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Arts & Culture

Southern Art Is “the Mind of America”

Jerry Saltz on faking it till you make it, going down Instagram rabbit holes, and why the creativity pouring from the South is so vital

My Town

My Town: Keith Smythe Meacham’s Stylish Nashville

Just in time for Nashville Design Week

Arts & Culture

A Southern Survey with John Grisham

The mega-best-selling author dishes on his favorite cookbooks, the Mississippi haunt that started it all, and why he won’t describe his new book in one sentence

Arts & Culture

Alabama Chanin Makes It

“I wish there was a way to go back and soothe the younger me,” says Natalie Chanin, whose gorgeous new book celebrates two decades of soulful Southern style

Arts & Culture

Watch the Oldest Footage of Mardi Gras

The 1898 film is quite a spectacle—and an exhibition shares more of New Orleans’s most intricate carnival designs

Arts & Culture

Literature’s Long History of Loving Swamps

A fascinating new book by Annie Proulx reveals the mystery and majesty of fens, bogs, and swamps

Drinks

The Elle Rio Cocktail Is Full of Surprises

A New Orleans cocktail tastes like whiskey, but the starring spirit is…

Recipe

Savory Drunken Shellfish Simmered in Bourbon

Bourbon mussels are just one of many surprising flavor combinations in Justin Sutherland’s new Southern-inspired home-cooking book

Arts & Culture

Nicholas Sparks on His New Book, Southern Stereotypes, and His Favorite Spots in Florida and North Carolina

“The biggest thing that people get wrong about the South is that they think all Southern accents are the same”

Recipe

Can She-Crab Soup Get Any Better? Maybe, If You Pour It Over Fries

People can’t stop ordering the combo at this new restaurant on Isle of Palms, South Carolina

Arts & Culture

Frances Mayes Finds the Meaning of Home

In her lovely new book, the best-selling author of Under the Tuscan Sun welcomes readers into both her Southern and Italian estates

Gardens

​​A Mountain Wonderland in Cashiers

Terraces bolster a floral North Carolina paradise

Books

The Author James Lee Burke Gets Personal

In his timely new novel, the eighty-five-year-old literary titan shares more of himself than ever before

Travel

My Town: Beaufort, South Carolina

The director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center shares his favorite spots in Beaufort County

Travel

A Guide to Summer in Asheville

Plan a three-day getaway with plenty of art, delicious bites, and lush gardens in the buzzy North Carolina mountain town

Recipes

A Butterscotch Pudding I Won’t Soon Forget

With Scotch and brown sugar, “the record goes to a customer who ate three in one sitting.”

Recipes

A Champagne Cocktail with a Tequila Twist

The surprise ingredient makes for a refreshing springtime brunch sipper

Music

Stellar Music Releases Coming for Record Store Day

Southern music fans are in for a treat

Gardens

For the Love of the Folly

A trio of garden buildings celebrate form, function, and a little bit of funk

Good Hunting

Six Items to Make Your Travels More Enjoyable

Favorite finds for the plane, train, or automobile