Seasonal High Notes

Characters referenced, Stax recalled, and the South defined.

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Roy Blount Jr. on how to tell a story.

Julia Reed on how to throw a party. John T. Edge on how to eat. And Jonathan Miles on how to drink.

They’re writers on topics dear to any self-respecting Southerner, and all four — in addition to dozens of others — have contributed to a handsome how-to book from the editors of Garden & Gun magazine, The Southerner’s Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life (HarperWave).

Among the “others” in this collection of more than 100 informative but light-hearted instructional essays is contributor Chris Davis, a writer for Memphis magazine and weekly writer for its sister publication, the Memphis Flyer, where you can read him on local theater, local music, and local doings in general. Davis’ triple topics in The Southerner’s Handbook: how to talk about William Faulkner (when you’ve never made it past page six of The Sound and the Fury); how to look and sound like a blues singer (in this the 21st century); and how to fit your feet into a pair of cowboy boots.

Look to The Southerner’s Handbook as a fitting gift this holiday season. The watchword of the season? Take it from Jonathan Miles, an authority on Southern spirits: Cheers!  


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