An Intersection at the End of America

A portrait of Dilley, Texas, home of the largest immigration detention center in the United States

Source: Oxford American
Published: Mar 17, 2020
Length: 45 minutes (11,400 words)

The Jell-O Rule

The eulogy for novelist Charles Portis, delivered at Portis’ funeral by his friend and colleague Ernie Dumas.

Source: Oxford American
Published: Feb 28, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,238 words)

Now I Don’t Know Who I Am

“Mixed (race) feelings about Columbia’s Toro y Moi.”

Source: Oxford American
Published: Nov 19, 2019
Length: 33 minutes (8,446 words)

Like a Shovel and a Rope

“We had nothing to lose,” Cary Ann said. “Fuck it. Band. Family. Let’s give it a shot. . . . Handshake, spit on it. If it gets too nasty we’ll cut and run.”

Source: Oxford American
Published: Nov 19, 2019
Length: 32 minutes (8,147 words)

Eartha Kitt, Coming Home

The many lives of an icon.

Source: Oxford American
Published: Nov 19, 2019
Length: 20 minutes (5,084 words)

Sing Across the Ocean

“Ranky Tanky is an ancestral funk band. Their members are variously jazz and gospel trained, but as a collective, ancestral funk is their genre. I know because they start Ranky Tanky, their first album, with horns on the three and four, but Good Time, their second one, released in July, with bass on the one.”

Source: Oxford American
Published: Oct 31, 2019
Length: 26 minutes (6,636 words)

The Great American Press Release

America has many ways of reminding Black people that the Constitution and American Dream were not created for them.

Source: Oxford American
Published: Sep 3, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,346 words)

Everything He Wrote Was Good

Talented, troubled ─ unlike Willie Morris and Marshall Frady’s legacies, the life and work of Southern writer Johnny Greene has largely been forgotten, until another writer tried to piece it together. It wasn’t easy. It still isn’t entirely clear.

Source: Oxford American
Published: Sep 3, 2019
Length: 32 minutes (8,055 words)

Letter Imperfect

One woman faces the ghosts of her sorority past.

Source: Oxford American
Published: Sep 3, 2019
Length: 15 minutes (3,926 words)

Beyond the Levee

The land called Big Island, Mississippi, is populated by tall tales about a murderous, moonshining frontiersman name Perry Martin, but the stories and thick woods that still cover this land preserve its old world magic. That’s what keeps one camper coming back.

Source: Oxford American
Published: Jun 11, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,009 words)