You would think we’d want to journey out of the American South after two posts dealing with Flannery O’Connor, but then all of a sudden we notice that The Paris Review has published an essay by John Jeremiah Sullivan, “Saved,” and we realize that resistance is futile. Today is officially Vol. 1 Brooklyn Loves the South Day.
This latest J.J.S. piece might or might not be the same essay you get when you purchase the Tompkins Square compilation Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard (Sullivan, Amanda Petrusich, and others contributed essays to the project about old time music about hard times, good times, and end times), but don’t let that stop you from reading the essay now, and then consider purchasing the box set when you’re finished.