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My Sweet Tooth

Deeper South,The Wonder — d-ashes on January 16, 2008 at 10:37 pm

Late last year I somehow snuck myself into the line-up for the first run of Culture Candy‘s (an arts incubator here in Baton Rouge) Sweet Tooth, a free art criticism publication to be distributed around the city with the task of “evaluating the pros and cons of art in Baton Rouge.” The fact that I’ve got an article in such a publication is a little laughable considering my history of disdain for published criticism (and I can’t wait to see what they think of my article “Why Football is Art”). Yeah, I’ve got some critical opinions on any number of things, but in our media saturated age where any ass-hat with a website or television/radio talk show can voice theirs, it’s not really an arena I’ve felt worth entering. That is, unless I am complaining about serial complainers (I’m ‘dvc’ in the comments). What can I say? I’m the sum of my contradictions.

Anyways, my piece for the inaugural edition of Sweet Tooth is entitled “The State of the Southern Novel” and covers two topics that I care deeply enough about to go on the record for: the South and its literature. So look for it around town starting this Friday, or on the Culture Candy site once the online companion is published. I don’t claim to necessarily know what I’m talking about. I’m not an academic (a concentrated influx of Berkeley-educated English literature professors at Millsaps, each highly steeped in deconstruction, cured me of a career in academia in less than 1 year, for which I am quite grateful, actually) and I can’t even call myself an industry insider now that I’m almost 3 years removed from my tenure at Lemuria. I’m just an avid reader, a wannabe writer, a Southern boy, and I know a good book when I read it, which counts for something, hopefully. So if you have some opinions on Southern literature yourself give it a read, then we can get together, drink whiskey and slap each other on the back or smack each other in the face, depending on which side of the table you’re on.

And most importantly, to simultaneously celebrate Sweet Tooth‘s launch and Culture Candy’s 3rd Anniversary, they are putting together a big dance party bash at Hound Dog’s this Friday, January 18th. If you’re there then we can get right to the whiskey drinking, not to mention the back slapping and/or face smacking. I hope to see you out and about…

1 Comment »

  1. Nice write-up, D! I left a comment on the post.

    Comment by Prof Fury — January 18, 2008 @ 4:51 pm

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