CURTIS PRICE writes from Huntsville, Alabama. He is writing a book, Blessed Monsters: Social Pessimism in the Work of Nelson Algren and Richard Wright.
FEB 2018 | Field Notes
Through an unknown Facebook friend, I was added to a “secret” Facebook group of some 2,000-odd folks in northern Alabama, where I live. You can’t join, you have to be referred and vetted as trustworthy. I can’t call out its colorful name (which loosely translates as “Look Out For One Another [LOFOA],” which is the name I will use for this article) because group members must promise never to post or share information outside the group.
DEC 15-JAN 16 | Field Notes
Huntsville, nestled in the foothills where the Appalachian mountains trail off into flat Alabama farmland, lies a world away from the loamy soil of southern Alabama’s impoverished rural Beltthe Black Belt of Selma, Montgomery and “Bloody Lowndes” fame that birthed the civil rights movement.
JUNE 2015 | Field Notes
On April 27, 2015, Baltimore erupted into what was arguably the worst urban rioting in a major U.S. city since Los Angeles in 1992. Scores of buildings were looted and burned and at one point, so many buildings had been torched that the city ran out of fire equipment to put the fires out and had to summon surrounding county fire departments.