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pollack moves up on my list*

Go read what Neal Pollack has to say about this stupid site I had planned to ignore:

The south gave us Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Michael Jordan, Hank Williams, Tennessee Williams, fried chicken, Gone With The Wind, Truman Capote, pecan pie, barbecue, Mark Twain, and manned flight. The list goes on and on. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington were both from Virginia, both founding fathers and both gun-toting slave owners. If you say 'fuck the South," you're saying fuck Nashville and Charlotte and Charleston, and Atlanta, and Austin, and New Orleans, and Athens, Georgia, the city that gave us the B52s and R.E.M. and...OK, well, fuck R.E.M. But that has nothing to do with the South.

I assume this person is a Democrat. The last three Democratic Presidents came from Texas, Georgia, and Arkansas, respectively. I say this to all of you who think it's funny and wise to say "fuck the South." If you fuck the South, you're fucking yourselves.

(Via MeFi.)

*Obviously, I don't agree with everything the man has to say, but on this one, I'm with him 100 percent. Except I still have a soft spot for REM.


  • At 6:54 PM , Blogger Christopher Barzak said...

    Me too. Except yeah, sounds like he has *issues* he hasn't worked through about REM still. ;-)

  • At 8:43 PM , Blogger Rob said...

    Off the subject but did you see the article about Iris Chang's suicide. She had just left Kentucky and something in her research here had disturbed her so much. I wonder what the hell it was?

  • At 11:12 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Onya, Pollack!

    I just gave my third lecture about that site last night to the lovely people who made us a wonderful dinner, but made the mistake of saying it amused them. I'm not Southern (hang on, I'm *more* Southern than any of you--Sydney is way more southerly than Lexington etc. Hmm, I digress . . .) but I have Southern family in Texas and South Carolina and friends in Mississipi, Louisiana, Kentucky, North Carolina and Alabama. They are all amazing, wonderful people. They are well-educated, smart, funny, cool and a damn site smarter than the kneejerk dickeahds behind that stupid site.

    You know, if you want to hate millions of people just because of their geographic location, religion, or whatever how does that make you a liberal? How do you call yourself tolerant or intelligent? There are no blue states or red states; people of different kinds of political, religious and cultural stripes live all over this big wide land and often side by side. Get used to it.


    PS Here are some other amazing Southerners: Zora Neale Hurston, Billie Holliday, Flannery O'Connor, Kate Chopin, Ella Fitzgerald, Patsy Cline, and Edie Brickell.

  • At 11:55 AM , Blogger CAAF said...

    Ah, I was thinking of Zora Neale: There's a description of trees in flower in Their Eyes Were Watching God that I always think of in spring in NC. There's a lushness to spring here that she got just right (along with tons of other things). Also Walker Percy, Shelby Foote.

    Although I also like the idea of the South cooping people that one has always wished one were identified with: So Led Zeppelin, Madame Curie, Charlie Parker, and Joan of Arc. Proud Southerners all !!!!

  • At 12:27 PM , Blogger gwenda said...

    Ladies, you put a spring in my step.

  • At 12:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Patricia Highsmith, Charles Willeford, Rebecca Ore, Willie McTell, John Hurt, Michael Bishop, Alice Walker, Lee Hays, Janis Joplin, John Cullum, Barbara Cook, Faulkner, MLK, Tony Kushner, James Sallis, Gayl Jones. If Mark Twain is a Southerner, that lets Missouri in, and allows us to include Robert Heinlein, Ray Davis, and T.S. Eliot, if you want them.
    --Josh Lukin, who's feeling some anti-Ohioan sentiments directed against him and wanted to be supportive of someone in a similar position.

  • At 3:28 PM , Blogger Syntax of Things said...

    The list could go on: Booker T. Washington, Eudora Welty, Barry Hannah, Richard Wright; Neutral Milk Hotel, Jim White, Butthole Surfers; Hank Aaron, Willie Mays.

    Fried okra.

    Oxford, MS

    The National Peanut Festival.

  • At 3:46 PM , Blogger CAAF said...

    That's so funny you mention the Butthole Surfers. I've always been inordinately proud that the Violent Femmes were from Milwaukee, WI, and that I was able to brag that I knew a guy who knew a guy who knew a guy who knew the singer, who reportedly used to walk around high school in a bathrobe.


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