Cotton Season by Jim Parks

William Pierce, Jr., grasped his hip with both hands and tugged with all his strength against the action of the auger that had caught his leg and was pulling his body to bloody pieces. Red Smith locked eyes with him … Con­tinue read­ing

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To Which I Can Only Say "No Shit?"

Study: Men­tal Ill­ness More Com­mon In Appalachia. Of par­tic­u­lar inter­est, I find, from page 18 of this mam­moth report: Bar­ri­ers to the use of treat­ment ser­vices include social stigma for those who seek care, lack oftrans­porta­tion, non-recognition of the root … Con­tinue read­ing

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What's Coming Around the Ding-Dang

There are a num­ber of peo­ple stop­ping by today to read yesterday's post, by the way. Hi. No one's say­ing much, though. If you were—ahem—interested in this sort of sub­ject mat­ter, as you seem to be, what kinds of dis­cus­sions … Con­tinue read­ing

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Old-Time Religion by Beverly A. Jackson

(orig­i­nally appeared in Dead Mule) She loves him as only a Chris­t­ian wom­an­can love a man; cru­ci­fies him with love,bears wit­ness to love, kills him with devo­tion.She is called Jude. She singsJe­sus Loves Me with a power that­promises He'd darn-sight … Con­tinue read­ing

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Approaching the Rural Theme

Sven Birk­erts, in one of his many books or essays—every one is worth your while, by the way; I've read them many times in some cases—makes a case that we haven't really seen a rep­re­sen­ta­tive lit­er­ary novel (I'd expand this … Con­tinue read­ing

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Have Some Chicken And Joe!

Night Train is my main baby, let's keep that straight. How­ever much it's 'my' jour­nal, I feel con­strained, by dint of the sto­ries and poems we've pub­lished in the past, and our sta­tus as a non-profit com­bined with our incor­po­ra­tion … Con­tinue read­ing

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