Saturday, September 10, 2005

Scalzi's Weekend Assignment #76: Reasons I love the South

Tell us something you love about or from the American South.

There are many things that I love about the south, from ice tea to Tex Mex to the unending, wonderful hum of cicadas in the summertime. Although I was born and raised in the frozen north, I grew up loving cemeteries, and one of my favorite places in the south is Bonaventure Cemetery, in Savannah, Georgia. This is the cemetery featured in John Berendt's terrific 1995 book, Midnight in the Garden of Goodness and Evil. I've been there twice, and the above photo is one of many I took in that beautiful cemetery. If you're planning a visit, I recommend the phenomenally pulchritudinous (do I sound Southern Gothic, or what?) and coincidentally romantic (although I've yet to go there with a sweetheart) Hamilton-Turner Inn.

As for BEST BARBECUE - well, I thinkthat'd have to be Texas, of course. I did the Texas Barbecue Circuit (yes, there is such a thing) with my oldest daughter, Alex, and her fiance, Chris, this spring, and after sampling barbecue at a number of places, we decided that, hands down, Black's Barbecue was the best...and for what it's worth, they ship nationwide.


Mary said...

I chose cemeteries also!

monponsett said...

In the Garden of Goodness and Evil, do patches of irises or lilies suddenly give way to a big patch of marijuana or coca?

Robin said...

I guess almost everyone loves a good cemetery!

Judith said...

"Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" was an excellent book! The movie wasn't as good, despite John Cusak being a great actor.

bjcornett said...

I'm a southerner born and bred and from my perspective "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" was nothing more then a smirk by a yankee at the South. Clint Eastwood's movie continued in that spirit with a wink that everyone knows this is how people are in the South and all they're good for is a laugh.

Name one southern actor in Midnight.

How can you take the tragic aspect of people's lives and make a comedy out of it? The people whose lives that book was based on were actual people with worth and who had feelings.

That book is in the same catagory as "Confederates in the Attic".

Truly there are wonderful characters and stories in the south but they are only worth telling when told through the eyes of people who know and love the South before half of the yankee world moved here.