Share your inexhaustible voice.
A semester of culture and inquiry
Fall 2016 Sneak Peak
by Katherine Waldrop
A diagnosis in a Mississippi strip mall calls for woman's best friend
My mother was driving and I was counting telephone wires with a little red dachshund in my lap. I paired them off by twos with a click of my teeth and no one had to know. Click by click by click and we were all safe. It never mattered how cautious she was. Seat belts were no guarantee. I trained myself to ignore the thoughts in my head, the fear, the demands to jump. Just count the wires and if the wires weren’t there, count something else. Always be counting, always by twos.
Her car smelled like home - nothing distinct but always familiar. I imagined my house smelled like fabric softener and dachshunds, but the intimacy of her CRV created a concentration of Mom. It should have comforted me. Mothers are protectors, but no one was protecting her. So I counted. I counted and stayed in the car...
Read more of Benson in our 2016 Fall Issue, coming Tuesday, November 29
The Heart of Ole Miss
by Bethany Fitts
A brief history of the Grove at Ole Miss
and the land's lasting effect on those who wander beneath its canopy
...The brisk pace we use to rush through the Grove is the same mechanism we use to hurry through our lives, giving little pause for reflection. The rush is our false sanity–our instrument to avoid sitting in the shade of solitude or in the shadow of discontentment which spurs us toward doubt, toward questions, toward change, toward learning and thus–toward life. Even in 1928, scholar and political activist W.A. Lomax could see these traits growing in the heart of Ole Miss when he noted that the “spirit of endeavoring to find out for one’s self the essential truth of things should be given free range, not stifled [as it is at] the University of Mississippi…Original thinking on the part of a student simply can’t be done”...
Read more of The Heart of Ole Miss in our 2016 Fall Issue, coming Tuesday, November 29