Edited By William M. Reynolds
Chapter Twenty: Reasons for Moving: Reading Lessons from Southern-Sacred Textuality
Reasons for Moving: Reading Lessons from Southern-Sacred Textuality
BRANDON L. SAMS
“My Dear, find what you love and let it kill you.”
—attributed, perhaps falsely, to Charles Bukowski,
“Really it is very simple, at least for a fellow like me; so simple that it is easily overlooked. The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life.”
—Walker Percy, The Moviegoer
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I should save this admission for the end, after having sufficient space and opportunity to reflect on the South, my life and work in the South, and what reading, writing, and learning (in and out of school) might make possible for those who call the South home. “Reasons for moving” slightly misses the mark, as this essay is as much about staying put as it is about moving away. The South has always been home for me, both literally and figuratively. While there are many reasons for moving (away, anywhere but here), there are as many for staying and doing the work of reading, teaching, and living. I suspect many of the reasons—for moving, for staying—are the same. In and through this writing, I have learned the many responsibilities to a place that emerge from being in/from a place and, perhaps more importantly, from trying to understand that place.
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