The Oxford American is a wonderful magazine that seemingly began its existence with nine lives, and has already gone through three or four of them. The magazine is beloved by subscribers for its once a year release of a CD with songs old and new accompanied by articles in the magazine about the music and its players.
The new issue breaks ground by including a DVD containing 16 short films to accompany the “Southern Movie” theme of the magazine. The second film included is “Born for Hard Luck,” an amazing look at the late “Peg Leg Sam: Jackson, whose photo is here:
Part of this 1976 film appeared in the 2001 French film, <i>Amelie</i>.
The rest of the issue contains various essays and the obligatory list (Have all magazine editors taken a pledge to have a list in every issue?) of “13 Essential Southern Documentaries,” which ranges from Ross McElwee’s “Sherman’s March” to “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.” Note to self: must rent that one.
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