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Category Archives: Essays
“You know Buddy, right? He says he knows you from junior high.” I played along with Jo Beth, not wanting her to know that I had no idea who this “Buddy” was. I knew my Buddy’s. I was a Buddy. … Continue reading
Every Sunday for the first ten years of my life, I went to church. In all that time, I missed the part in the Bible where it told me that I was in charge of letting Jesus into my heart. … Continue reading
The press materials for Michael Farris Smith’s upcoming novel Rivers compare it to The Road, Cormac McCarthy’s 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning journey through post-apocalyptic Appalachia. The comparison is obvious from a marketing perspective, though it may be a blessing as well … Continue reading
When I was ten, I would sit on the floor in front of the television, winking at the door-length mirror angled towards me. Wearing periwinkle Danskin elastic-waist shorts and a striped sleeveless top, I hugged my bare knees to my … Continue reading
What must my father have felt when he came into the house at the end of the day, and his five-year-old daughter held her arms up to him, and her breasts were nearly as large as those of a grown … Continue reading
Secrets are opened in moments like this: “Daddy, why are you and Mommy sleeping in different bedrooms?” The befuddled Daddy stares at his six-year old son, a boy not old enough to understand that he wasn’t supposed to ask this … Continue reading
What does a small-town Southern boy take away from watching grown men in tights faking their way through “Boston Crabs,” “Sleeper-holds,” and “Neck-Breakers?” When I was growing up, I remember that the weakest of our four TV channels—WBMG 42—aired from … Continue reading