Joe Bageant's Blog
March 23, 2015
The most thoroughly researched profile of Joe Bageant is in the current issue of The Baffler, a high quality print and online magazine. It is titled “Toxically Pure: Joe Bageant drops out”, written by John Lingan, and is several thousands words over 14 pages, including photographs not previously published.
Published on March 23, 2015 15:41 • 40 views
March 15, 2014
I look at those old pictures of my father, just returned from Korea with his khaki hat cocked at a devilish angle, leaning on the shiny black Plymouth. he looks happy and proud. I was six. He was my absolute hero. My total respect for him was never in question.
Published on March 15, 2014 10:09 • 42 views
January 20, 2014
Joe Bageant is in good company this week as his book Deer Hunting with Jesus was chosen as one of six "Best books" by U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, D-Minn.
Published on January 20, 2014 18:12 • 49 views
September 8, 2013
See the introduction to this series of posts: Writing on Things Southern and Past By Joe Bageant It happens perhaps once or twice every August. A violent red Virginia sundown drapes the land, the kind that bathes the farmhouses and ponds in reflected blood. It is as if the heat absorbed during dog days will erupt from the earth to set all the fields afire. Distant cars raise threatening dust clouds on the horizon that...
Published on September 08, 2013 21:11 • 95 views
June 1, 2013
See the introduction to this series of posts: Writing on Things Southern and Past By Joe Bageant I called the old man Grandpap. But most of my mother's family called him a son of a bitch. Which never bothered me. I still liked him. During the summers when I visited him in North Carolina I'd sit with the old man on the front porch of his cabin and plink away with a .22 rifle at...
Published on June 01, 2013 07:00 • 77 views
May 19, 2013
Lonzy Barker is missing. Has been for several months now. Nobody noticed it until that smelly old hermit didn't show up here at Dalton Bayles' post office store for his sardines and rock candy. "He could be layin' over there in his pigpen dead or something," says Dalton.
Published on May 19, 2013 08:45 • 55 views
May 6, 2013
As I drove through the decaying neighborhood in Winchester, Virginia the pain of growing up there came back -- the stabbing kind that only lasts a second but makes you flinch as you remember some small but stupid and brutal moment of adolescence.
Published on May 06, 2013 11:54 • 54 views
April 27, 2013
By Joe Bageant My family's ancestral home on Shanghai Road, a great sagging clapboard thing perched on a hill with its many filigreed balconies and porches like heisted antebellum petticoats, sat perched on a hill at the base of Sleepy Creek Mountain. Gnawed by the elements on the outside and woodsmoked by a thousand griddlecake mornings on the inside, where children ran the stairways and mice ran the cellars, my grandparent's house was stuffed and...
Published on April 27, 2013 08:08 • 49 views
April 26, 2013
When visiting Joe and his wife Barbara six years ago in Winchester, Virginia, I convinced Joe to show me some of his unpublished writing. He was reluctant, appearing almost embarrassed, and said the writing was not good and that was why it was never published. He gave me a file folder containing nine essays, typed with handwritten changes and corrections. These essays were beautiful. I wanted to start posting them on this website. Joe argued,...
Published on April 26, 2013 08:10 • 50 views
January 1, 2013
Joe Bageant on Timothy Leary. Not many people under 50, maybe 60, know about the impact that Timothy Leary had on American culture. Leary was a respected faculty member at Harvard when he conducted government-funded tests of LSD and psilocybin, which back then were perfectly legal.
Published on January 01, 2013 16:44 • 54 views