Understanding a place like Mississippi

By Gary Lloyd  I’ve spent quite a bit of time swimming deep in the words Henry David Thoreau penned about Walden Pond, the novella Ernest Hemingway authored about a man battling a marlin in the Gulf Stream, and the colorful descriptions Rick Bragg illustrated about Mobile Bay.  I have not spent much time diving into … Continue reading Understanding a place like Mississippi

Making sense of the muse

I’ve heard Pulitzer Prize winner and renowned Alabama author Rick Bragg speak several times about “the muse,” that source of creativity a writer relies on to put words on a page. He has not spoken of “the muse” glowingly. Writing, like anything else, is a job, he says. It’s hard work. You write for creativity, … Continue reading Making sense of the muse

Pretty Words, Pretty Birds

Rick Bragg called it “pretty writing.” The Pulitzer Prize winner and University of Alabama writing professor, the one who made his name in the writing world at the foot of the rubble in Oklahoma City, the same man who armed himself only with a pen and notepad amongst the unrest and bullets in Haiti and … Continue reading Pretty Words, Pretty Birds

Lasting Lines

You know that great one-liner from your favorite movie? Or how you can quote seemingly every episode of Friends? It happens with books, too. For whatever reasons, these pages are standing out to me tonight. My Reading Life by Pat Conroy The Prince of Frogtown by Rick Bragg   All Over but the Shoutin' by Rick … Continue reading Lasting Lines

Professor Pulitzer

This story is the epilogue to Gary Lloyd's book, Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South. Get it here.   Most people know him through his poignant books on his family, his longform stories on New York bodegas under siege, a bomb in Oklahoma City, a South Carolina mother who drowned her sons, and an … Continue reading Professor Pulitzer