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Monday Morning Various

  • A while ago, the Daily Journal had an article about a new historical trail around Bryce’s Crossroads (NW of Tupelo) that ranges across history including the site where Chief Tishomingo lived before Chickasaw removal, history relating by churches founded by former slaves after the Civil War, and, of course, sites related to the battle at Bryce’s Crossroads itself.  Sounds interesting to me.
  • Square Books has in a new biography of William Alexander Percy (author of Lanterns on the Levee, etc.) by Benjamin Wise, a history professor at Florida, titled William Alexander Percy:  The Curious Life of a Southern Planter and Sexual Freethinker, published by U. of N.C. Press.  I’m curious about it.
  • Texas food writer Rob Walsh is writing a bbq books with Rufus Lovett, and has decided to put his bbq blog posts on a free-standing site, ZenBBQ.  The most recent post is about a backyard pit for whole hog cookery, a subject dear to me.  And the cinder block pit is the way to go.
  • Filmmaker Joe York is profiled by Ruth Tobias at Zester, focusing on the big southern food documentary he’s got coming out this Fall.
  • There’s a long article by John Nova Lomax about music research Mack McCormick on the Houston Press page.  Mack was in the first generation of serious jazz and blues researchers– all the known facts about Robert Johnson came to light as a result of his research locating Johnson’s family, and Mack introduced the world to the word zydeco.  A conversation with Mack courses over the entire history of American music (at least one of the ones I had did that).  H/t to Scott.
  • Slate has a map showing the percentage of Mormons in each county in the US.  Amite County (county seat is Liberty) has the highest at over 4%, by several multiples.  What’s that about?
  • Lee from comments wants all of you to know that your cat is making you crazy.  So that’s what it is.


3 comments to Monday Morning Various

  • It is less the cat that the parasite in its feces. I posted about it a couple of years ago and found out that my idea then was nothing new. Also check out this episode of Radiolab.

    I have known several Mormons from Liberty, in particular members of the Blalock family. I think the density simply reflects the presence of several sizable extended Mormon families in a sparsely populated area.

    There is more known about Robert Johnson than the public will know anytime soon. Legal fights involving McCormick and Steve LaVere have tied up information that probably is quite significant.

  • NMC

    I remember that Radiolab episode, Michael. It’s pretty great, like most of Radiolab. As I recall, it had even more detail about how these parasites use chemicals on their hosts than the Atlantic piece. Oh, and I was being slightly facetious with my description of the article.

    There is information about Johnson that hasn’t hit print– I’ve held got copies of documents relating to Johnson and have research of my own that hasn’t been published. I’m not sure how much Mack has, really– he’s so cryptic about it that I’ve always wondered. He apparently does (or may) have a photo. Maybe.

    One way that LaVere warped what was written for a long time was insisting on control of the story. I wonder what material he has that doesn’t match his desired version that we’ll never see.

    Further aside– the commonly cited birthday is almost certainly wrong. Mack (who is the source of it) acknowledged that in a phone call with me when I pointed out discrepancies in documents I had copies of.

  • innocentbystander


    The U. S. Attorney’s office has called a news conference to announce “significant public corruption arrests” in Jackson. WLBT has learned that the arrests are in the Jackson Police Department.

    The news conference will be held at the Downtown courthouse this afternoon at 3:30.

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