1. Couple at Coney Island in 1928 photographed by Walker Evans. 
Evans is the celebrated photographer who collaborated with James Agee for the book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men a book that examines sharecropping families during the Dust Bowl (and Great Depression) in 1936. The book was one-of-a-kind for its combination of factual reporting, poetic prose, and jarring, iconic photography. It exposed many of the complicated layers of the disaster that ravaged the landscape and the families who lived and worked there.  
Melville House just released a never-before-seen article Agee wrote (and Evans photographed) called Cotton Tenants. that “enhances the reputation" of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, reinforcing the Agee and Evans’ contribution to journalism, writing more broadly, and documentary photography. 
Here’s a review by John Jeremiah Sullivan of the newly discovered manuscript. 
photo via the Metropolitan Museum of Art  View in High-Res

    Couple at Coney Island in 1928 photographed by Walker Evans

    Evans is the celebrated photographer who collaborated with James Agee for the book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men a book that examines sharecropping families during the Dust Bowl (and Great Depression) in 1936. The book was one-of-a-kind for its combination of factual reporting, poetic prose, and jarring, iconic photography. It exposed many of the complicated layers of the disaster that ravaged the landscape and the families who lived and worked there.  

    Melville House just released a never-before-seen article Agee wrote (and Evans photographed) called Cotton Tenants. that “enhances the reputation" of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, reinforcing the Agee and Evans’ contribution to journalism, writing more broadly, and documentary photography. 

    Here’s a review by John Jeremiah Sullivan of the newly discovered manuscript. 

    photo via the Metropolitan Museum of Art 

  2. afternoon photo break

    coney island

    walker evans

    metropolitan museum of art

    let us now praise famous men

    james agee

    john jeremiah sullivan

  1. Over at the Paris Review Online, one of my favorite writers — John Jeremiah Sullivan — has a short essay about the tension between religious belief and religious music. It is also an essay about a new collection of old country music —Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard — collected by Kentuckian Don Wahle, who kept the records in boxes until the day he died. Says Sullivan about the track “Beyond the Starry Plane”:






From the abyss of the static come “dear Mother” and “no matter what I do” and “we shall meet again” and “Jesus is my God.” I listen to this song and imagine Don Wahle listening to it, leaning forward to hear it better. An infinitesimal point of communion, a shared pause before the obliteration.






Sullivan also wrote the liner notes for the collection, which Milo Miles reviewed for Fresh Air a few weeks back.
-Nell
Image by Tennessee Home and Farm via Flickr Commons View in High-Res

    Over at the Paris Review Online, one of my favorite writers — John Jeremiah Sullivan — has a short essay about the tension between religious belief and religious music. It is also an essay about a new collection of old country music —Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard — collected by Kentuckian Don Wahle, who kept the records in boxes until the day he died. Says Sullivan about the track “Beyond the Starry Plane”:

    From the abyss of the static come “dear Mother” and “no matter what I do” and “we shall meet again” and “Jesus is my God.” I listen to this song and imagine Don Wahle listening to it, leaning forward to hear it better. An infinitesimal point of communion, a shared pause before the obliteration.

    Sullivan also wrote the liner notes for the collection, which Milo Miles reviewed for Fresh Air a few weeks back.

    -Nell

    Image by Tennessee Home and Farm via Flickr Commons

  2. Fresh Air

    Reviews

    Milo Miles

    Don Wahle

    Work Hard Play Hard Pray Hard

    John Jeremiah Sullivan

    Paris Review