First Taste: TAE

“Is it cliché to love fried chicken? Probably, but that doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter because fried chicken is a good thing, a good-with-a-capital-G Good thing, and the world needs more Good things. There’s something so perfect about a lump of bone-in meat, skin still crackling on a plate, all rough and jagged, looking like the surface of Mars.”

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Hometown: Learning The Hardy Way

I MAY HAVE made a terrible mistake. I have come to the small town of Hardy—population 772—on a Sunday. In the rain. With my city-born and -bred 14-year-old. “I just want something to happen today,” Avery said on the 2 1/2-hour drive here from central Arkansas, and I don’t think buckets of water falling from the sky and an almost completely shuttered town qualify as “happening.”

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