Food, Drink, and Pop Culture in Southern Photography “I HAD THIS NOTION of what I called a democratic way of looking around, that nothing was more or less important.” That’s how Memphis native William Eggleston, the color photography pioneer, describes his approach to capturing his surroundings. Eggleston’s primary-hued world of grocery-store parking lots, drive-in restaurants, … Continued
My first time on Bourbon Street was en route elsewhere. I’d avoided it every time I came to New Orleans, falling more and more deeply for this city, learning the little bars of the French Quarter that I loved, each for a different reason. Arnaud’s French 75 for its eponymous champagne cocktail, graciousness of service, … Continued
How pop culture is reading about pop culture?
AT THE INTERSECTION OF POP CULTURE and vernacular art, Mississippi artist Earl Wayne Simmons works. Born in 1956, Simmons has lived and labored for most of his life in Bovina, a few miles east of Vicksburg. As a child he fashioned toys from found objects and developed a grade-school passion for drawing and painting. By … Continued
His grandmother ran a country store in Thomaston, Georgia. Though the store burned before Smith can remember, he recalls playing in the woods behind the tumbledown remains, riffling through junked advertising signs. Like art, advertisements carry embedded messages, Smith realized. Through art, he has recognized the complement. Much of Smith’s work is rooted in Thomaston, … Continued
the pass at Hannibal’s Kitchen, Charleston. #PopSouth2015 A photo posted by F. Griffin Bufkin (@fgriffinbufkin) on Jan 31, 2015 at 10:38am PST Melissa Hall, on this shot from F. Griffin Bufkin’s Instagram: “Most of the time, the journey through a pass is a once-in-a-lifetime experience fraught with danger. But in meat-and-three and Soul Food restaurants … Continued
Kat Kinsman’s piece “Watching What We Eat” was a painful read for me.
A new episode of Gravy is ready for your ears! And it’s one that has all the ingredients for a bracing story: caffeine and religion. In our second episode, writer T Cooper heads to Knoxville, Tennessee, to learn about a new trend making its way across the South: devout Christians are opening coffeeshops as gathering … Continued
This article first appeared in issue #53 of our Gravy quarterly. The author, Angela Jill Cooley, is an assistant professor of history at Minnesota State University-Mankato. She was the SFA’s first postdoctoral foodways fellow. Golden Arches & White Spaces Race in Early Fast-Food Places by Angela Jill Cooley Much attention is given to the role of the lunch counter in the … Continued