Last Word

GROWING UP, I’D WATCH as my dad would disappear off into the woods near our home in southwest Arkansas. He’d wander back fairly soon, wearing a smile and holding a harvest of poke salad overflowing from a paper sack or a plastic Walmart bag. Sometimes he’d come inside the house wielding an armful of the…

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Magnolia

I now know where Waldo is. It (not he) is in Columbia County, about 8 miles northwest of my real destination, Magnolia. But I see no one at all dressed in a red-striped shirt and beanie, goshdarnit. Instead, I see a handwritten roadside sign for a family reunion and the Cottonbelt Church of God in Christ.…

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A Taste of Texas

JUST A FEW MILES north and west of Austin, Texas, the Pedernales River becomes one with the Colorado at the end of a 106-mile slink that carries it through the eastern edge of Hill Country. It’s a roiling stretch of land, cliffs that come up, reaching for the sky, red rocks against blue firmament. Cactus, sage,…

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Top Flight

THERE’S A SWEET, BREADY, DAMP smell that hits me like a punch in the nostrils. There is a burble, too—a low, soft cooing. I step on tufts of gray fluff and twigs, and avoid the two oblong blocks of mouse poison set on a plate and which look deceptively like tamales ready for eating. For a…

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Bruno’s Little Italy Deli

THERE IS SOMETHING about the marinara. Something about the way one bite of it—one taste of its savory, herb-spiked tomato-ness—pretty well allows you to transcend time and place. I know this because I’m sidled up to a Formica bar in Bruno’s Little Italy’s new deli, all bright lights and white subway tiles and deli cases and…

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Big Dam Bridge, Little Rock

6:46 p.m. FROM 400 FEET in the air, the nation’s second-longest pedestrian bridge (not to quibble over the details, but the present title-holder was originally built as a highway, which does seem kiiiinda like cheating) seems much smaller than it is. It’s tough to see the 24-plus million tons of concrete, the three million pounds…

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Strong Foundations

“Nobody does this alone,” she says. “No building is saved single-handedly. There are always multiple people involved.” Speaking with Rachel Silva about her tenure at the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, you tend to hear this a lot. How it wasn’t just her. How so much of the success she had as outreach coordinator for the…

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The River Guides

Memory is water, the blue-green rivers of the ozark mountains that run through our childhood.  Memory is the tangled green slime of the slough we waded through in search of snakes and snapping turtles. It is river-worn rocks under our feet, the Arkansas summer sun at our backs, the elation of running down the dirt…

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Good Tasting

Naughty bacon bleu cheese fries Core Public House, North Little Rock Maybe you’re not a “beer person,” which means, perhaps, that you’ve yet to visit Core Brewing’s Argenta taproom. Trust us: That’s a thing of the past. Because thanks to chef Jeff Wetzel’s new food menu—these fries, for one, but also sweet-tea fried chicken tenders…

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Arkansas Sketchbook

Can you imagine how it’d change you, an experience like this? If you were a young photographer taking classes for your BFA in photography. If you spent your days making portraits of people you knew, contracting out for weddings, documenting life’s moments, professionally and personally, as they appeared, unfolded, took shape before your lens. And if,…

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Fall Arts Guide

EXHIBITIONS STREET ART DATE NIGHTS MUSIC SHOWS FESTIVALS AND LECTURES EYE CANDY Six feast-for-the-eyes exhibitions opening this fall   The Art of American Dance Opens Oct. 22 at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville Ballet, ballroom, interpretive, indigenous, salsa, Jitterbug and swing—these forms of movement have shaped and been shaped by American…

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