Rick Bragg on Southern Writing

Author Rick Bragg delivers his views on writing about the South.

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[BLANK_AUDIO] Hi I'm Rick Bragg and I write for Southern Living because, it's the perfect place to write about things from my heart. I've covered some pretty hard things, written about some hard things. My books are about the working class people of the foothills of the Appalachians but there also a love story about the south in general. At this point in my life I've kind of realised that things that are most important really are going to see your mama. They are sticking your toes in some sand. They are swinging a hammer, and trying to get that fence to stay up over a pasture that you love. They are spending time with your family Teaching your boy how to fish, badly. Trying not to, trying not to hurt your wife's feelings when, when she changes her meatloaf recipe. These are the things. That the, the culture and the beauty and the music, and the, certainly the food, the architechture. But more than anything, just the, the being, the, the everyday walking around part of being a southerner. I don't want to write about us in cliches. We're too complicated for that. You want to make a mistake in writing about southerners, generalize, rationalize, you'll make a mistake about southerners. I think some loves unifies, some some issues might tug us apart. And quite frankly, tug us apart in ways that, that break my heart. But then there are the things that pull us back together again. And, I love writing about being here, eating here, sweet tea might be a cliche, but it's a delicious cliche. And I think that the readers for Southern Living are the perfectly appropriate place. Hearing from them has been a great pleasure. I was tickled to death to know that, that [INAUDIBLE] was in mad love with me. I'm not sure how I'm gonna explain that to my wife. But I'll take it. But more than anything I, I really like writing to, about, and for people who get it. They just get it. And you don't have to explain yourself. I've been explaining myself for a long time. I'm not doing it anymore.
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