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Graceland Too

Graceland Too

This is Graceland Too, an obsessive Elvis tribute museum packed with King-related kitsch. It's supposed to be mind blowing, and the owner is a real character, but unfortunately he didn't come to the door despite persistent knocking.


Rowan Oak

Rowan Oak

Rowan Oak is William Faulkner's home in Oxford, MS, which he moved into about halfway through his writing career.


Faulkner's Outline

Faulkner's Outline

In Faulkner's writing room, he outlined the plot to his novel A Fable, which won the Pulitzer Prize, on the wall.


Faulkner's Writing Room

Faulkner's Writing Room

Faulkner wrote his later novels in this room, at this chair, by this window. The table, in fact, was his writing table even before he moved into Rowan Oak. He would take it outside to write in the sun on nice days. A lot of good sentences were put to page on this table.


Square Books

Square Books

Ben in the Faulkner section at Square Books, Oxford's famous independent bookstore. It's right across the street from the courthouse and Confederate soldiers' monument that feature prominently in many of Faulkner's books.


Faulkner's Grave

Faulkner's Grave

William Faulkner's final resting place. He's on the left, his wife on the right.


Delta Cotton Company Apartment

Delta Cotton Company Apartment

We spent the night in this spacious (and reasonably priced) apartment above the Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, MS. The building used to be a cotton sales and storage center, and the skylight you can see the bottom of in this picture was used to help grade cotton by holding the fibers up to the light.


Red's Blues Club

Red's Blues Club

This juke joint was the highlight of the trip, if you ask me. During our blues music night in Clarksdale we enjoyed killer music and some Delta blues history lessons from Terry "Harmonica" Beam in this run-down but lovable club. The owner, Big Red himself, was a real character who made us feel very welcome.


Ground Zero

Ground Zero

Ground Zero Blues Club, the second live music stop on our night in Clarksdale. The apartment where we spent the night was on the second floor.


The Guys at Ground Zero

The Guys at Ground Zero

Brian, Jon and Ben pose in front of Ground Zero Blue Club the morning after enjoying some great live blues music on a Clarksdale Saturday night.


Vicksburg

Vicksburg

Nowhere on the trip was the memory of the Civil War more alive than in Vicksburg, where Ben posed with a Union gun next to the Mississippi River.


Natchez Trace

Natchez Trace

The Natchez Trace is a historic parkway that used to be a Native American footpath and was one of the first major roads through what was once Mississippi wilderness. It was a beautiful drive.


Emerald Mound

Emerald Mound

Near Natchez we stopped to see Emerald Mound, the second largest Native American ceremonial mound in the United States.


Emerald Mound

Emerald Mound

Emerald Mound in low sun.


Jackson Square

Jackson Square

On our first of two mornings in New Orleans we checked out Jackson Square.


Beignets

Beignets

To cure the first of two Bourbon Street hangovers, we went to Cafe du Monde for beignets and delicious coffee.


Faulkner House

Faulkner House

This building in the French Quarter in New Orleans is where Faulkner boarded as a young man, and wrote his first novel, Soldiers' Pay. The room where he wrote is now a small bookstore, Faulkner House Books. The woman there was extremely nice to us. She told us all about Faulkner's time in New Orleans and gave us dinner suggestions.


632 Saint Peter Street

632 Saint Peter Street

This is where Tennessee Williams lived while he was writing "A Streetcar Named Desire".


Preservation Hall

Preservation Hall

Preservation Hall was closed the nights we were in town, but we still got to hear some good jazz on Bourbon Street.


Jackson Square Jazz Band

Jackson Square Jazz Band

We listened to this band play jazz in Jackson Square. It brought back memories of playing trombone with the jazz band in high school.


Ben and Ignatious

Ben and Ignatious

This statue of Ignatious J. Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces is outside of the department store where he is waiting for his mother when the book opens. He's standing right under the clock that is mentioned in the scene.


Cemetery

Cemetery

One of New Orleans' distinctive above-ground cemeteries.


Cemetery

Cemetery

Another look at the cemetery.


Gulf Coast

Gulf Coast

Ben and Brian on the Gulf Coast. The effects of Hurricane Katrina are still very evident in this part of the country. Lots of empty lots along the Gulf.


Road Closed

Road Closed

We wanted to take the Blue Ridge Parkway during our drive from Clemson to Asheville, but apparently the road was still closed for the winter.