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May 6, 2009

Mighty Mississippi

Filed under: Books, Southern Stuff — sashyjane @ 11:50 am

As I’ve mentioned before, I love Garden & Gun.  I also love the look of old barns, quaint schoolhouses, old storefronts- anything that’s indicative of that sort of beautifully, sad Old South.  Apparently, author Gloria Norris appreciates that same forlorn beauty because Garden & Gun has just done a feature on her Highway 51 pictorial series documenting her travels through Mississippi.

Here’s the article on the website:

One for the Road

In a world of eight-lane superhighways lined by strip malls and Ruby Tuesdays, Highway 51 remains a road that’s worth slowing down for. Bob Dylan recorded a ballad named after it. William Faulkner and Eudora Welty grew up alongside it. But never before has the storied stretch of two-lane highway that bisects the Mississippi hill country—wending its way south from Memphis to Jackson—been the subject of a photography book.

With ninety original images, and an introduction by Rick Bass, Highway 51 (available May 1) is a sumptuous tribute to the legendary route and the distinct culture that has grown up around it. Taken by hill country native and author Gloria Norris, the photos capture swamps and pasture, a lone crawfish shack, the mist in the air after a good rain, and music, always music (the area is known for the likes of blues masters R. L. Burnside and Mississippi John Hurt).

If you can’t hit the road, we suggest having a seat on the couch, throwing open the windows, cranking up some road tunes, and cracking open the book. It’s the next best thing to cruising down the blacktop.

The images speak for themselves so I won’t ruin them (even though I’m really tempted!) with corny captions .



a-hwy-51-img-1*One quick interjection: Who knew that monks loved Elvis?!





a-hwy-51-img-6*Another quick interjection: The above image captures so many aspects of the South that can’t accurately be put into words.






*The below is my favorite image and it’s my computer background right now:a-hwy-51-img-8

*All photos by Gloria Norris

I’m seriously going to pick up a copy of this book because if the other images are half as good as these, I won’t be able to put it down!



  1. I love all of these, and next time you come to visit me, we’ll have to go to Boyd’s Bar b que where the scene is almost exactly the same scene as that fourth of July one.

    Comment by Susie Mae — May 6, 2009 @ 2:34 pm

  2. […] interest in all things tragically beautiful.  I’ve since been drawn to Eudora Welty books, deteriorating barns and buildings and most recently, Grey […]

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