Get to Know the South

By: José Manuel Simián

If you're Latino, chances are you don't know that much about the Deep South.

But don't worry. There's a fix for that.

It's called the Oxford American, a wonderful quarterly magazine that's a bit as if the New Yorker had less articles and more fiction, and it centered only on Southern culture. You know: great music, great food, great literature, a deep dense of identity, and a very complicated history (I'm being extremely polite here).

But let's go back to the music: one of the four issues the Oxford American publishes per year is devoted to the music of one southern state, and 2015's looks promising: it's all about Georgia and it has Mr. James Bronx on the cover, plus articles on Janelle Monáe, Outkast, Gram Parsons, Otis Redding, a little town called Athens, and many more. 

Oh, and did I mention that their yearly music issue comes with a CD that is packed with deep and some exclusive tracks?

Writing this is making me crave grits. And a cold one. 

While I go grab that, check the magazine's online archive, or just take a chance and subscribe.

You won't regret it.

LOGISTICS: The Oxford American, official site

José Manuel Simián is the Executive Editor of Manero. He used to be a lawyer and is probably listening to Bob Dylan as you read this.