Tuesday, August 17, 2004

annals of geoepistomology

Clay Risen and Maud Newton savage the latest attempt to reify "The South." How retarded is the NYRB to publish this Fox-y bullshit? I guess they're gearing up for the convention.

When I was a kid, the only thing we could all agree on was the backwardness of the others. (Mostly, at the time, they came from "The Midwest" -- "The South" was something of a mystery). But, as anyone who has lived in New England for any amount of time knows, it is full of truly terrifying slackjawed cretins, in both urban and backwoods flavors. One-toothed rednecks, venemous bigots, moonshiners, speedfreaks, NASCAR fans, poor people... whatever you fancy in exotic depravity, no need to travel, Mr. Simic. Get out of your Volvo and look around.

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