This Week’s Various

As always, all images here unless otherwise noted are copyright DeepFriedKudzu.

Tujague's, New Orleans
Tujague’s is staying Tujague’s — it’s staying in the family — and that whole t-shirt shop issue is history. Yay!

Part of our Mardi Gras Mantle
Sounds like Hubig’s is coming back, and they have a spot to build in Marigny.

This Sunday:The Clarion-Ledger will print a never-before-published early version of the Eudora Welty short story on Evers’ assassination. It is — she once said — the only thing she ever wrote in anger.’

The Peterborough Heritage Commission in New Hampshire, rather than let them deteriorate further, put a 1810 cottage, a 1890 farmhouse and a 1910 barn on Craigslist with the selling price of…free.

Camp McDowell, near Jasper AL, hosts the Alabama Folk School (Jam Camp Weekend June 5-7) and other camps/conferences run by the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama — and its Bethany project is being worked on by Auburn’s Urban Studio.  It is going to be wonderful.

Waffle House and the Strip, Tuscaloosa
(above: the Waffle House on the Strip in Tuscaloosa)
They’re a SEC town, and now College Station needs a Waffle House, badly.  Presentation here. p = new anv_pl_def();p.loadVideoWithKey(“eyJtIjoiR1JUViIsInAiOiI1NSIsInYiOiIyNjEwMTg5In0=”);
Hmmm…what to do about the Threefoot Building in Meridian?…

A man was just sentenced to 50 years in prison for stealing a rack of ribs from the H-E-B.  There was a knife involved and he had some priors, but let’s stick with the ribs.

Greenbrier Restaurant, Madison AL
(above: not ATL, but still life with white bbq sauce at Greenbrier in N AL)
Atlanta’s not known as a barbecue town.  For the ten thousand times I’ve been there (plus living just off Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross over one summer during college) I’ve never, never had barbecue there.  When Daniel Vaughn, the barbecue editor at Texas Monthly, was asked if any of the Atlanta bbq places could make the top 50 list had they been located in Texas, he mentioned three: Heirloom Market BBQ, Grand Champion BBQ, and Fox Brothers, where they’re putting Alabama white barbecue sauce on fried ribs.  The cover story for the May issue of Atlanta Magazine: barbecue.

Molly Fischer writes for The New Yorker: Saving Zelda, an overview of the three novels that came out this spring on our Montgomery belle.

Age is the central issue for both Zelda and F. Scott. Not many people get to be young as hard as they did, or have to suffer the aftermath of youth quite so painfully. In a way, it’s like they’re doing it so we don’t have to—adventurously, experimentally, like the Curies handled radium. And they acquit themselves poorly as characters in novels, because the very explosiveness that makes them transfixing also makes them remote.

KPBS on Leonard Knight’s return visit to Salvation Mountain:

The USPS — their image above — is issuing a Johnny Cash Forever stamp available for purchase on June 5.
The Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville is now open.

Your cicadas appreciated:
UGA entomologists are asking Georgians to collect any intact cicada bodies they find on the ground and send them to the museum.

The Georgia Museum of Natural History has an international collection of cicadas ranging in size from smaller than a pinkie fingernail to some Southeast Asian species that are the size of the palm of a hand, all in a rainbow of colors.

They also have representatives of several of the broods of 13- and 17-year periodical cicadas, including specimens dating back to the 1930s.

However, they don’t have any Brood II cicadas from Georgia. Having specimens from this brood “would help us document this emergence in Georgia,” Hoebeke said.

When people do find a cicada carcass, they should take note of where and when they found it. Whole specimens will be included in the museum’s collection of arthropods, which now spans hundreds of thousands of individual insects and spiders.

The ‘With Signs Following‘ doc on people who worship, handling serpents, will be released later this year; the church the filmmaker followed is reportedly more wary of outsiders interested in their practices after the attention they got when former pastor Mack Wolford passed away last year when he was bitten by a timber rattler.
If you read the NYT piece last year, ‘From Bible-Belt Pastor to Atheist Leader‘ then it’s probably not much of a surprise that there’s a documentary being made on the subject:
Jerry DeWitt had been preaching in and around Beauregard Parish, Louisiana since he was 17 years old. Full of warmth and gifted with electric Pentecostal oratory, he was a popular figure around town. He even planned to run for mayor. But when his 85-year old aunt discovered he was an atheist, the news spread quickly. Within a year he had lost his job, the bank had foreclosed on his house and his wife had left him.

But Jerry’s story only begins there. Thrust into the limelight by a New York Times profile, he unexpectedly finds himself at the center of a growing but dis-unified secular movement. He quickly learns to navigate the intricate politics of organized atheism and sets an audacious goal: to create a sustainable human-centered ministry in the heart of the Bible Belt. It may be an idea whose time has come. But can it happen in time to save his home and his family?

Cotton Rows, Leland MS
Hotter Than Hades half-marathon in Leland, Mississippi registration open…

A Chinese company, Shuanghui, is looking to purchase Virginia ham — Smithfield — for $4.7 billion, cash.  If the deal goes through it will be the largest purchase of an American company to a Chinese concern.

Clemson’s Vanishing Firefly Project asks people to report a count of the lightning bugs they see June 1.

A Pig Ear Sandwich from the Big Apple Inn, Farish Street, Jackson MS
(above: a pig ear sandwich from the Big Apple Inn. It was…chewy.)
36 Hours in Jackson from the NYT, and they do pretty well: Farish Street and the Big Apple Inn, the farmer’s market at the fairgrounds, Brent’s, Lemuria, Walker’s…

The Roosevelt Hotel donated a night’s stay in a suite along with supper, cake, pool cabana, and limo ride for Ka’Nard Allen and his family to celebrate his birthday.  Ka’Nard was the boy was grazed by a bullet at the Mother’s Day second line shooting.

Chris Hastings (Hot and Hot in B’ham) will be guest-chef at Seersucker in Brooklyn on June 6.  Seersucker has on their website a quote from the NYT about itself:
“It’s urbane, soft spoken and modern, the kind of place where actual residents of Chapel Hill, Nashville or Birmingham might go on a Saturday night.”

Reading this week:
Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Naz by Robert M. Edsel
Try This at Home: Recipes from My Head to Your Plate by Richard Blais
It Wasn’t All Dancing and Other Stories by Mary Ward Brown

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