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Garden & Gun

December/January 2021

Celebrating the best of Southern culture, music, food, style, travel, art, literature, and the sporting life. Plus, lots of good dogs.

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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
remembering our friends

On August 28, the Garden & Gun family lost a legend. Julia Evans Reed passed away from cancer at age fifty-nine. Her writing was a cornerstone of G&G for more than a decade, and her voice in the pages will be irreplaceable. She could frustrate any editor (including me) with her penchant for filing stories at the last possible minute, but those stories were always worth the wait. As her friend the historian Jon Meacham writes in his tribute to her on page 106, “If we’d tried to invent a character like Julia, nobody would have believed it. She was a tsunami of talent, charm, and energy. She could write about anything and make it sing. Her distinctive voice was at once affectionate and arch—a tough combination to pull off.” As…

1 min.
g& glive

I often hear from readers that they feel like they’re part of the G&Gextended family, a wildly entertaining and thoughtful bunch that includes musicians, chefs, artists, and others from our pages. To see many of these talents live, be sure to check us out on Instagram (@gardenandgun), where on any given day Alexander Smalls (above) might be whipping up his spin on potato salad, or Brothers Osborne might be playing a private show. It’s like watching the magazine come to life. Left to right: Maggie Braucher; Hermes Hamanot…

3 min.
“she was truly her own character”

Michael Witte ILLUSTRATOR For Michael Witte, drawing Julia Reed was easy; no matter how eccentric he made the scene, it couldn’t be too far off from the writer’s larger-than-life personality. “She was truly her own character,” says Witte, who had illustrated Reed’s column, the High & the Low, since 2011. Now based in New York, where he has sketched for the New Yorker, Harper’s, and Rolling Stone, Witte grew up on a farm outside of St. Louis. “I’ve always felt connected to Julia’s work, especially to the extent it explored the rural nature of the South,” he says. In this issue, Witte bids farewell to Reed with a final watercolor homage (p. 106). Aimee Nezhukumatathil WRITER “My not-so-dirty little secret is that I read more about nature and science than I do about literature—and I’m…

6 min.
“i came across my first issue in a pocket-size grocery, a heartbeat away from the canadian border”

COVER MODEL The recent cover for the Best of the Sporting South issue (October/November 2020) takes my breath away. While I love the idea of your Good Dog Photo Contest for my own trio of Irish wolfhounds, I have never seen a more magnificent photo of a dog than that of Chesa, the German shorthaired pointer. Her stance shows every muscle and curve of her beautiful conformation, and her head and softly veined ears are perfect. She may perform wonderfully as a bird dog, but she is an exquisite specimen of man’s best friend. Chesa’s cover photo is a grand champion winner. Katrina Neylon Old Hickory, Tennessee The German shorthaired pointer on the cover is beautiful, although I can’t exclaim this in front of my border collie mix. Denise Holt Mount Juliet, Tennessee Your cover does a…

1 min.
social chatter

WE ASKED... What’s your go-to holiday drink? On Facebook and in our Talk of the South newsletter, you shared your favorite ways to toast the season. Bourbon apple cider carries me from the first tailgate of autumn through Christmas, when I pour a nice Champagne in a crystal flute. Anne S. Boiled custard doctored with a tablespoon or two of Jack Daniel’s. I am constantly explaining that it’s a sort of cooked eggnog. Lynne T. Hot spiked apple cider. Beth Cloer Welsh A Poinsettia: Champagne, cranberry juice, and Cointreau. Perfect for any holiday celebration. Lynn W. White Russians. Rhonda Weisgarber Jeffers Homemade eggnog with a little Southern Comfort in it. Rhonda H. Hot buttered rum. Paul Hodo Coffee ice cream punch—especially when we’re having warm Christmas weather as we often do. Ann B. Thanksgiving: rye old-fashioned. Christmas: Jack Daniel’s eggnog. New…

6 min.
larger than life

Standing four feet eleven, with a drawl as thick as summer honey and a wit as sharp as cucumber vine, the Tennessee-born writer, actor, and comedian Leslie Jordan is the people’s Truman Capote. A seasoned stage performer and raconteur famous for his zingers—no more so than during his Emmy-winning run as Beverley Leslie, Karen Walker’s prickly nemesis on Will & Grace— the sixty-five-year-old Jordan has recently stumbled into new renown thanks to a series of viral Instagram posts, many filmed while social distancing in his hometown of Chattanooga. His droll, Southern-camp takes garnered him more than five million followers in record time, leading to a book deal (his essay collection How Y’all Doing? comes out in the spring) and splashy roles in several upcoming film and TV projects. “I just…