Hold on to your boards, dudes and dudettes. The Oxford American\'s about to overwhelm you with some totally gnarly websurfing…in the form of four new far-out online columnists!
THE OXFORD AMERICAN was profoundly shaken to learn of the loss of our good friend and essential contributor William Gay. William had just recently begun an online music column for us, \"THE LOST CHORD.\" Appreciate William Gay\'s last \"THE LOST CHORD\" column (and easy access to all of his \"LOST CHORD\" writings). Also read tributes by his online editor, Natalie Elliott, and his hard-copy editor and old pal, Marc Smirnoff.
Before William Gay\'s passing, Team OA had already signed up another great music writer, Pat Cochran, to COMPLEMENT William\'s column. Now Pat replaces William. We will always miss William, but Pat is a special talent, too (he had TWO contributions in our last music issue), and we are proud to debut Pat Cochran\'s \"DUST CRACKLES & TAPE HISS: Wild & Far-Out Sounds from the South\" on our site.
Because there is no place in the world like New Orleans—and nothing in the world like New Orleans style and fashion—we are ultra-pleased to debut L. Kasimu Harris\'s new fashion-photography column about New Orleans fashion: \"PARISH CHIC: New Orleans Style for Men & Women.\" The world needs to hear about the exclusive and eye-expanding style and fashion of New Orleans…and now it can!
Southern fiction is brimming over with talent and masterpieces (and everything in between), and to chart this complex map, we are ecstatic to offer a new column on Southern books by a young, vibrant talent named Marion Field, a former OXFORD AMERICAN staffer. Ms. Field\'s column is called \"FIELD NOTES: The Wide World of Southern Fiction.\"
Speaking of OXFORD AMERICAN staffers, the impressive Natalie Elliott debuts a new online film column for us called \"MISS ON SCENE: The Many Loves of a Southern Cinephile.\" Ms. Elliott\'s scintillating perspective promises sass, style, and the unexpected.
Four debut columns aren\'t all you\'ll find on our revamped OXFORD AMERICAN website. We are also providing spin-offs of RADNESS from our latest issue on the Visual South, including:
Sixty more great contemporary Southern artists (as selected by their peers!) in the online continuation of the feature \"100 UNDER 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art.\" (We presented 40 of the 100 artists in the magazine, and the 60 artists online represent the remaining finalists.)
More awe-inspiring photographs of the New Orleans artist George Dureau in his studio as taken by another artist, the photographer Shannon Brinkman. We didn\'t have room in the magazine for all the dramatic Brinkman shots, so we are running the beautiful excess here. If you don\'t know the photographs and paintings of George Dureau, Ms. Brinkman\'s photographs are a great introduction. Some people have said Dureau was the inspiration for Robert Mapplethorpe.
The strange but oddly captivating video of Timothy Hursley\'s Alabama Silo, captured in time-lapse, as it withstands rain, lightning, and even a tornado.
More artistry in the form of shot-from-the-hip photography by the late Oxford denizen Jim Higgins. (We also include Lisa Howorth\'s touching tribute to Higgins from the issue.)
In addition to all of the above, our bodacious online departments are in the process of filling out with more new content, such as:
\"SOUTHERN LINKS: A Literary Roundup Featuring Recent & Odd Blips from & About the South.\"
\"VELVET CURTAINS & MUDDY DRAWERS: Moments in Southern Fashion.\"
Photographs from this year\'s Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference in Chicago!
Album reviews and streams! Book reviews!
Holy guacamole! (No link, but use your imagination….)
Swwwweeeeeeeeet! But hang ten little kahunas, that\'s not all. More waves of righteous websurf will be coming your way every week this spring and summer, so keep your boards and bods oiled and your toes on the nose, ladies and bros—this is only the FIRST WAVE of new OA online content….
SOLOST: BO BARTLETT\'S MAGIC WORLD
Bo Bartlett is an American original. A realist painter with a deliciously surreal touch, the Columbus, Georgia-born artist was a protégé and life-long friend of Andrew Wyeth. His haunting and epic tableaus evoke a Hopper-like sense of longing and mystery combined with a Lynchian-cocktail of menace, beauty and stranger-then-fiction reality.
A natural traveler with an entire planet of subject matter to pick from, it might surprise some to learn that Bartlett chooses to spend several months each year painting in the modest Columbus, Georgia, home he grew up in -- in fact to paint in the very bedroom that was his as a child. But it is in fact the place where Bartlett goes each winter and where some of his most vital work is born.
\"It\'s a magic world,\" says Bo, and indeed it is. Come see where some of it is born....
SoLost, The Oxford American\'s original video series, won the 2011 National Magazine Award for Video.
JOIN US FOR EVENTS NEAR YOU!
March 13 in Little Rock, Arkansas:
The Oxford American joins the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in hosting Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, during his first visit to Arkansas.
Chairman Landesman will participate in a panel discussion with Oxford American Publisher Warwick Sabin, Rep Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp, and National Trust for Historic Preservation Field Director Beth Wiedower. Arkansas Arts Council Executive Director Joy Pennington will moderate the panel on \"Creative Placemaking in Arkansas.\"
Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe will introduce the conversation.
The panel discussion takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. at The Rep at 601 Main Street, and it is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the discussion at 5 p.m.
March 29 in New Orleans, Louisiana:
VISUAL SOUTH issue launch party at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art from 5 to 7 p.m.!
Coming in April:
Look for us in Georgia in for VISUAL SOUTH events in partnership with SCAD.
The new Visual South Issue and its associated online content is made possible by SCAD: The University for Creative Careers.
The state of Mississippi is heavily forested. Its name comes from the Mississippi River. Golf, tennis and boating are year round sports. Jackson is the state's capital and largest city
Biloxi is a port at the Gulf of Mexico and an important tourist center. The lighthouse, the National library and the network of well-known gambling houses are its main attractions
Small friendly town of Mccomb nestled in the southwest corner of Mississippi more than once was honoured with the title of "The Hospitality City of the Hospitality State"
The small town of Natchez, celebrated for its luxirious planter mansions in antebellum style built before the Civil War, preserves the peculiar atmosphere of prosperous Old South
Vicksburg is an important cultural center of the state, famous first of all for its National Military Park, containing a very great number of American Civil war monuments and memorials
In the small town of Olive Branch is located the largest Bonsai grower in America, Brussel's Bonsai Nursery, where they cultivate and sale all kinds of dwarf trees
Mississippi Petrified Forest is listed as a National Natural Landmark. The site features a museum with large collection of plant fossils found in every state and from other countries
William Faulkner's house "Rowan-Oak" was purchased by Mississippi University in 1972 and everything there is carefully preserved as it was during the writer's lifetime
Each year more than 30 000 people visit the World Catfish Festival in the small town of Belzoni, bearing the title of Farm-Raised Catfish Capital of the World