In this Book

Gather at the River
summary
To read Hal Crowther is to find yourself agreeing with views on topics you never knew you cared so much about. In Gather at the River, Crowther extends the wide-angle vision of Southern life presented in his highly acclaimed collection Cathedrals of Kudzu. He cuts to the heart of recent political, religious, and cultural issues but pauses to appreciate the sweet things that the South has to offer, like music, baseball, great writers, and strong women. Some of these essays invite debate. Crowther gives a balanced perspective on the tragedy of the Branch Davidians at Waco, shedding light on a different world of religiosity and revealing urban media prejudices for what they are. He describes the unique heroism of a fallen Marine in the Iraq war, a war fought by one class and promoted by another. And his solution to racial conflict—interracial procreation—will jump-start readers' sensibilities. In other chapters, Crowther discusses the grim portrayal of the South in early film and the triumphs of Southern music. His literary essays include appreciations of William Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe, Elizabeth Spencer, and Wendell Berry, and a biting lampoon of exhibitionist memoirs. Among the Southerners Crowther profiles with pride are the art historian and Museum of Modern Art curator Kirk Varnedoe; the great, cursed baseball player Shoeless Joe Jackson; the curmudgeonly realist H. L. Mencken; and the singer Dolly Parton, whose candid artifice inspires the author's litmus test for Southern authenticity.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-9
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xvi
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Tao of Dixie: A Stubborn People
  2. pp. 1-5
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. I. Words and Music: But We Sure Can Sing
  2. pp. 7-27
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Word
  2. pp. 9-29
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Shoes of a Giant
  2. pp. 11-15
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Landmarks: The Three Graces
  2. pp. 16-21
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. First Person Singular: A Boy and His Dog
  2. pp. 22-26
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Oral Misery: The Columbus Syndrome
  2. pp. 27-30
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. "Son of a Preacher Man: Marshall Frady (1940–2004)
  2. pp. 31-38
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Other Appetite: The Literature of Lust
  2. pp. 39-45
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Faulkner and the Mosquitoes
  2. pp. 46-52
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Song
  2. pp. 53-73
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Gather at the River: The O Brotherhood
  2. pp. 55-59
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Movies, Mules, and Music
  2. pp. 60-64
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Nashville: Dolly and the Subterfugitives
  2. pp. 65-70
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Last Song of Father Banjo
  2. pp. 71-75
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. II. Spirits of the Place
  2. pp. 77-97
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Last Autochthon: Listening to the Land
  2. pp. 79-83
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. A Man of the World
  2. pp. 84-88
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Among the True Believers
  2. pp. 89-93
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Storming Heaven
  2. pp. 94-98
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Last Resort
  2. pp. 99-103
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. III. Portrait from Memory: A Fine Disregard
  2. pp. 105-125
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. A Prophet from Savannah
  2. pp. 107-118
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. IV. Objections Sustained
  2. pp. 119-139
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. A Farewell to Arms
  2. pp. 121-125
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Old Dragons Sleep
  2. pp. 126-131
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Who’s Your Daddy? Fathers of Us All
  2. pp. 132-137
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Curse of Shoeless Joe
  2. pp. 138-142
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Sacred Art, Southern Fried: Harlots and Hellfire
  2. pp. 143-146
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Mencken and Me: Indiscreet Charms of the Bourgeoisie
  2. pp. 147-165
  3. restricted access Download |
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.