Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Eyehole Deep in Muddy Water

All around me, I could practically raise the dead.

In Rowan Oak:

"I have found that the greatest help in meeting any problem is to know where you yourself stand. That is, to have in words what you believe and are acting from."

How a man could think so clearly on the one hand, yet write such obfuscated prose on the other, will forever be a mystery to Moi. But I think I would have liked him anyway.


Ole Miss:

In the year I was born, the man represented by this statue, James Meredith, was the first African American to graduate from the University of Mississippi. But not without first having had other men, grim faced and gun toting, try to prevent him from doing so. My stomach tightens every time I try to imagine it. I wish they'd left the bullet holes in the surrounding buildings.


Graceland:

Because he can break us all with one song.


And this spot:

Chilling, sorrowful, and yet strangely hopeful.


7 comments:

Doris Rose said...

thank you for the brief...but, nonetheless, pithy tour and welcome home.

Meghan said...

I was wondering where you'd run off to...

Thanks for the pictures. Very cool.

Wicked Thistle said...

Those pictures made me think that you've been away in another world. And indeed, I think you have. I hope we'll hear more of your adventures to crackerland soon.

czar said...

proofreading note: some wags opine that among the proof for Elvis still being alive is that his tombstone misspells his middle name, which should be Aron. did you meet up with any True Believers?

moi said...

All: This country is wide and it is deep. And it would take more than this blog for me to explain just how much I heart the south and why. Even if on occasion I hang my head in despair or laugh right the heck out loud.

Here is the story on Elvis's middle name: his parents spelled it Aron, to match "Garon" his stillborn twin's middle name. Elvis preferred the Biblical Aaron and decided to legally change it to that spelling. But when he went to do so, turns out the state of Mississippi had spelled it Aaron (incorrectly) from the beginning. Hence, Aaron on the tombstone. It is legally correct.

As for misspellings and grammatical errors elsewhere – whoo! It became a game with me and SB, who could find the error on the plaques throughout Graceland and the other exhibits.

More to come . . .

ArtfulSub said...

If you want to read about a largely unknown semi-hero from those days, google LeRoy Collins.

He was the last democrat politician in America to have anything approaching a sense of honor. Willing to sacrifice his political career to do what he felt was right.

the Dread Pirate Rackham said...

wow.

that is all.