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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at www.clsnet.org if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Collinsville Gets Pulitzer Treatment

Pulitzer Prize Winner Rick Bragg has been visitting Collinsville Trade Day since he was six years old.
Has a great essay in current Southern Living Magazine, as good as George Singleton's celebration of Dozo's in Easley, South Carolina last Summer in Oxford American. (see my blog on Bronwen Dickey; and see the blu ray feature of Tru Grit on their celebration of Charles Portis, the author.

Bragg is a fan of Ron Rash. With Pat Conroy and Padgett Powell he endorses Mark Richard's House of Prayer, No. 2, a memoir that along with the writings of Bragg, every public library in the Southeast ought to shelve a copy.

Enough intro; copy and paste this sterling link

My comment is number 18, the entry of July 7; about 11 after Michelle McPherson whose boy Jack is getting proper timing of things.

http://www.southernliving.com/community/rick-bragg-southern-journal-trade-day-00417000073961/

2 Comments:

Anonymous Jack's comment said...

If you click on Jack's comment, the Bragg's grand piece in Southern Living should appear.

2:24 PM  
Anonymous RB's opening said...

Here are Bragg's opening two sentences; a helluvan intro.

Read the piece even if you never set foot in Alabama.

Five years ago, my brothers and I drove to a vast flea market in Collinsville, Alabama, to buy a bantam rooster for our mother. We left with two ducks, two chickens, a Hamilton watch, two fig trees, a sack of green onions, a bone-handled pocketknife, a bushel of sweet potatoes, a four-way lug wrench, a goat named Ramrod, and a ball-peen hammer.

6:30 PM  

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