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Boy with Loaded Gun : The Confessions of Lewis Nordan

Boy with Loaded Gun : The Confessions of Lewis Nordan Boy with Loaded Gun: The Confessions of Lewis Nordan by Gregory L. Morris In the hot summer of 1981, in a place called George’s Majes- tic Lounge in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Lewis (Buddy) Nordan began con- structing, as Nordan tells the story, the life of his most memorable char- acter, Sugar Mecklin. Hastily preparing for a reading and having nothing at hand to read, Nordan started putting paragraphs to legal paper, in- venting the story that would become “Sugar Among the Freaks” and the character who would occupy his imagination for the next twenty years. Nordan, in his own self-conscious recollection of the moment, puts it this way: “to say this only slightly more dramatically than I felt it at the time—Sugar Mecklin and his whole strange family were being born be- neath my hand” (“Foreword” xxii). Sugar and his “whole strange family” would come to life in the sto- ries in Nordan’s fi rst two collections, Welcome to the Arrow-Catcher Fair (1983) and The All- Girl Football Team (1986), and more fully (if not co- herently) in the novel-in-stories, Music of the Swamp (1991). In these fi c- tions, Nordan creates a biography of both place and character, shaping http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

Boy with Loaded Gun : The Confessions of Lewis Nordan

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © 2004 the Southern Literary Journal and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of English.
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1534-1461

Abstract

Boy with Loaded Gun: The Confessions of Lewis Nordan by Gregory L. Morris In the hot summer of 1981, in a place called George’s Majes- tic Lounge in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Lewis (Buddy) Nordan began con- structing, as Nordan tells the story, the life of his most memorable char- acter, Sugar Mecklin. Hastily preparing for a reading and having nothing at hand to read, Nordan started putting paragraphs to legal paper, in- venting the story that would become “Sugar Among the Freaks” and the character who would occupy his imagination for the next twenty years. Nordan, in his own self-conscious recollection of the moment, puts it this way: “to say this only slightly more dramatically than I felt it at the time—Sugar Mecklin and his whole strange family were being born be- neath my hand” (“Foreword” xxii). Sugar and his “whole strange family” would come to life in the sto- ries in Nordan’s fi rst two collections, Welcome to the Arrow-Catcher Fair (1983) and The All- Girl Football Team (1986), and more fully (if not co- herently) in the novel-in-stories, Music of the Swamp (1991). In these fi c- tions, Nordan creates a biography of both place and character, shaping

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The Southern Literary JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: May 19, 2004

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