The Short Life of Bessie Taylor

The Short Life of Bessie Taylor

By Amy Barnes “My old man’s a refrigerator repairman. What do you think about that?” I said goodbye to Bessie the summer I turned twelve. It was a slow death made worse by the Alabama heat that lingered even at night, bed sheets semi-damp despite giant fans circling...
Brains Are the New Black

Brains Are the New Black

The Value of Intelligence in the Southern Women’s Wardrobes  The airheaded Southern Belle is practically a Jungian Archetype. Long ago, pop culture shrink-wrapped Southern women in tight wholesome packages, saddling them with ideals of propriety and pride in being the...
Marble Tar-Babies

Marble Tar-Babies

Inheriting Civil War Stuff In Joel Chandler Harris’s “The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story,” the turpentine and tar stick figure stays still and silent throughout the two-page short story. Yet, it’s the Tar-Baby’s refrain from polite speech that draws the ire of Brer Rabbit...