When Ernest “Ernie” Matthew Mickler’s book White Trash Cooking appeared in 1986, it became an instant hit. Its author was viewed as either a talented Southern folklorist or a comical novelty. But his work was a rich cultural document of a vanishing rural Florida, and he proved that poor rural people can and should document their life-ways with dignity. This is Mickler’s story.
No one in Northeast Florida expected damage from Hurricane Irma, but the damage came anyway.
A profile of fifth-generation beekeeper Leigh-Kathryn Bonner, whose startup, Bee Downtown has 100 sponsored hives on the roofs of old tobacco warehouses in Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The hives house thousands of bees who do their part to pollinate the cucumber, apple, and berry crops that are staples of North Carolina’s economy. Bonner is not only helping the local economy and the environment, she’s bucking convention in the traditionally male-dominated apiary industry.
The Barkley Marathons are famous among extreme athletes. The story of the race is great. The story of the man behind it is even better.
Who knew you could learn so much about Southern identity just by thinking — really hard — about doughnuts?
Daniel Wallace killed a chicken, and it didn’t change him. Musings on life, death, and inevitability.
The story of life in Standard Heights, Louisiana, a town next to an oil refinery, told in words and images.