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Garden & Gun

June/July 2019

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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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
The Allee Group LLC
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6 Issues

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garden & gun

David DiBenedetto Senior Vice President & Editor in Chief Executive Managing Editor Phillip Rhodes / Creative Director Marshall McKinney Photography and Visuals Director Maggie Brett Kennedy / Deputy Editors Amanda Heckert, David Mezz Style Director Haskell Harris / Art Director Julia Knetzer / Photo Editor Margaret Houston Senior Editor CJ Lotz / Copy Chief Donna Levine Editorial Assistant Caroline Sanders / Art Production Assistant Jacqueline Stofsick Editorial Intern Abigail Tierney Chief Digital Officer Chris Kraft Digital Director Kim Alexander / Digital Editor Dacey Orr Sivewright / Social Media Editor Olivia Dello Buono Digital Projects Manager Emily DealContributing Editors Roy Blount Jr., Rick Bragg, Dominique Browning, Monte Burke, Marshall Chapman, John Currence, John T. Edge, Clyde Edgerton, Charles Gaines, Allison Glock, Winston Groom, Mike Grudowski, Jessica B. Harris,…

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“every trip to kentucky has me hauling a suitcase of white lily flour back to oregon”

ROLL OUT THE WELCOME Several weeks ago, I received a subscription offer to your magazine. It was a surprise to me, a traditional woodchuck Yankee. I took a chance and mailed my check, and the April/May 2019 issue arrived. Russell Worth Parker’s Good Dog essay was worth the subscription price. I’ll be looking forward to the next issue. Amy Brill Sutton, VermontWhen my April/May 2019 issue of G&G arrived, I jumped for joy seeing Scott Peacock’s name. He is my biscuit god, and I have been following his recipe for nearly a decade. But I knew little about the man. Every trip to Kentucky has seen me hauling a suitcase full of White Lily flour back to Oregon. Now I am excited to try a different flour that…

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banding together

Hanging out backstage isn’t what it used to be. Remember the movie Almost Famous? A budding music journalist goes on the road in the early seventies with the fictional band Stillwater, a group partially based on the Allman Brothers, and gets a behind-the-curtain look into a world of groupies, drugs, and hard drinking. Today it’s mostly just about what the Wi-Fi password is, video games, and maybe a green juice. ¶ But what hasn’t changed, mercifully, is the spine-tingly adrenaline rush as the house lights dim. And on this sultry night just before a show inOcala, Florida, Devon Allman tells his bandmates to huddle up. This tour has been a special one because Duane Betts is here too, playing the opening slot before theDevon Allman Project’s set. Allman grabs…

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the past in bloom

Emily Morgan Brown in the studio with her grisaille paintings of magnolias, daffodils, and roses. Cheerful zinnias and tall papery cosmos, petite sunflowers and delicate white dill dot the fence line leading from the house the artist Emily Morgan Brown shares with her husband and three young daughters to her backyard studio in Birmingham, Alabama. Nearby, blueberry bushes flank rows of strawberry plants. There’s a fig tree that will be heavy with fruit come July. And a vegetable garden yields the likes of heirloom tomatoes, okra, and mint. “My girls love watching the bugs, too,” Brown says. “We lift rocks and spy on roly-polies, ladybugs, and caterpillars.” All of it—bloom to bug—serves as inspiration for Brown, who picked up her first sketch pad as a child and began…

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fortunate son

Winston Groom, pictured at far left in 1986, the year he introduced Forrest Gump and his cohorts Lieutenant Dan, Bubba, and Jenny into the world. Winston Groom recalls being pretty satisfied with his 1986 novel, Forrest Gump. It was reviewed favorably by many literary critics and sold around 30,000 copies in hardcover.By then, Groom was in his early forties and in the midst of creating a nice, steady writing career. After graduating from the University of Alabama, he had done a stint in the army and a tour in Vietnam. He’d worked in Washington, D.C., as a reporter for the Washington Star, covering the court system, and then quit that job to start writing books. He moved to New York City, where he haunted the literary scene, palling…

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strange delights

(Jacqueline Stofsick (2)) In the opening tale of Karen Russell’s Orange World (Knopf), two Florida girls flee hotel jobs, go prospecting for adventure out West, and take a chairlift to a party in an avalanche-crushed lodge where their dance partners are ghosts with eyes of gold. That kind of surreal storytelling made the Miami-raised author’s debut novel, Swamplandia!, a Pulitzer finalist, and blooms madly again across these eight stories. In “Bog Girl,” a man who cuts peat in Europe falls for an ancient swamp vixen; in “The Bad Graft,” a Joshua tree takes root in the rocky soil of a young heart; and in the title story, a new mother weans the devil himself. It’s tempting to say Russell showers Florida funk on the rest of the world, but her…

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