An Exploration of Tackiness

“The Tacky South,” a collection of essays edited by Katharine A. Burnett and Monica Carol Miller, features a wide range of writers examining instances of “tackiness” to explain how this particular aesthetic category has functioned over time, and with Dolly Parton as a recurring centerpiece.

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“Music and Mystique in Muscle Shoals” Chronicles a Legendary Music Scene

An interview with Christopher Reali about “Music and Mystique in Muscle Shoals.”

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“Daffodil Hill” Is a True Story About Resilience, Autonomy, and Farm Animals

A review of Jake Keiser’s memoir, “Daffodil Hill.”

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The Myth of Resilience Recast: Emi Nietfeld’s “Acceptance”

With insight and humor, Emi Nietfeld’s memoir, “Acceptance,” interrogates the social structures that sometimes supported and frequently ensnared Nietfeld as a young woman.

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An Outsider’s Reckoning in “Twilight in Hazard”

In “Twilight in Hazard,” journalist Alan Maimon weaves political commentary, social analysis, and personal narrative of Appalachia.

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“The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois” Tells the Story of American History through Personal Family History

A review of Honorée Fanonne Jeffers’ book, “The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois,” now available in paperback.

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An Environmental Manifesto from 1937 in”Hounds on the Mountain”

A review of James Still’s poetry collection, “Hounds on the Mountain,” reflecting on nature, life, death, self-sufficiency and survival.

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