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James Crockett’s new book, a look at Scruggs, DeLaughter and the gang: Power Greed Hubris

University Press of Mississippi has a new look out at the Minor – Scruggs – DeLaughter bribery cases, titled Power Greed Hubris: Judicial Bribery in Mississippi.  This one is by James R. Crockett, a professor emeritus at the University of Southern Mississippi and adjunct professor of accountancy at the University of Mississippi. He wrote Hands in [...]

Some thoughts about what is great about Johnny Cash, from Michiko Kakutani at the NY Times

Michiko Kakutani has a really moving review of a new Johnny Cash biography, by Robert Hilburn, that is as good as anything I’ve read for describing the strengths of Cash’s music.  It begins:

Johnny Cash’s life was a country song full of love and loss, passion and heartbreak — grief, loneliness, guilt, faith, melodrama [...]

Nicholas Dawidoff and Collision Low Crossers at Square Books on Friday

Nicholas Dawidoff writes for the New Yorker and the New York Times Magazine.  His books include The Catcher was a Spy, about a 30s-era Yankees catcher (who mostly rode the bench) who was a spy for the OSS.  A multi linguist, about whom a Yankee manager said, “He can speak seven languages but can’t hit in [...]

Red Smith on fishing with his son

From American Pastimes.

A task force of three was made up swiftly. It included a young man of twelve, going on thirteen, who had never before attempted to mislead a trout with a tuft of feather or a barb of steel. He had, however, shown an encouraging spirit several summers earlier when he was [...]

Various Reactions to James Franco’s Adaptation of As I Lay Dying


Darl is clearly a poet and seer of sorts in the book; his monologues are full of rich language, and it becomes clear that he is picking up upon and understanding events that no other character understands.  That’s his role in the book, and, in the end, when he burns down the barn [...]

As I Lay Dying at the Lyric Monday night: “Sometimes I think it aint none of us pure crazy and aint none us pure sane…”

Tomorrow night, the James Franco movie of As I lay Dying will be showing at the Lyric Theater at 8, as a benefit for the Oxford Film Festival.  I plan to be there.

Sometimes I aint so sho who’s got ere right to say when a man is crazy and when he aint. Sometimes I [...]

From B. Traven: Honesty having failed, the oil company decides to change lawyers

B. Traven’s novel The White Rose is the account of a the attempt by an American oil company to take over a ranch in Mexico.  When he learned from his Mexican lawyer that honest means failed, the oil company president, Collins, decided on a change of tactics:

When Mr. Collins read the letter, he commented [...]

Vox Press to conduct writing class at Parchman Penitentiary

Just got this press release from Vox Press.


My non-profit group VOX, is initiating a Creative Writing program in Mississippi’s largest, oldest, and most notorious prison, Mississippi State Penitentiary, better known as Parchman Farm. We’ve already set the class up and it will start in January. I have already spoken with the [...]

“He was a good Catholic, and so did his best business inside the churches.” more from B. Traven

The opening of the short story “Accomplices,” from The Kidnapped Saint & other stores.  

Vincent Pliego couldn’t make it any more in Jalisco, where he had been involved with the police several times. He had to clear out now because a new director of police had been installed, who began quickly and thoroughly [...]

Since he lies dying, this’ll kill him.

Alternate title:  Gee, they didn’t do one of these when Yul Brynner starred in The Sound and the Fury.

(Yes, I know the dying character is a she)