June 05, 2006

a feast of snakes

MP3: Martha & the Snakes (2.4 mb)

If I had to choose, I'd say that my favorite Harry Crews book is probably A Feast of Snakes (though that Gypsy's Curse story from the Classic Crews collection ranks about as high as anything). Grotesque more often than not, his tales expose the slithering underbelly of rural Southern culture in sharp contrast to those of greats such as Capote and O'Connor. It can be vile and depraved, but it's sure good for your eyes.

Martha's snakes aren't quite as real, and therefore aren't quite so frightening. With the change of a word or two, it might make a nicely disturbing children's song.

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