Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

The Bold and Generous Spirit of Lee Smith

No one has tapped into Southern truths quite like the Virginia-raised author, whose fifteen novels span Appalachia to the Florida Keys. Just ask the legion of writers who praise Smith for guiding their own stories

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An Artist Finds Peace Underwater

Painter Calida Rawles finds power in the pool


A Sneakerhead in the Kitchen: 450 Air Jordans and Counting

Virginia chef Travis Milton serves up a mouthwatering batch of Air Jordans

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Laughing All the Way with Writer R. Eric Thomas

The Baltimore-raised essayist, novelist, playwright, and screenwriter on being funny, a plague of frogs, and his new book about returning to his roots

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How an Arkansas Bookstore Preserves What Gets Left Behind in Used Books

At Dickson Street Bookshop, time capsules capture misplaced, lost, and discarded treasures


Around the World in Five Southern Cookbooks

New blue-ribbon reads worth a spot in the kitchen

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Southern Streaming: Pat Conroy, a Royal Romcom, and Those Soul-Crushing Florida Gators 

SEC football documentaries lead August’s top series, movies, and podcasts with Southern ties

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A Dream Realized at a New Art Gallery in Durham

Ella West Gallery brings back beauty and energy to the historically rich Black Wall Street—and creates an anchor for fine art in the South

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Step into the World of the Carolina Shag

For almost a century, one dance has captured the spirit of the coast and beyond. Follow along with three generations of the Free family as they pivot, belly roll, and boogie walk to keep the tradition alive

Country Accent

Vivian Howard’s Lessons in Rural Manners

Finger waving, grocery greetings, and other essentials

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Five-Word Stories About Stifling Southern Summers 

Our readers sum up the South’s muggy months with brief tales of sunset swims, lightweight linen, icy imbibements, and more


Dennis Quaid’s Gospel Truth

Silver screen, small screen, even your music stream—the Houston native has them covered

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A Forgotten Kentucky Artist Gets Her Due

Alma Wallace Lesch’s textile artwork incorporated seed sacks, vintage clothing, and bags of chicken feed to stitch together a fascinating vision of rural life


Kitsch No More: Shell Decor That Will Make You Swoon

A South Carolina artist nails how to come down on the side of chic

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Flowers on Fabric

Sydni Gause captures cosmos, hibiscus, goldenrod, and more Florida botanicals on silk

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How a Red Spruce from North Carolina Became a Real-Life Giving Tree

After bringing joy at the holidays, “Ruby” will go on to share the gift of music with future generations


A Nashville Watchmaker Looks Back in Time

Cameron Weiss carries on the age-old craft in the Music City

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Seven Cultural High Points of North Georgia

A poet’s homestead, a Smithsonian affiliate, and more thought-provoking stops in the Blue Ridge Mountains

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Southern Streaming: the Sweet Magnolias Return—and So Does Raylan Givens

Chill out this July with Southern-inflected series, movies, and podcasts

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The Big Summer Reading List

G&G staff and contributors pick their favorite new novels, bold memoirs, and beach reads, plus a few books to put on preorder