Ashley Hall grad and weekend Goose Creek resident.
metaphysics, soccer, travel to exotic locations, yoga
good food, but too crowded now. Also, sad to say the owner, though Irish, has NO idea how to cook a proper scone!
I've been annoyed at the male use of the term crazy for YEARS. It's verbal shorthand for the following:
"she rejected me and I'm pissed, so she is/must be crazy"
"I really don't understand women, won't bother to really get to know them, and it's so much easier just to call mysterious/complicated/etc. women "crazy".
Men are quick to use this term as a form of character assassination when they don't know what the he*l they are ever talking about.
Very few people, much less women, are "crazy". If you've doubts read all the symptoms for all the disorders in the DSM. Otherwise, STFU guys.
Chris is just condescending, period. God knows I've read enough of his pieces to get that You apparently also work at this rag. Sorry if Ive hurt your particular Sounthern sensibilities.
I fully understand the myriad sub-regional Southern differences kiddo. Don't need a lecture from you. I'm 63 remember?
PS I'm no longer a Coloradian, having lived most of my adult life in the Deep South. What the hell is yr point again about Lee Smith being truly Appalachian then?! ! Get my point? Why not ask her what her identity now is darling? Can't we be both this and that? Born in Colorado (myself) but identify as Southern? etc? Or is that too nuanced and complicated for you to wrap your head around?
Chris, you're still from "off". I was from "off" (Houston by way of Germany and other places). I like you better now though that you've said you're from the upstate. lol
You probably didn't like Humphreys 'cause you're a guy. She can write though. If you like the surreal read Donald Bartleme's short stories. He's been dead for years now but NO ONE has yet surpassed him. Davis (see below) comes close imo.
I learned how to write reading Fielding in depth, slowly. I was about 21.
Last I saw Lee she was living in Chapel Hill which is hardly Appalachia. Don't know where she is now. Beautiful woman also.
PS Last fiction I read was Mary Louise Parker (the actress). OMG, can she write. As she grew up partially in NC maybe we can claim her. lol Also a big fan of Lydia Davis, a New Englander I think.
Haire is typical of this site's "from off" snobby staff: Put down anything local you don't understand and always pretend it's not as good as what they remember in good ole Youngstown or "Sandusky or whatever. Oh, and "purple prose" can also be described as merely sententious. Even Proust was a bit purply and sententious. These permanent tourists, not residents, need to read real Southern lit before they spout off. I bet you anything Haire has no idea who Rash or Humphries are. lol
"Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for these beachiest of beach reads"
That's kinda condescending Chris. I would need to check but I BET he has written testimonials/forewords to the area's true literary artists like Ron Rash and Lee Smith (NC) and Allan Gurganus. Also Ashley Hall grad Josephine Humphries ("Rich in Love". great movie also). What they write is hardly "beachy".
Oh, and while I agree with you about the purple prose, it can be argued that Henry Fielding ("Tom Jones") wrote purple prose as well and he is still considered great though probably read still by mostly British schoolchildren.
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