delta crime report

A random assortment of crimes in the Mississippi Delta in the last week or so. In Clarksdale, the president of the school board was caught stealing three bottles of air freshener, and has been banned for life from Fred’s store. Dr. Roger Weiner, former candidate for mayor of Clarksdale, was stopped at a roadblock with…

“You are a fool here. I hope you learn this gently.” BBC Q&A

Name: Richard Grant Title/bio: Author, journalist, presenter of the BBC documentary American Nomads, and current documentarian of tribal life in Ethiopia Website: Richardgrant.us Born in: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Currently living in: Pluto, Mississippi 1. Where would you rather be right now? The Mississippi Delta, my newly adopted home, rather than this west London suburb where I grew up. 2. Famous person…

Travel Writing Workshop

I’m doing a workshop called The Art and Hustle of Travel Writing in Tubac, Arizona, from August 30th to September 2nd. I will be giving a brief overview of the genre, from Herodotus up to contemporary travel writers like Rory Stewart and Paul Theroux. I’ll cover observational skills and interview techniques. Developing an instinct for…

delta crime report

I’ve been harvesting odd stories and snapshots of life from the crime reports in the local papers here in the Mississippi Delta. Some criminals here have unusual names, like Fonda Fry Golden (contempt), Charles Dickens (domestic violence), or Kunte Kinta Blissett (contempt). Of the Delta newspapers, the Enterprise-Tocsin in Indianola does the best job with its…

that’s so delta

‘That’s So Delta!’ is the marketing slogan adopted by the town of Greenwood, Mississippi. I think of it every time I see a camo golf cart, or drive past the dentist with the Coca-Cola sign. When a fifteen year old girl goes into wailing labor in the clothing aisle of Wal Mart: that’s so Delta.…