This Week’s Various

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Through the PlexiGlass: The Last Days of the San José Trailer from Ariel Quintans on Vimeo.

above, Liz Lambert’s documentary on the Austin motel she ran before renovating it into, what is now, an icon

At Texas Monthly, The Great Roadside Motel Comeback: Motels were once a reliable respite for budget-conscious road warriors or transitory locals, but today’s motel owners are seeking a younger generation of travelers who have more cash to spend.

Steve Terlizzese

Steve Terlizze‘s ‘What Makes Her Tick’ at the 2008 Kentuck

The Graduate Hotel, Oxford MS

Faulkner’s Red and Blue drawing, at The Graduate in Oxford. From a 2017 visit.

Shelby Foote on Faulkner, from a 2002 episode of C-SPAN’s American Writers, talks about his riding with Walker Percy ~1937 from the Delta and whether to knock on the door at Rowan Oak; Foote going with Faulkner to Shiloh and securing some Old Taylor from a bootlegger; whether Faulkner’s drinking affected his writing; Faulkner’s affectations; Faulkner’s legacy, and how he would think the South has fared;  many many other remembrances.

In this C-SPAN episode filmed from Rowan Oak, one caller mentions character Benjy from The Sound and the Fury and asks if he was based on a family member or some other inspiration. Donald Kartiganer answers, “there were no idiots in the Faulkner family, so far as I know.”

Eudora Welty’s garden has an audio tour available now, and it’s narrated by Susan Haltom, who led the garden’s restoration, and Mary Alice Welty White (Eudora’s niece), who reads some passages.


“magnolia fuscata, magnolia fuscata, magnolia fuscata”

Wade Wharton's Art Environment 080510

Wade Wharton’s VW Man, from a 2010 visit

Was working with SPACES Archive / Kohler Foundation last week on adjusting a bio, supplying new images for some locations and some other things, and noticed this page on the Kohler site dedicated to art environments that have been relocated

Pink Palace Family of Museums, Memphis TN

Memphis’ Pink Palace, from a 2016 visit

At Memphis’ Pink Palace Museum, through August 11: Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad, photographs by Jeanine Michna-Bales of the sites/cities/places of that system.

The oldest-known bottle of whiskey is up for auction at Skinner, starting June 22. The Old Ingledew Whiskey is in a brown embossed bottle stating it’s from Evans & Ragland in La Grange, Georgia, and through testing is believed to have been made some time between 1763-1803.


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Jae Jung, who worked for Leah Chase (whom she called her ‘Creole Grandmother’) in New Orleans and at NYC’s Cafe Boulud, has started a Korean-Cajun delivery- and takeout- only there, called KJUN. According to Eater, for the fried chicken, the pieces are marinated in buttermilk and gochujang, before being dusted with a homemade Cajun spice mix and deep-fried twice. It’s finished with gochujang – honey atop. The gumbo has a side of okra kimchi. Mmmmm there’s also Shrimp Ravigote and Green Tomato Kimchi Sando with Honey Brown Butter Chips // Soft Shell Crab marinated in buttermilk, Korean sweet potato noodle sautéed in squid ink, soy pickled mirliton, sauce remoulade and green onion confit //  kimchi jambalaya // and look how pretty, the shrimp & Anson Mills grits

Ava Dixon writes Holler, Y’all and Appalachian Drawls: My Childhood of Code Switching in Appalachia at 100 Days In Appalachia and references this tweet from Silas House. Next week, I plan to read his Clay’s Quilt (here at Bookshop / at Amazon)

An interview with him:


Super random.

Elvis shrines on Flickr

The Houston Art Car Experience is May 14-16 at the Orange Show

This coming week, might make jalapeno popper gougeres from Bon Appetit // Souffle Suissesse from London’s La Gavroche // challah breakfast bread pudding from D’artagnan // braided cheddar loaf from W-S // herby spring chicken pot pie from BBC Good Food // baked salmon in creamy spinach sauce from delicious mag UK

So maybe Shiner, Texas is (still) the birthplace of the hamburger

Starbucks order atrocities, and the puppaccino is maybe my fave

A Canton OH concert poster, for the show Hank Williams was en route to when he passed away, was up for auction and fetched $150k

L&N Seafood Grill biscuits are still made in Boca, at The Grill on Congress

The word groceteria is obsolete in the US, but it’s worthy of a comeback

This map hasn’t been updated since 2018 but can we take a moment for the concentration of Waffle Houses in Atlanta

Lodge Bakeware is new, and exclusive at Williams-Sonoma

“She’s a Southern woman and she ain’t no joke” says Ms Dot’s son, Doug Williams, to a reporter with Spokane, Washington’s KXLY on the white barbecue sauce he makes and sells there. His mother owns Dot’s Soul Food in Hillsboro, Alabama. Wondering what’s in it additionally, though, that makes it appear so yellow in the video clip and in the product website pics (traditional white bbq sauce is bright white).

There are currently Le Cirques in Las Vegas, New Delhi, Mumbai, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi — and a New York City comeback is on the way. For now, 300 lots of O.G. NY Le Cirque / Maccioni family pieces are up for auction through May 12

The Discovery+ show, Restaurant Recovery, has Todd Graves, the founder of Louisiana-based Raising Cane’s, giving each of ten struggling businesses in different cities about $100k of his own money. One of those helped is Poor Boy Lloyd’s in Baton Rouge, another is Crown Candy Kitchen in St Louis

This gentleman’s story most definitely needs to be made into a movie

A bust of Elie Wiesel is added to Washington National Cathedral (and joins several other likenesses there, including Rosa Parks and  Eleanor Roosevelt)

Turning Quonset huts into apartments


WalMart Museum, Bentonville AR

Downtown Bentonville, from a 2014 visit

In the NYT: Bentonville, Arkansas’ incentives to move there to remote workers includes $10k and a bicycle

University Art Galleries at Texas A&M has a collection of cast resin masks on exhibit through May 21, “Cast of Blues,” by artist Sharon McConnell-Dickerson, who is blind. The works are casts of the faces of several musicians, including Bo Diddley and Ruth Brown. Visitors may wear provided gloves and touch the casts.

Louisiana Insider does an episode on how Huey Long shaped Louisiana politics and if, like me, you’re thinking that podcast is going to take years, this one clocks in at less than an hour

Tupelo Hardware Company, Tupelo MS

Tupelo Hardware, 2006.

Connections: Tupelo Hardware (where Gladys bought Elvis’ first guitar) is owned by writer Catherine Lacey‘s (think Who is She at Harper’s, and Certain American States: Stories (Bookshop / Amazon), among others) father.

Patrick Daugherty, Down Where Paradise Lays, Jule Collins Smith Museum, Auburn AL

Patrick Daugherty’s Down where Paradise Lays, on display now at the Jule Collins Smith Museum at Auburn, from a 2021 visit

A Patrick Dougherty sculpture is now on display at Biltmore Estate

Eagle's Restaurant, Birmingham AL

Eagle's Restaurant, Birmingham AL

Eagle’s, from a 2008 visit

The Story Behind this Essential Alabama Soul Food Restaurant, on Eagle’s in Birmingham

“In the beginning, I knew nothing about cooking soul food,” Delores adds. “Oxtails — never cooked ‘em before. Pig feet, pig ears, neck bones, food like that — I never really cooked it. I don’t think I had even eaten it.

“So, I watched her. I asked her to show me how to clean neck bones. She showed me how to clean neck bones. She showed me how to clean chitlins.”

(after, in a pinch, she was left alone to do it) …That day, she says, it hit her that she was finally ready to do this on her own.

“That’s when I realized that I was the cook that I had been looking for,” Delores says. “I had been looking high and low, and I didn’t know it was me.”

Huntsville Botanical Garden

From a visit to the Huntsville Botanical Garden, where the exhibit was hosted in 2018

Sean Kenney’s Nature POP! Made with LEGO® Bricks opened at Cheekwood in Nashville this weekend, and runs through September 5. It includes 38 sculptures made from 800k+ LEGOs.

Jim Oliver's Smokehouse Restaurant, Monteagle TN

The Louvin Brothers Museum at Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse in Monteagle, Tennessee, from a 2013 visit

Really sad to share that that the one-of-a-kind Jim Oliver’s Smoke House in Monteagle, Tennessee was destroyed by fire last week. Among all destroyed, the Louvin Brothers Museum that was housed there. The Louvin Brothers were very, very popular Grand Ole Opry members who grew up in Henagar, Alabama.

Museum of Visionary Art, Baltimore MD

Mosaic at AVAM, from a 2006 visit

American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore has an exhibit, A Visionary Spirit for Invention that’s off-limits to the public (it’s at the residence of the EU Ambassador to the US). Images of it are at the link above, but I didn’t see information for that really great suspended piece featured at the top of the page. I wrote to the museum, and they were kind enough to let me know that it’s Julian Harr‘s “Orville Wright’s American Flyer” 2003, made of carved pine, in the museum’s permanent collection as a gift of Paula Swanson

Would love to see the AVAM’s Secret Life of Earth exhibit, which is on through September 5 this year.

Ugo Rondinone's Seven Magic Mountains outside Las Vegas

Seven Magic Mountains, from a 2017 visit

Fabulous fabulous fabulous: the Seven Magic Mountains installation by Ugo Rondinone south of Las Vegas will have another restoration meaning it may stay up an additional five years. Went to it a few years ago and it is not to be missed.

Very much appreciated this video on Rothko’s art, especially the explanation of those dark pieces that are intended to be viewed up close, to be almost engulfed.

Looking forward to seeing the Rothko Chapel again this summer in Houston.

Mardis Mill Falls, Cleveland AL

Shug at MMF

Had a super busy week. Spent some glorious time outdoors, including at Mardis Mill Falls in Blount County, Alabama. I’m two weeks post second vaxx, so I’m going to celebrate soon by masking up and do my own grocery shopping in over a year. Haaaa! I missed it.  We’re super proud: an interview with Shug was published at a kids’ website where he coded something with 250k+ views. Everybody happy and working hard and enjoying springtime. Hope you are too. xoxo!