"Here in South Carolina, where the hangovers come quickly and often, the cures are mind-numbing and questionable. Every good booze glutton has probably tried the standbys: two gallons of water, enough Goody's Powder sleeves to construct a lifesize origami swan, Krystal hamburgers, hair of the dog, and a slew of over-the-counter, sure-fire remedies usually sold next to condoms, batteries, playing cards, and scratch tickets at the local convenience store."
I know I'm behind the curve on this, given that the issue came out in Spring 2005. I picked up a copy at the Southern Festival of Books in Memphis a month back and am just now getting through it.
Here's the rant:
As much as I love some of the individual pieces, like the Singleton essay quoted above, I'm having some big bad issues with the issue at hand. It appears, according to the OA and guest editor John T. Edge, that women aren't able to write about Southern food.
If I've done the math correctly, of the 48 bylined pieces listed on the TOC spread, 7 pieces are created by women. And two of those are photos essays by the same woman, Debbie Fleming Caffery.
So, what, women don't eat in the South? Or don't write? Or don't write about the cultural significer of Southern food (you know -- pigs, biscuits and pawpaws) in ways that appeal to John T. Edge? What am I missing here? Explain it to me in very small words how I shouldn't find it alarming that less than 20 percent of the issue's writers are female?
While I'm on the subject of puzzling periodical editorial choices, I also picked up an issue of Kiwi a couple of weeks back and won't pick up another. The line between editorial and advertising is a thin one in Kiwiland and I don't need to pay $4 to read stories that predominantly feature the magazine's advertisers. I'm funny like that.
In a bit of news that has nothing to do with magazines -- I'll be doing something tomorrow morning that I've long thought I wouldn't be able to do and that I'm just a little bit afraid of. Details if I make it.
And, no Dad, I will not be skydiving.