Edited By William M. Reynolds
Preface: Old Times There Are Not Forgotten
Old Times There are Not Forgotten
William M. Reynolds
Southerners of both races share a rootedness that even in moments of anger and pain we have been unable to repudiate or ignore, for the South—all of what it is—is in us all. As with Quentin Compson speaking in his pent-up frenzy to his Canadian roommate at Harvard, we love it and we hate it and we cannot turn our backs on it. (Morris, 1981, p. 75)
I don’t normally write a preface, chapters, articles, or even emails on planes. But as I sat down in my seat on a flight from Baltimore and was waiting for the plane to take off, I found a new issue of Delta Sky Magazine (November, 2013) in the seat pocket. Trying to relieve the boredom of waiting, I thumbed through the magazine and was shocked to find the article “Why Southern Food Is so Hot.” My claim has been that America has gone South both politically and culturally (Reynolds, 2013), and there, in the seat pocket of the plane, was another confirmation not only of this claim, but also of the trendy commodification of the South. Southernness is in, and you can buy it everywhere.
Thanks to our collective yearning for food with a distinct sense of place, down-home Southern staples such as barbecue, bourbon, and biscuits have never been hotter. Their reach is extending well beyond their humble...
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