Friday
Aug222014

A reading from Flannery O'Connor

 

"Whenever I’m asked why Southern writers particularly have a penchant for writing about freaks, I say it is because we are still able to recognize one. To be able to recognize a freak, you have to have some conception of the whole man, and in the South the general conception of man is still, in the main, theological. That is a large statement, and it is dangerous to make it, for almost anything you say about Southern belief can be denied in the next breath with equal propriety. But approaching the subject from the standpoint of the writer, I think it is safe to say that while the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted. The Southerner, who isn’t convinced of it, is very much afraid that he may have been formed in the image and likeness of God. Ghosts can be very fierce and instructive. They cast strange shadows, particularly in our literature. In any case, it is when the freak can be sensed as a figure for our essential displacement that he attains some depth in literature." - O'Connor

Friday
Aug082014

Sherman's March

If you havent had a chance, I highly recommend this amazingly humorous film about a director's quest for love in the Deep South while following the path of General Sherman's historic march on the South set in the nuclear age. Ive attached a link to the full movie streaming!

Film: http://www.fandor.com/films/shermans_march

Friday
Feb072014

WELL WELL WELL

Check out this wonderful video production by Dustin Timbrook for the Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment website!

Thursday
Jan092014

FOR SALE

"Rollins I"
Lacquer ink screen print on paper, custom frame 
34" x 28" (in frame)
*one of a kind*

$500 + shipping

email chadburtonjohnson@gmail.com if interested



Friday
Dec202013

Mortality in the South during the Civil War

Here's an interesting read: 

http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/national_cemeteries/death.html

 

"In such circumstances, tens of thousands of soldiers died unknown, and tens of thousands of families were left without any consoling knowledge of their loved ones’ fates, circumstances of death, or place of burial.  At least half of the Civil War dead were never identified.  As the war continued, these realities became increasingly intolerable, and Americans worked in both official and informal ways to combat such dehumanization and loss.  Soldiers endeavored to locate, inter, and honor slain comrades; merchants created and marketed identity disks for soldiers; the men themselves pinned their scribbled names to their uniforms before especially dangerous encounters.  Voluntary organizations like the U.S. Sanitary Commission emerged and devoted their energies to compiling lists of killed and wounded from hundreds of Union hospitals, creating records of battlefield burials, and offering aid to families in locating the lost and, for those with means, shipping embalmed bodies home.  Families swarmed to battle sites in the aftermath of engagements to search for dead or wounded relatives, actively seeking information otherwise unavailable to them, hoping to fill what one northern observer called the “dread void of uncertainty.”