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Published on September 9th, 2015 | by Rafael Alvarez


The Great Magnolia Vagabond – Part 5


I passed through Mississippi twice in early 2005, headed west from Baltimore to Los Angeles in February and then again on the way back—Tinseltown to Crabtown—in March.

237magvag-2On the way out, right around Valentine’s Day, I lingered in Oxford giving away copies of a Baltimore art journal called LINK. I also asked around to see if someone could take me to the grave of the recently departed Larry Brown, the author of Dirty Work, who had passed a day before Thanksgiving the previous year and was buried on private property.

237magvag-3I was told by folks in the know that the Brown family had suffered a tragedy more recent than Larry’s death and it was not a good time. I thanked them, said a rosary bead for Brown, and rolled west.

On the way home, I was again in the Magnolia State—making time in a 99 VW Bug with a license plate that said THE WHO, 125,000 miles on the odometer and a couple of pens in the flower vase on the steering column.

According to the journal of that time, I passed through the town of Moselle in Jones County—population 3,200 on March 28. Nothing else is noted.  The Local Voice Ligature

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About the Author

Rafael Alvarez is a reporter, short story writer & screenwriter based in Baltimore. He has been visiting & writing about Mississippi since 1984. A former staff writer for HBO's "The Wire," his new book is a collection of short fiction called "Tales From the Holy Land."

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