Confederates in the Attic

Confederates in the Attic : Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War was a bit hard to pay attention to clear to the end no matter how much I liked the idea of it and the specific things I learned from it. The bulk of the action is Tony traveling around the south checking out the culture of Civil War reenactment by participating. It is really interesting to see a bit into the way southern culture was shaped by history and how the Civil War persists. Sounds obvious, I know, but I am very northern so it’s all new.

The back cover blurb from the Washington Post says, “Hilariously funny.” Not true! At all! By the end I felt a bit like Tony Horwitz was losing himself like Jim Carrey did impersonating Andy Kauffman making Man in the Moon. Published in 1998 it also manages to feel dated. We’re less naive about racism now. Thanks Donald.

Should you read it? Maybe probably, but feel free to power-skim.

*Those who recall yrmama’s reading recommendations from years past will recall they were mostly about works of fiction. Now you’ll soon recall they mostly aren’t. I can’t recall a way to explain. It’s a sense of nausea and creeping dread deep in the gut that for five years I have recalled and consistently avoided.

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