Have you ever asked yourself, Am I southern? If not geographically, then deep down, at heart? Or, if I am not southern myself, do I know people who are southern, whom I misunderstand? Is there some authority I should consult?"Crackers." Without this book, you will just flail around in the shallows of Southernity, with nothing solid to hold onto. Roy Blount Jr. puts you in touch with possums, heterosexist dancing, people named Junior, a two-headed four-armed three-legged gospel-singing man, your feelings about the Carter administration. These specifics take you out into the depths.As a character in "Crackers" puts it, "I don't read books about the South, but I read southern books. Hoooo, people stealing one another's wooden legs, setting fires, making tarbabies out of one another. . . .""Crackers" is a southern book.
Roy Blount, Jr.'s works include "Alphabet Juice"; "Long Time Leaving: Dispatches From Up South"; "Robert E. Lee"; "Feet on the Street: Rambles Around New Orleans"; and "Roy Blount's Book of Southern Humor." He is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and a panelist on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me."