This Week’s Various

*Love* this idea: ‘Photographing Literature’s Famous Food Scenes’.  The pic at the top of the story at NPR, though, shows “The kitchen table was loaded with enough food to bury the family: hunks of salt pork, tomatoes, beans, even scuppernongs.” from ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and all this done by Dinah Fried.

Thing is, though, the ‘hunks of salt pork’ look like fried chicken in the image (salt pork looks like…big bacon, less red and more broad white. If at no other time, this is eaten on January 1 each year).  And what should be scuppernongs appear as boring white table grapes in the photograph.  Still, though, this is such a great idea.

Frito Chili Pie

The State Fair of Texas begins now, and on Monday the world’s largest Frito Chili Pie may just happen.

San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Folk Art is closing, forever, December 1.

The Renoir that was picked up at a flea market for just a few dollars is now thought to have been stolen decades ago from the Baltimore Museum of Art.  Nice story about it on NPR, too.

It’s sweet that the makers of this clip call Peanut a ‘lead character’ — here’s a short bit on Rural Studio:

Yes! to the Newbern Town Hall cake at the community supper for Rural Studio there.


The Eudora Welty House is hiring a Director of Education.

Two different ‘GWTW’ stories this week — technical advising, and more on costuming for the film by an artist in Huntsville.

Faulkner’s somewhat-famous Postmaster resignation letter made Letters of Note (a really great site) this week.
[October, 1924]

As long as I live under the capitalistic system, I expect to have my life influenced by the demands of moneyed people. But I will be damned if I propose to be at the beck and call of every itinerant scoundrel who has two cents to invest in a postage stamp.

This, sir, is my resignation.


BTW, my husband knows the gentleman whose correspondence with Dr. Seuss made it on the site.

Yay for Andrew Edlin, who bought the Outsider Art Fair in NYC.  Among other important artists, Andrew has exhibited works by Tuscaloosa’s Frank Calloway.

Bama’s project, 57 Miles, is a partnership to bring awareness, help from students with/to Perry County:
That’s all that separates two distinct communities. From our Tuscaloosa campus to the Black Belt heart of Perry County, we find opportunities boundless–for partnership, learning, service, and growth. The Perry County Partnership celebrates all that is possible when students and community members connect to discover each others’ true potential. Advancing The University of Alabama Honors College’s vision to provide a holistic experience for students through multiple points of engagement, 57 Miles invites students to explore a new culture, to learn about challenge and opportunity, to give of our talents and of ourselves, and to be challenged in new and unanticipated ways.

The director of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” is now working on another Louisiana-based film ‘about a hidden ecosystem where the aging process is “out of whack” and people can age quickly or very slowly.’

Anton Haardt wrote me to let everyone know about Art for Art’s Sake in New Orleans on October 6 (tons of galleries open including her own, Anton Haardt Gallery, 2858 Magazine Street) where she will have available:
…Sepia photographs by Anton of James Son Ford Thomas, the legendary blues musician, folk artist, and boyhood friend of Robert Johnson, will be on display. The gallery will also feature works by artist Chuckie Williams, guitars and instrument cases painted by Mose Tolliver and Roy Ferdinand, and works by other self-taught artists, including Sybil Gibson, Calvin Livingston, William White, Lonnie Holly, and Jimmy Lee Sudduth, as well as a selection of paintings by Anton Haardt and Christopher Moses.

Barbara Lee Black's Gallery Window
October 13 at 2p: MaCille’s Museum of Miscellania ‘Alabama Haints’ 154 2nd St NE in Gordo AL.

The woman who repainted the fresco of Jesus in Spain earlier this year in an attempt to restore it — she wants royalties now because of the crowds coming to the church to see it.  The royalties, though, she will donate to charity.

This week I was introduced to the artwork of Alice Pattullo, who did the artwork for the latest cd of Caroline Herring, Camilla. Very nice.

Caroline went to school at Ole Miss, including graduate work in Southern Studies. What terrific music she’s doing, in both sound and subject.

If you’ve emailed me lately at my address and haven’t gotten a response, it’s me.  I let too many read messages stay in my inbox rather than deleting or moving to sub-folders so things got overwhelmed and thus, a corrupt Thunderbird file.  It’s fixed now, and I’ll catch up with you soon! xoxo!

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