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Friday, May 2, 2008

Still alive

Posted By and on Fri, May 2, 2008 at 11:32 AM

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The latest Oxford American — the first since the embezzlement drama — is on newsstands. Continuing a recent trend of releasing theme issues, this is the Home Issue.

Here's the teaser:

Dedicated to overturning the newsstand conventions of the genre, our Home Issue investigates the real places we live, tapping into the intimate relationships we have with our domestic spaces—how what we shape also shapes us. There is no place like home, especially in a dangerous economy, and our writers specify why, offering perspectives on the homeless and the homesick, the modern masterpieces you've not heard about, the highs and lows of home ownership, and the settings that exude our personal histories and innermost secrets.

Featuring Hal Crowther, Sarah M. Broom, Keith Pandolfi and Gaston Callum, Michael Donohue, Vivé Griffith, Jack Pendarvis, Michael Knight, Chris Bachelder, Dana Shavin, a star-studded team of contemporary architects led by Robert Ivy, Roy Blount, Jr., John T. Edge, and many others.

I've only had a chance to flip-through it and catch a bit in Marc Smirnoff's editor letter about misreading the embezzler's "essence," former Times staffer Warwick Sabin's steely publisher's photo and that sometimes Times contributor and OA editor at large Paul Reyes has a piece on the "life (and death by fire) of a historic home" here in Little Rock (1020 Rock St.) Below: a capsule preview of the article.

There's a fundraiser in Little Rock coming up on May 29. Details.
Paul Reyes explores the life (and death by fire) of a historic home in Little Rock. Jay and Barbara were deeply immersed in restoring and transforming a building—and had invested their life savings and grueling years of labor—into the home of their dreams. And then one night, the couple woke up to the smell of smoke. Within an hour or so, their home had burned down, leaving "just four charred walls and a hollowed inside." Reyes tracks the legal and bureaucratic battles (the fire started with the cruise control device in Jay's pickup truck and there is a lawsuit pending), the couple's conflicts with the local historic preservation board, the emotional fallout caused by losing all of one's possessions, and the unusual process by which a destroyed building can be resurrected through its parts (the floor's main support beam, copper wiring, and bricks). Photograph by Natalee Ferguson.

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