Hold Still

Hold Still

Hold Still Memories of the American South by Sally Mann Sally Mann is best known for her evocative landscape work in the American South and her intimate portraits of her young children. In her groundbreaking memoir ​Hold Still​ (Little Brown), Mann’s vivid, salty, and illuminating prose matches the artistry of her photographs. Her concerns about family, race, mortality, and the storied landscape of the American South ­ are revealed as almost genetically predetermined, written into her DNA by a colorful cast of characters who came before her. Sorting through boxes of family papers and yellowed photographs, Sally found a payload of Southern Gothic: deceit, scandal, alcohol, car crashes, bogeymen, clandestine affairs, disputed land, vast sums of money made and lost, and even bloody murder.  “In 1998, right after bluffing Virginia Farm Credit out of the loan for the farm, I set out on the first of my several trips down into Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.” “The Suburban was packed to the headliner with coolers of film, smaller coolers with food and booze, nearly identical cylinders of sleeping, film-changing, and tent bags, the lunchbox-sized, primitive cell phone that Larry insisted I take, folders with heavily annotated maps, and in the far back, the darkroom with stacks of frame-quality glass, silver-blackened trays, and explosive, burping bottles of ether-based chemicals. “Similar in ways to working with ortho film, I found the wet-plate collodion process could give both freedom of expression and the satisfaction of ceremonial process, as if someone had sewn Jackson Pollock’s paint slinging arm onto a body controlled by the brain of Seurat. It was the perfect technique, I now realize, for the granddaughter of that sentimental but methodical Welshman, to use on...
Across the Universe

Across the Universe

Across the Universe Spiritual Medium James Van Praagh Interview by Lauri Lyons The veteran spiritual medium and clairvoyant, James Van Praagh, gives us the low down on the afterlife.     What is your interpretation of the soul and how does it relate to our bodies? James Van Praagh:  A soul is separate from the human traits that we take on. The soul is the life, the part of us that will be around until the end of time. It’s our makeup, the essence of ourselves. The human part of us, this human shell, really is just that. It takes on the types of traits such as criticism and judgment, abandonment, commitment issues, things like that. Its experiences move it forward to grow. The spirit is the soul’s animation, like the breath of life.       What inspired you to start traveling to do spiritual work? I used to bring groups of people to spiritual places. The very first trip I went on was to Brazil. I wanted to bring a group of thirty people down there. Then I went to Sedona in Arizona. That’s how I first started. Then my book started selling internationally and the publishers sent me to do workshops in different countries. I went to Brazil, Japan, Australia, and Germany. I really get out there to do my work and teach people. I’m first and foremost a teacher. People know me from all over the world, so it gives them a chance to see me.   Do you think nations and borders are real? No. In the reality of everything, we are all one. We...

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