The Hog Wildest

    “Good morning, Hogmerica!” Since 2008, Mike Cormack has woken up, gone online and greeted Razorback Nation with a daily affirmation of Razorback fandom. He’s posted his trademark phrase on Twitter and Facebook more than 2,000 times and, to his knowledge, has never missed a morning. “Some folks get upset if I’m late,” says…

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Fall into the Season

It’s no secret that small-town Arkansas is worlds away from high-fashion hotbeds like New York and Los Angeles. Sure, we don’t have the same ease of access to top-label runway shows or big-name, in-the-know sartorialists—but that doesn’t mean we don’t know style. Take for instance these six local boutique owners, who, when they’re not helping…

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Swinesong

“WOOOOOOO. Pig. Sooie. Wooooooo! Pig! Sooie! Woooooo! Pig! Sooie!  Razorbacks!” It is arguably collegiate sport’s most famous cheer. Some say it is the most ridiculous. And yet the Hog Call, as it is affectionately known, is indelibly associated with Arkansas and Arkansans. “Friends of Bill” led puzzled New Hampshire voters in the cheer in 1992,…

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Raising the Bar

  The bar was smoky, extremely smoky. Gray plumes drifted lazily from the ends of cigarettes, collecting at the ceiling where they hung like rainclouds. Regulars lined the wooden bar stretching from nearly one end of the shotgun building to the other, taking up half of the one-room watering hole. Across a narrow walking lane,…

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Arkansas Sketchbook

At first glance, picking one image seems wrong. Seems to negate the existence of all the others—a range of images spanning World War II to just a few years ago—because one photo is just one tile in a mosaic of a life lived. But for someone like Billie Seamans, 92, for whom life has been…

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Sniffing Out Cancer

Three years ago in a lab at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Donna Waugh introduced her border collie, John D., to ovarian-cancer tissue. Waugh and her research partner, gynecologic oncologist Dr. Alexander “Sandy” Burnett, weren’t sure there would be any scent for the dog to find. But if any dog…

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The Comeback Kings

When you shut down a family-owned restaurant that’s been around for more than six decades, people tend to ask questions—namely, “When are you going to open it again?” “Every day [I get that],” says Vince Bruno, smiling wryly. “I’ve been the face of Bruno’s about 25 years. No lie. I get stopped all the time…

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Keeping Summer Crisp

“It’s all about your personal taste,” says Standridge. “And it’s very forgiving.” At home in Mabelvale, Standridge’s recipe box is full of at least 20 pickle recipes from her grandmother, Clarice Slaten. Each is handwritten, the most loved showing the most wear. Look closely, and it’s easy to see where Standridge has scratched out certain…

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Hot Seat

[metaslider id=2130] Sure, we understand the benefit in choosing neutral, ready-to-stand-the-test-of-time investment pieces, like a linen Chesterfield sofa or a great natural rug. We also understand, however, that with each change of season (and each new Pinterest session, each new issue of Elle Decor, etc.) we find ourselves aching to inject our spaces with the…

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Paddling Through

  Louis Shaw and William Davis have less than 30 seconds to form a canoe. After half an hour in a 20-foot-long convection oven set at 290 degrees, the plastic sheet—a multi-layered plastic called Royalex—is just malleable enough to vacuum-mold into the body of a boat. “It’s controlled chaos,” Shaw says. “A big, wet lasagna…

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