This is seriously overdue.
Jamey has an essay in the 12th Annual Southern Music issue of Oxford American. Her name’s on the cover and everything. Her essay, “Hating the Blues,” is pretty stellar. It’s worth buying the issue just for her essay, but because it’s Oxford American, the entire issue is wonderful. There’s work from Tom Franklin, Dan Baum, Daniel Wallace, as well as Alex Cook, my fellow 225 Magazine writer and also a way-back-when patron of Baton Rouge’s M’s Fine and Mellow Cafe. So, Jamey‘s in great company. You should check out the extra online interview of Jamey (and everybody) — she sounds frighteningly brilliant and creative. Which, actually, she is.
And speaking of 225 Magazine, and while I’m bragging, I’m seriously remiss in mentioning my latest 225 piece. So remiss that there are two new ones now! December’s contribution is a review of the Autumn issue of The Southern Review, which celebrated its 75th year in 2010. And just now, the newest, a review of a book of stories called The Prospect of Magic, went up on the website, though it’s in the January issue.
There are a few people in my life who are achieving some personal milestones — moving to a new city, divorcing, marrying, going back to school, finding 2nd and 3rd careers, trying to discover what they really want to be when they grow up — but this isn’t the forum to divulge details or hyperlinks regarding those achievements. Yet, I want to brag on them, too. I want my friends and family to know that I’m proud of them for persevering, for surviving and for thriving. These things are entirely brag-worthy.