Kicking Back: Further Dispatches from the South
By: John Shelton Reed (author)Hardback
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Why are Northerners offended when Southerners ask them where they go to church? Why are Southerners offended when Californians ask them what they do for exercise? Reed explores cultural differences between North and South, from manners to the treatment of pets. He bemoans the fact that today's Southerners can't make a mint julep, and he reports vigorous indigestion upon leaving his beloved South: "If you want to map the region, maybe you could just point us north and draw the Rolaid line." From a barbecue cook-off in Memphis to a stock-car race in Darlington, from a War Between the States reenactment in North Carolina to a tent meeting (of sorts) in Arkansas, Reed covers the Southern scene. He also rushes in where angels fear to tread, tackling such touchy subjects as date rape, Martin Luther King's plagiarism, the Confederate flag, and the Duke University boys choir. But Reed is no ideologue; his reflections on these and other issues are guaranteed to make everyone think. Often feisty, always frank, Kicking Back is vintage Reed. So kick back and prepare for a treat as the man the Kansas City Star called the "H. L. Mencken of Dixie" picks, provokes, pummels, and prods us to think and to laugh-- especially at ourselves.
John Shelton Reed taught for thirty-one years at the University of North Carolina, where he directed the Howard Odum Institute for Research in Social Science and helped to found the university's Center for the Study of the American South. A founding coeditor of the quarterly "Southern Cultures, "he has received many fellowships and prizes and has been president of the Southern Sociological Society and the Southern Association for Public Opinion Research. He was once a judge at the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, and in 2001 he was elected to the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Reed has written many books including "My Tears Spoiled My Aim" and "Surveying the South" (both with University of Missouri Press). He lives and writes in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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