Song of the South
J. C. Gabel
by John Jeremiah Sullivan
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“I was under the tragic spell of the South, which either you’ve felt or you haven’t,” John Jeremiah Sullivan writes in “Mr. Lytle: An Essay,” from his new collection, Pulphead. “In my case,” he continues, “it was acute because, having grown up in Indiana with a Yankee father, a child exile from Kentucky roots of which I was overly proud, I’d long been aware of a faint nowhereness to my life.”
Sullivan’s previous book, Blood Horses, was an extended meditation on the horse, adapted from a gripping cover story he wrote for Harper’s Magazine in 2002, “Horseman, Pass By.” I remember thinking it was one of the best magazine stories I had read in ages—a perfect blend of reportage, personal essay, cultural criticism, and amateur-historian musings.
Pulphead follows in this same tradition, collecting much of Sullivan’s
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